Vivid Sydney, a 23-day festival of light, music and ideas has become one of the most popular events in all of Australia. While the festival showcases music and influential and inspirational speakers, for many, the free Vivid Light show is the main attraction.
From the Sydney Harbor Bridge to the Royal Botanic Gardens, each year artists transform this iconic city into a vibrant display of colors. While harsh weather has damaged some of the pieces in recent days, filmmaker Matthew Vandeputte was lucky enough to be on site before the storms hit.
Vandeputte’s “Swoosh” video is an interesting tour around the Sydney festival. The handheld camera movements bring viewers right into the action, making us feel as if it is us who are walking through the colorful light sculptures.
Vandeputte’s phenomenal work is getting a huge boost in attention since he was recently featured on the Instagram blog.
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It’s storming in Sydney, Australia, which means limited access to the spectacle that is Vivid Sydney, an annual three-week light and music festival. (Think city-as-giant-kaleidoscope.) But Matthew Vandeputte (@matjoez) aims to fulfill “your Vivid needs” with his time-lapse photography. “It’s nothing more than a hobby that got way, way out of hand,” the 26-year-old, who is based in Sydney but now travels around the world making pictures, says of his work. “I saw a video at film school and it blew my mind. It showed mountains and stars and clouds and my mind just fell open.” This year, that “hobby” landed Matthew in an empty Sydney Opera House, spending the night with a small group of photographers who got to capture Vivid straight through to sunrise. Matthew doesn’t need massive light installations to get inspired though. “It’s a bit of an addiction. I go out every few days. Even to places I’ve shot before. Every sunrise, every sunset is different.” To see more from the festival, check out #vividsydney. Video by @matjoez