White Night Melbourne 2014 – Photo Essay

White Night Melbourne

White Night Melbourne

Melbourne welcomed White Night for the second year with an expanded program. This time, word of mouth got around to approximately 500,000 people, seeing the streets of Melbourne packed to the brim for arts and culture in the wee hours of the morning.

I worked my way from north to south to capture the night, shooting for nine hours.
This is what I saw.

9pm – Lisa Mitchell live, QV

Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell

While not an official White Night event, as darkness fell, Lisa Mitchell started the evening with a delightful outdoor performance set in front of Luma Domes light installation by Kit Webster and Pierre Proske in QV Square.

11pm – Purple Rain, Old Melbourne Gaol

Purple Rain

A little moment in Purple Rain

The one hour wait was worth it. A visual and audio experience created by French artist Pierre Ardouvin, visitors were handed umbrellas and showered with illuminated rain, as Prince’s Purple Rain played.

12am – Melbourne, Music & Me Exhibition, RMIT

Melbourne, Music & Me

Melbourne, Music & Me

The Melbourne, Music & Me Exhibition put on an all-nighter for its final night. Showcasing the history of Australian music, affiliated with Mushroom Group of Companies, featuring tour memorabilia, awards and costumes of Kylie Minogue, Skyhooks, Crowded House, P!nk and Madonna.

1am – Vortex, Southbank Pedestrian Bridge

Vortex

Vortex

The bridge was transformed into a sci-fi visual experience. To be honest, it didn’t quite live up to the itinerary.

2am – Melbourne Now, NGV

Melbourne Now

Confessions on a dancefloor – Melbourne Now

The NGV was still buzzing in the early hours of the morning, with Melbourne Now and Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion were open all night, free of charge. The highlight – Darren Sylvester’s ‘For You’ disco room installation in the Melbourne Now exhibition.

4am – Midden, Birrarung Marr

Midden

Midden

An amazing 360 degree illumination paying tribute to the traditional owners of the land.

4:30am – Wonderland, Flinders Street

Flinders St Illuminations

Flinders St Illuminations

With the crowd began to thin out, creating an eery Wonderland landscape.

5am – Molecular Kaleidoscope – Virus one billion times, State Library of Victoria

Virus times a billion

Virus times a billion

Always an educational experience to be had at the State Library of Victoria. The interior was illuminated with magnified 3D renderings of various virus molecules; HIV, Herpes, Polio and Influenza.

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