Lumiere London

It’s almost time to visit London’s biggest ever light festival – Lumiere. 

From King’s Cross to Mayfair, the famous (and free) festival will take over the capital for the first time, taking centre stage from 14th to 17th January.

Central London will be lit up each evening, with iconic buildings being transformed into mesmerising installations with floating fish, neon dogs, and 3D projected elephants.

Produced by Artichoke, Lumiere has previously dazzled Durham and Derry.

Read more about the unmissable festival here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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A breathtaking pavilion in a Russian park changes its visuals with the time of day.

P-Cube, by UNSTABLE, sits in the heart of VDNKh Park in Moscow, towering above its surroundings.

The 9m x 9m installation consists of skeletal scaffolding and a translucent fabric, which changes during the day and at night to create a ‘physical-digital environment of light and shadows’, incorporating a variety of vibrant visuals.

The immersive experience is completed by a soundtrack composed by local electronica act Pixelord.

See P-Cube in action below and let us know what you think of it.

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Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

This may well be the perfect Friday pick-me up: the winners of the first annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been revealed.

The photographs bring a sense of humour to the beauty of nature, with candid images of an eccentric lemur pulling a Travolta pose and a seal that looks like it’s literally rolling on the floor laughing, all in breathtaking surroundings.

Awards founder Paul Joynson-Hicks explained: “I often enter wildlife photography competitions but I love seeing the funny pictures. Strangely enough, they are harder to come by than you might think.”

Take a look at the images here and let us know your favourites.

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Wonderful window displays

Creative Bloq has put together a colourful list of some of the most eyecatching window displays.

This blog showcases fifteen talented graphic designers and artists who have collaborated with retailers to create extravagant and unique displays that entice and inspire customers.

Selfridges makes several appearances on the list, including its current solar system display and Tequila Patrón’s sixty hands scene, cementing the London store’s reputation as the home of some of the world’s most exciting windows. 

Other stores on the list include Barneys, New York, which is exhibiting live ice sculpting by Okamoto Studio until the 31st December.

Take a look at all the wonderful window displays here and let us know your favourites.

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New York’s Winter Garden has received a mesmerising transformation with 650 pulsating lanterns.

Design firm Rockwell Group suspended colourful light cubes inside the Manhattan atrium, naming the installation ‘Luminaries’.

Luminaries is controlled by ‘wishing stations’ at the base of the sculpture, which allow visitors to control the colour of each cube, while five light shows have also been programmed into the display.

If you’re lucky enough to be in New York, the mesmerising installation will be open until January.

Take a  closer look at Luminaries here and tell us what you think of it.

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The World’s Fastest Place

‘The World’s Fastest Place’ is a unique book of stunning photography, examining the motor racers of the Bonneville Salt Flats.

The author/photographer Alexandra Lier has documented the adrenaline-fuelled petrolheads who descend on the Utah salt pan each year with their bikes, cars, and trucks, capturing the desolate white landscape against an ethereal blue sky.

The Salt Flats are home to more speed records than any other location on Earth, and the book recreates some of the incredible atmosphere by incorporating a QR code that holds audio of some of the races.

Find out more about ‘The World’s Fastest Place’ here and tell us what you think of it.

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Urban Photographer of the Year

CBRE’s Urban Photographer of the Year competition has just published a selection of this year’s winning images.

Celebrating the cultural diversity of urban life, 21,000 incredible images from 113 countries were entered into the contest.

Categories included ‘Mobile’, ‘Young Person’, and ‘Regional’, as well as the intriguing ‘Hourly’ section, which showcases the best photographs taken at each hour of the day.

The overall winner, Oscar Rialubin’s ‘Xyclops’ is a dramatic black and white photograph of a man at work.

Take a look at some of the winners here and let us know your favourites.

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