Obhar Dheathain, Marischal College

For the second year Spectra, a festival of light, took over venues across the centre of Aberdeen providing a welcome respite from the dark days of early February.

Hot HeadsHot Heads

I visited the festival on Thursday evening, arriving just as the gates to Union Terrace Gardens opened at 6:30. There was already a good crowd despite the very wintry weather which offered up the occassional snow shower

Wave GardenWave Garden

I wandered around the excellent collection of exhibits in Union Terrace Gardens. Hot Heads were popular with the crowd on this cold night whilst Wave Garden provided some of the most interesting results when I turned my camera that way. Cloud brought with it the most audience interaction as people turned bulbs on and off to give an ever changing level of illumination.

CloudThe Arches

Over at the kirk of St Nicholas there were various exhibits scattered around the cemetary. Inside the mesmerising Pentatono proved difficult to photoagrpah.

Pentatono, St Nicholas Kirk

Outside Marischal College the laser light synths drew a few people but it was the spectacular projection onto the Mitchell Tower, Obhar Deathain, which was a clear favourite. It presented a history of Aberdeen from illuminated manuscripts through to travel posters.

Laser Light Synths, Marischal CollegeObhar Dheathain, Marischal CollegeObhar Dheathain, Marischal College

Inside the entrance to Marischal College 9 Months Rebirth was an intriguing installation mixing visual and aural elements.

9 Months Rebirth, Marischal College

I had one final visit to Union Terrace Gardens before the cold got the better of me and I headed off.

Wave Garden, Union Terrace Gardens

There are more photos in this album on Flickr.