17/03/2014

Melbourne: White Night and Moomba Festival

For the past five years, I have been fortunate enough to live in the heart of metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. In fact, the city has witnessed many of my "firsts" - the first time I've been swindled, my first valentine, my first (and possible the only) graduation, first time living alone....the list goes on and on. But that is not the only reason why Melbourne holds a truly special place in my heart.

More than that, like a cultured and sophisticated socialite, Melbourne is a delight during the day with its leafy sidewalks, European-inspired buildings mashed with contemporary skyscrapers, not to mention the laneway cafes and bars. But, as every social butterfly knows, night time is when she shines and dazzles. In the same way, Melbourne comes alive after dark, creating a magnificent tapestry of lightwork that seduces and entrances.

Like a moth to flame, I just could not help but picked up my camera to capture some images of Melbourne during White Night and Moomba Festival.

White Night Melbourne: For one night before the summer ends, Melbourne City transforms itself into a celebration of music, food, art and light, from dusk till dawn. The city refused to sleep, and its people obliged. Cheers, music and laughter rang throughout the night from 7pm to 7am. Streets were closed, tram services were halted to accommodate hundreds of thousands of people who came from near and far to join in the celebration. I must admit we all looked like zombies walking in one direction towards the light shows. But boy, were they amazing! I was especially awe-struck at the massive displays along Flinders Street and Forum Theatre:





Moomba Festival: Every Labour Day long weekend, Melburnians gathered to celebrate the Moomba festival, which is a free community festival that has food, rides, music and even waterskiing events along the Yarra River. I've been to Moomba Festival during the day and night, and I've always preferred to join in the celebration at night. The rides are a dizzying display of lights themselves, always giving me a hypnotising feeling...in a good way. Of course, it won't be a celebration without a full ten-minute firework display. This year, I experimented with long-exposure photography in an attempt to capture movements, but I ended up with something that gives off the Alice In Wonderland down the rabbit hole type of images.







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