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Night Flowers

Vivid Sydney – Light Light and Light

Have you ever thought about why we are attracted to light? Have you ever thought about the reason that we marvel at the wonderful sites that are to do with light? For many of us the answers may be different but for myself, I love the different light shows around as it reflects well on the creativity of people.

The sun is our biggest light source and that is stunning in its own right. As a photographer I’m using the sunlight to all the work that I do. Without the light from the sun, there are no pictures. The light from the sun presents itself in so many shades, forms all which are stunning and no photograph is complete without the sun’s light no matter what shape or form that it takes.

Vivid  shows the great joy that people can bring to others through light.Without light our world wouldn’t exist on so many different levels.

Vivid is, its an amazing light show that the city puts on for the public over a 3 week period. Most of it is free and it is stunning.I really don’t have words that will best describe the event except that it give you a great joy  that runs through your body. You are uplifted.

Bright, cheerful, uplifting and inspiring is what I feel when I walk the areas where there are the lights. Many people go there and there are crowds but you look past that, look at the lights and just know that there will be people there and enjoy it for what it is.

If you go during the week the crowds are less. This year was Vivid’s 10th year and it never disappoints.

When I go to something like Vivid and I have been taking my tours there for the last 3 years, I still marvel at the joy that it brings. We live in a world where at times there is great sadness and evilness but this is one area where humanity rises above that and works hard to bring joy to people through light.It shows that not all humanity is bad. We can tend to think that when the news just reports the negativity of humanity and not the good side. I’m convinced that there is more good in humanity than evil when you look at the overall picture.

The concept behind Vivid was to bring people to Sydney during the winter and it has succeeded in doing that. The busiest time is the Saturday night so if you go during the week the people can be less 50%.

The great thing about this light show that we call Vivid is that each year it is TOTALLY different, hence you always have a reason as to why you need to keep coming back. If you want to be uplifted, to sense the joy and to be inspired then Vivid will just do that. For me not only does it bring the wonder of joy to myself but it brings the inner boy out as well. Often I would put the camera down and just observe and see how beautiful it all is.These pics in this blog are just a small part of Vivid. Pete 🙂


If you like what you see and you would like to join for Vivid Sydney to learn how to take pics like what you see here, or just to travel with others to learn then click on the link below, keep an eye out on the website for when I post it again. At this stage with Covid we just have to wait and see when Vivid will run again. Pete

Pete Dobré

Author Pete Dobré

Pete's photography is self taught. As a young child photography was an interest. His passion for the varying landscapes of Oz comes from frequent visits as a youngster, to his Gandparent's sheep farm in Barmera, a small country town in South Australia. Pete Dobré is a Freelance Photographer who blazes the trail for 6 months each year, capturing awe-inspiring images. Pete's work expresses his creative flair, emotions and love for the natural scapes of Australia. He remembers the hot day when he was 8, leaving town for the farm. His parents had an old car. Within about 2 kilometres of reaching the farm gate, they were bogged on a small red sand dune. The flies were buzzing continuously and the heat was beating down. Sticks, leaves and branches were wedged under the back tyres, to get the car moving. His mum was in a panic but Pete thought that it was exciting. From that moment he knew that he loved being out in creation, with the sense of adventure in the wild. This is where Pete's passion began. Photography for Pete is an expressive means for visual communication. He says, 'There is never a boring moment in my work. There is always something to photograph and I love being creative. The only limit to creativity is a lack of creativity.' Pete's aim as a photographer is to present images that provoke and stimulate the mind, to capture God's awesome creation and to share this with others. If Pete can do a little justice to God's creativity, then he is quietly satisfied. As a photographer Pete's inspiration and passion for his work comes from knowing God who created everything in the beginning. Knowing God, the Creator gives more substance and meaning to what he captures on film. Pete sees his role as freezing a moment in time and history which will never be repeated exactly the same again. The light, clouds and seasons will always be different. Pete's love for natural conditions at different times of the day, displaying varying moods and cloud formations makes his work very special and eye catching.

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