Photographer's Note

Yesterday I found myself in the city with an estimated half a million Melbournians to witness the highlights of the second White Night festival when the city's iconic buildings are illuminated in gaudy colours and patterns. In addition there are concerts,films and various installations throughout parks and even alleyways.
Featured in this photo is the Forum, a building with a long history, which these days looks shabby and neglected, but which on the night was transformed into a thing of beauty.
I have included part of the building's history from wikipedia:

The Forum Theatre (formerly known as the "State Theatre") is a theatre located on the corner of Flinders Street and Russell Street in the central business district of Melbourne, Australia. The building was designed by American architect John Eberson, who has designed many theatres across the globe, along with a local architectural firm at the time; Bohringer, Taylor & Johnson. It was designed as an "Atmospheric theatre" movie palace. The interior features reproductions of Greco-Roman statuary and a sky-blue ceiling decorated with small stars, mimicking a twilight sky.
The building features a Moorish Revival exterior, including minarets and a clock tower. When it opened in February 1929, the cinema had the largest seating capacity in Australia, holding 3371 people. Moorish Revival or Neo-Moorish is one of the exotic revival architectural styles that were adopted by architects of Europe and the Americas in the wake of the Romanticist fascination with all things oriental. It reached the height of its popularity after the mid-nineteenth century.

Taking of photos was difficult as people kept walking in front of the lens. I found myself in a sea of humanity as streets were crammed from one footpath to the other. With no tripod and an ISO of 3200 and shutter speed of 1/25, it was a miracle that I ended up with a few images worth posting.

Workshop has another image of the same building.

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