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The Artistic Way to Light Up the Night by the Bay

Singapore’s iconic waterfront, Marina Bay, is often used as a site for events and exhibitions so when Asia’s second open air light art festival was held at Marina Bay and was open to the public, I popped by for a look.

For some strange reason, I’ve not been to the Marina Bay Sands shopping mall and casino. But my excuse for going down to check out the artworks was really to test out my Canon EOS 500.

It has been awhile since I used this workhorse of mine and I felt that this would be a good opportunity to take it out for a walk. So I loaded it with a roll of Lomography CN800 film and off I went.

According to the festival’s website iLight Marina Bay 2012 is the second edition of Asia’s first and only sustainable light art festival. There are displays and exhibits by 30 multi-disciplinary artists with a strong focus on works from Asia.

I arrived at 7pm when the sun had gone down and started the solo photo walk at the Marina Bay Sands ArtScience Museum.

Garden of Light
The Light Dam
Illumination Disorders II
Bibigloo – this artwork stood out.
The Gate – I was totally floored by the result!

I saw a single pole that was lighted up so I decided to try a panned shot or two. Surprisingly, it worked!

There were other things to photograph as well, such as a ‘live’ band, a traditional street vendor selling his handmade wares on the spot, and some people watching.

Despite the lack of a tripod and shooting at 1/8 of a second most of the time, the Lomography CN800 film did well. The photos came out better than I expected.

While I didn’t get to see all the exhibits as they were spread out across the bay, I did enjoy looking and photographing what I saw. I’m also glad that it didn’t rain that night. Also it was fun checking out the shopping mall. And no, I didn’t visit the casino.

written by uncle_jay


  1. hxloon


    I light-painted The Merlion twice!

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  2. hairil


    Was there last week with a group of fellow analogue photography buffs. Great sights & sounds!

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  3. lawypop


    i missed this!! :( thanks for this awesome article!

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  4. uncle_jay


    @lawypop: Thanks! Happy to share what I saw and shot. :)

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