Happy New Year!

Perth, 1st January 2010

The start to a new year somehow always gives this excitement of anticipation of good things to come. Whatever did not materialize in the year past we feel that this year it is all going to happen! We want to! We all want success and achievement. But with the New Year’s resolutions in place we should never forget our loved ones. Our family, our friends, can never be taken for granted. For me they are my backbone, my support. So ringing in the New Year will also mean expressing my love and appreciation to all those who are there for me and believe in me.  

As I write my blog entry, fireworks are probably still painting the skies in many countries further to the west. In Australia we are one of the first to enter the new year (and new decade) which sort of gives us a head start  :). The Sydney Harbor Bridge has become Australia’s landmark for the New Year countdown with the most amazing fireworks (and lighting) you can imagine. It is later followed by the European landmarks such as the Eifel Tower in Paris, etc, and then finally New York’s Time Square with its spectacular “Grand Ball” drop.   

Fireworks, like lighting, has come a long way. It is no longer some “explosives” lit with a fuse. It is now a highly sophisticated, computer controlled spectacle with every effect timed and planned to the second. Fireworks, like stage, show and event lighting are timed operations. Unlike permanent architectural lighting installations they are not there for prosperity. They only live on in our memories after the event.

My thought for today is to make sure that whatever we do this year whether as a person or in our profession as a lighting designer, we give it our very best so that our actions, achievements and contributions will help make our world a better place to live in with great memories to look back on.

Cheers to 2010!

01. January 2010 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: lighting and culture | 2 comments

Comments (2)

  1. Dear Martin,

    First of all “Wish you a Happy New year 2010”.
    Yeah! Computer rules! How amazingly it creates various shapes and forms! Fireworks – a wonderful event to see always!

    with regards,
    Sathish Kumar

  2. Happy new year! It has been great experience working with you 🙂

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