There are lots of fairs in Frankfurt over the year. I've read, Frankfurt has the third largest exhibition grounds in the world. Every march the 'Light and building' fair takes place. The major visitor groups are architects, interior architects, designers, planners and engineers etc.
Every 2nd, year, the 'Light + Building' is accompanied by the 'Luminale Festival of Light' for a total of six days. The Luminale Festival turns Frankfurt into a sea of light, with out- and indoor installations by light artists, who are making more than 100 sites in the city sparkle and shine. I planed to visit the 3 largest outdoor light-installations, but I only managed 2 of them. Since I had no experience in night-photography at all, it was a great opportunity to improve my skills.
The first light-installation I visited, was at the European Central Bank (ECB). The north-facade was transformed into a huge animated street art gallery.
Illustrations by the illustrator Andreas Preis were converted into a 3D moving picture show.
I arrived around 7:30 p.m at the ECB, where already hunderts of spectators waited for the start of lightshow. Of course there were also plenty of photographers, I have never seen so many tripods at the same time! It wasn't so easy to find a proper place for my tripod, unfortunately a great area in front of the ECB is closed off for security reasons and protected by security guides. The lightshow itself was fantastic, I absolutely loved it and I stayed longer than I planed.
The second lightshow I visited, was at the Römer. The Römer is the city hall of Frankfurt for over 600 years. Sigrid aka Sistlau uploded a daylight photo of the Römer in her post 'Skyscraper' from 22Jan18. (Sigrid, ich widme dir diesen speziellen Frankfurt-Post, ist ja schließlich deine Geburtsstadt !! ;-) )
At the Römer, the light-artist Philipp Geist designed the large-scale and walkable outdoor-installation 'FRANKFURT FADES'.
By using video and large-screen projectors, he created a walk-in installation so that the visitors were integrated into the artwork itself. Simultaneously, abstract painted compositions and words were projected onto the Römer and the City Hall facade. This fascinating work was also visited by hundreds of spectators.
I actually wanted to visit also the Old Opera House, where another light-installation was presented, but after I left the Römer, I decided to make a walk to the Bridge 'Eiserner Steg', it's just a 3 minute walk from the Römer. 'Eiserner Steg' is a pedestrian bridge over the river Main, which connects the centre of Frankfurt with the famous apple-wine district, Sachsenhausen.
From this bridge you have a great view to the skyscrapers, which gave Frankfurt it's nickname 'Mainhattan'. I always planed to make some nightshots from here, so that night was the perfect opportunity.
After I finished my shooting, it was almost near midnight and I missed the last lightshow at the old opera at 10:45 p.m.
But the heck with it, the next Luminale is already in 2 years...! :-)