Lighting Up the Night
An artist takes part in Luxlumina light performance during the first annual festival of visual theatre on a street in downtown Sofia, Bulgaria, on September 22, 2012
Around the world, people are using light to paint, perform, honor, work, and play. In villages and cities alike, lanterns and candles are used to celebrate and commemorate events. In Berlin, famous landmarks are currently being illuminated for the annual Festival of Lights. Gathered here is a handful of recent images of humans pushing back the dark and lighting up the night.
The Basilica Sagrada Familia, during the “Montreal Signe Ode a la Vie” light show in Barcelona, on September 21, 2012.
People watch a tall ship on the Neva River in St. Petersburg, during the “Scarlet Sails,” a romantic holiday with a light show to honor high schools graduates, on June 24, 2012. “Scarlet Sails” is the title of a story by Alexander Grin, the story of a young girl, who never gave up on her dreams and they finally arrived on the tall ship with the scarlet sails.
A blacksmith throws molten metal against a cold wall to create sparks, celebrating the Lantern Festival in Nuanquan, Hebei province, China, on February 6, 2012.
An F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft of the Swiss Air Force releases flares during a flight demonstration over Axalp in the Bernese Oberland, on October 11, 2012.
People gather at the Festival Of Lights around the illuminated Berlin Cathedral in Berlin, on October 10, 2012.
The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from space launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on October 7, 2012. The rocket carried supplies to the International Space Station.
Actors perform a theatrical re-enactment of the Red Army and the beginning of the Long March in Jinggangshan, Jiangxi province, China, on September 20, 2012. Jinggangshan is where former Chinese leader Mao Zedong’s career as a revolutionary began to take off. In 1927, Mao and several communist leaders fled with a few thousands to the hills of Jinggangshan, hounded and outnumbered by Nationalist forces.