Saturday, February 18, 2012

Point and circles (This week's Photo Hunt themes)

This year's edition of the Hong Kong Arts Festival started a month earlier than is usually the case but I've yet to check out any of its offerings. This time last year, however, I already had taken in a performance of Hobson's Choice by the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Power Plant show (which also originated from Britain) that were two of the 39th Hong Kong Arts Festival more unusual -- and, to my mind, inspired -- offerings.

The Power Plant show -- which I wrote about previously but am doing so again for this week's contribution to Sandi's and Gattina's Photo Hunts, took me out to Kowloon Walled City Park. Even in the daytime and bereft of the special effects, sounds and visuals that make up the Power Plant show, this public park is a place where the imagination can go pretty wild due to its colorful historical connections. (This now beautifully landscaped park stands on the site of the infamously more or less lawless Kowloon Walled City that began life as an imperial Chinese outpost but went on to become one of the most densely-populated places in the world.)

However, this magical mystery tour of a night show truly transformed the Kowloon Walled City Park into one where the unexpected would be found whenever one rounded one of the space's multiple corners -- with such as balls of fire dancing near the surface of one of the park's ponds, colorful circles of light floating about in another area and what at first glance looks like circular-shaped luminescent fruit stuck on trees in yet another area.

So, one might ask, was the point of all of this? The short answer looks to be "to entertain, of course!" A longer answer might well be that this show demonstrates how wonderfully art can combine with nature and, also, that the artistic experience is a sensory experience that utilizes the audience's as well as artists' abilities to imagine, share a love of fun surprises and reach out to one another and, in the process, rise above linguistic and cultural differences. :)


magiceye said...

beautiful takes on the themes!

Luna Miranda said...

wow, these are magical! the 2nd photo is my favorite.

Photo Cache said...

good ones, you were able to excellently hunt for this week's themes.

Kim, USA said...

Wow that is beautiful. Very interesting post thanks for sharing.

Raine said...

I will have to check back for the other links I in your post that I haven't visited.:D The third pix is cute. It appeared like little color moons.

Gattina said...

I love the apple picture and the colorful cercles !

keeyit said...

2nd pic is interesting. Nvr thought point n circle to perform in that way.

eyesonme2world said...

Fun hunting the theme for this week.

YTSL said...

Hi magiceye --

Thanks for thinking so. :)

Hi Luna Miranda --

The 2nd photo does appear to be the favorite among visitors thus far. :)

Hi Photo Cache (aka Ewok1993) --

It actually didn't take that much hunting, thank goodness. Had thought it'd be difficult to combine the two themes into a single entry but it turned out to be fairly easy after all. :)

Hi Kim --

Thanks for reading as well as looking and appreciating. :)

Hi Raine --

Thanks for clicking onto the links I provide. A lot of people ignore but I do make quite an effort to include them in my entries. :)

Hi Gattina --

I'm not exactly sure that they're apples -- but know what you mean by them! :)

Hi keeyit --

Yes, well, the double theme challenge is definitely making those of us who are accepting them both to be creative in our interpretations of the theme... ;b

Hi eyesonme2world --

Agreed -- there's quite a range of interpretations of it/them, right? :)

Janiss said...

The beauty is definitely the point here!

Jama said...

Love those colourful lights!

Ann said...

The last photo looks like my apple tree.

What you think of Fung Fei Fei's death being kept quiet?

Annie said...

Wow, how awesome! I love those floating fruit. Thanks for sharing this - I love art!

Trekcapri said...

Hi YTSL, wonderful post. I love your photo collection of the beautiful, colorful circles. And I really love your point. Art and the appreciation of art is quite sensory. And art together with nature is a sensory delight.

Have a great weekend.

YTSL said...

Hi Janiss --

I'm glad you think that! :)

Hi Jama --

I think you'd love Power Plant in general -- so if it ever appears near where you live, would highly recommend that you check out the show. :)

Hi Ann --

I had to look up who Fung Fei Fei was. To be honest, don't know much about her at all. Were/are you a fan of hers?

Hi Annie --

I think the floating fruit picture is the one that does most justice to the actual visuals. The fire ball part of the show was so great -- but, alas, it's not a part of the show that I got good photos of... ;(

Hi Trekcapri --

Thanks so much for reading, looking and appreciating once more. Hope you have a good weekend too. :)

Sue said...

I love it when nature and art can be incorporated into something so entertaining :)

In my post the battle being re-enacted was the War of 1812 between Canada and USA. I should have added that. :)

Happy hunting and weekend!

Carver said...

That sounds like a wonderful show and I love the shots you took. I'm not very good at night photography and am envious of how well you did with these wonderful night shots. Happy Weekend!

CherryPie said...

It sounds like a great show and good place for photo opportunities.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That does look like the perfect choice for The Saturday PhotoHunt.
I hope to see y'all next Saturday... Let's get LOUD!
♥ Sandi

sbk said...

very cool photos!

A. @ A Changing Life said...

No doubt at all that it served the point well. It must have been a wonderfully entertaining sight.

Alice Audrey said...

To entertain is a great point, though I think you're doing some educating here, too. Bonus!

Life Ramblings said...

this is wonderful. those colourful lights look awesome.

YTSL said...

Hi Sue --

Thanks for visiting -- and for answering the question I had over on your blog. :)

Hi Carver --

I'm not very good at night photography either. So am pleased that at least some of the Power Plant show photos came out as well as they did. :)

Hi Cherry Pie --

Yes to both! :b

Hi Sandi --

Thanks and will keep trying to Photo Hunting. :)

Hi sbk --

Thanks! :)

Hi A. --

I really enjoyed the show. And if you're wondering, yes, it sold out every night! :)

Hi Alice Audrey --

Well... often, one is more inclined to be educated if one's also entertained in the process... ;)

Hi Life Ramblings --

It was awesome indeed what was done at the show. :)

bing said...

the second and last photo is very nice!

YTSL said...

Hi bing --

Awww, you don't like the first photo? More seriously, am glad you like the second and third photos. :)

LivingforGod said...

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for visiting my photo blog. My top photo is of an icicle. You're correct :).

JDeQ said...

love the points of light. There are great outdoor art installations using lights in Torino, Italy every year. 've seen photos but have never been to see the real displays in person - one day, one day.

YTSL said...

Hi LivingforGod --

Thanks for the return visit -- and also for answering my query over on your blog. :)

Hi JDeQ --

One day... and hopefully before too long... ;)