Putrajaya LAMPU 2015

Shooting LAMPU 2015 Front and Back

As a member of the Lighting Urban Community International (LUCI) association, Putrajaya, the only city in Malaysia that has introduced a modern lighting administration facility known as the Putrajaya Lighting Master Plan, has been holding the LAMPU (Light And Motion Putrajaya) event annually since 2013 to showcase light as a major tool for sustainable urban, social and economic development. Last year’s event was a three-day festival (30th. Oct – 1st. Nov) with the main attraction being the projection mapping show onto the facades of Palace of Justice as well as the grand entrance of Masjid Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin. Other key attractions were the illuminated arches, garden lighting, free standing light structures, wayang kulit (shadow play) and even a ‘Tron’ themed dance performance. It was the projection mapping show which aroused my interest to attend the event, expecting it to be something like the Vivid event held in Sydney.

Rain Rain Go Away, Come Again Another Day

The wet monsoon season in West Malaysia is from October to March, and holding outdoor events during this time of the year is kind of chancy. With heavy late afternoon showers, and no sign of it abating, I decided anyway to visit LAMPU 2015 on the second night, hoping the rain would stop by the time the projection mapping show starts at 8pm. Not quite, on the contrary, it continued to pour, at times it got heavier; and the star of the show, the projection mapping show was halted after a brief screening, as were the other street performances. Some visitors went indoors to check out the supporting exhibitions (Islamic culture) and book fair, some seek shelter at the bus stands, covered areas and watched the proceedings unfolding  around them, and the well prepared ones opened up their brollies and went about discovering and enjoying the other attractions.

Do The Brolly Jig

Rather unfortunate and disappointing night for those who were hoping to watch the projection mapping show and street performances. Was I disappointed? You bet, as my main purpose to visit was to experience the projection mapping show, but seeing how the adventurous ones were braving the rain with their brollies and enjoying the event amid the colourful interplay of light and shadow, that makes a neat ‘shadow play’ photography opportunity :).

Watching A Shadow Play In The Rain

I decided to shoot with just an X-E2 and XF 23mm; no more, as i did not want to handle multiple cameras or make lens changes in the wet conditions, given my Fuji gear is not water resistant. I put on my raincoat, covered up the camera bag with its waterproof cover, walked about, darting into and out of the rain, a photo here, a photo there … hope you enjoy the light and shadow play :).

Children just loved the free standing light structures …

One For The Album, Mum

And the adults too …

Selfie Queen

A ‘cold’ rainy night certainly whets the appetite …

Stellar Food And Drinks

The cheap and ill fitting raincoat I got from the service station on the way over failed the test, I was half drenched in no time. It was still raining when I left the place at about 11pm.

All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 23mm

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3 thoughts on “Putrajaya LAMPU 2015

  1. “holding outdoor events during this time of the year is kind of chancy” I like the word “chancy” a lot, Ken 😀 It really did look like a wet outdoor lighting exhibition. Thankfully your camera and lens didn’t drown, and you did get some creative shots there. Rolling with the elements. I wonder if this event will come back for another year.

    • :), it was chancy shooting in the wet weather too, i have to keep wiping the lens barrel every now and again to keep it dry, roll with it, as you have nicely put it. no mention of lampu 2016 on the putrajaya events list thus far, probably not.
      regards, ken

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