January 22, 2016

Canary Wharf Winter Lights

When I saw that Canary Wharf was holding a light exhibition, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take some night shots. All the installations were created by artists/designers using various forms of light technology. Some were interactive, which was amazing to experience. You can read all about it on Canary Wharf's website. The event ends today, so if you're in London, make sure to check it out tonight, as you won't be disappointed.

Hubby and I braved the cold with gloves and scarves to hand and enjoyed the experience. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see all of them, as we arrived only 2 hours before they would be switched off at night and... well, Canary Wharf is huge and the distances between them means a lot of walking, so if you go, arrive early!

I was really disappointed that I didn't get to see the Fantastic Planet installation. I was about 5 minutes too late, but here are the ones I managed to capture. I did not bring my tripod, as I'm generally lazy to trek it around, but I'm still happy with my shots.

This first shot was a two second exposure of a spinning ring forming a sphere of light. This was the only long exposure I took, while my camera was balanced on a wall. Not perfect, but it works.

I couldn't resist taking this shot of the pretty lit up trees outside. Even if you don't make the event, you will appreciate all the lights in and around Canary Wharf. Just too magical.


  1. I saw it a couple of weeks ago and loved it. I'm glad I saw it first (before Lumiere). 'Light Sphere' <- I guess it wasn't dark enough which explains my photo, as I mentioned. http://jenikya.com/blog/2016/01/winter-lights-canary-wharf.html

    1. I did a long exposure, hence the sphere shape. With the naked eye, you can't really see any rings of light, even in the dark. I still have to check out Lumiere!

  2. Excellent light art! The amazing light instillation I ever seen!

  3. Awesome concept and beautiful pix.