Today’s post features images taken inside Pentalum – a Luminarium, designed by Architects of Air, and sited in Milton Keynes recently as part of a Major Arts festival.
A Luminarium is a monumental inflated sculpture of labyrinthine passages and large domed spaces, made of plastic through which the outdoor light shines. It is an intense visual experience, assisted in this recent example by David Bickley’s superb background sound. I had heard of Luminaria but never visited one. If you ever get the opportunity to visit one, then do go – you will not be disappointed. Cameras are allowed. For more information visit Architects of Air – click the link in the first paragraph above.
It is the colour that is both dramatic and also ethereal in a Luminarium. The whole experience is immensely calming. Children are enthralled, and many disabled people also visited this Luminarium and it was easy to tell how much they had enjoyed the experience.
Photographing a Luminarium is not easy. Images are everywhere, but it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and trying to evoke the experience is not easy. I made two visits – one with the Canon G10 and a second one armed with my dSLR. There were no problem using a camera, and people and children were not difficult to photograph. A high ISO was required, and I found the Nikon was not good at judging the exposure, blowing the highlights repeatedly, while the Canon contained them. It was an experience that also required patience: waiting for people to move. But also there were times when the inclusion of a figure added that vital extra dimension.
Enjoy the extensive gallery that follows. Click on the first image and then navigate through.