Spectra Light Tower

I have been in Hobart attending the annual Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Nikon Event. I was lucky to photograph the amazing Ryoji Ikeda’s “Spectra Light Tower”. It comprises some 49 lights that point skyward as a huge beacon. Depending on the weather the beam can reach as far as 15km. The installation included ethereal music that had a very low bass note that really penetrated your body and did not feel that comfortable. Luckily the many speakers surrounding the light installation faced in, so you were only affected if you were up close. I believe it was only displayed during the Dark MOFO festival and now has been dismantled.


Spectral Light Tower 01- (love the Southern Cross)

Spectral Light Tower 02 – (contrasts with Cenotaph Monument)

Spectral Light Tower 03 – (a definite “beam me up Scotty” moment)

Spectral Light Tower 04 – (onlookers in quiet reflection)

Spectral Light Tower 05 – (soap bubbles waft in the light stream)

Spectral Light Tower 06 – (like moths to the flame)

Spectral Light Tower 07 – (ghostly figures)

#hobart #spectra #dark_mofo

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  1. Jenni kirk June 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    wow love these shot Mark

    • MKImages June 25, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

      thnx Jenni really happy with images I captured – Cheers Mark

  2. Roy June 25, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Very cool MK – ghosts are very appropriate.

    • MKImages June 25, 2013 at 9:20 am #

      thnx Roy – normally I would be annoyed at people just walking into my shot, but when I saw the effect from sodium vapour lights behind me I actually shot half a dozen or more. The 8sec exposure seemed to work ok, but depended on how fast they were walking (or if they paused) Cheers Mark

  3. Callum June 24, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Pretty impressive…and the pics aren’t bad either!!

    Looking forward to seeing what else you shot in Tassie.

    • MKImages June 24, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

      Thanks Callum
      Pretty happy with the Phase shots, was expecting a bit more noise, but I stayed at ISO100 & shot between 5 & 20sec. The Alpa fitted with the ultra-wide 23mm really let me open up aperture & getting a lot of scene in especially when I was up close. Tilting the lens upwards really made the verticals converge, but I really like the effect it has given me 🙂
      Cheers Mark

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