Creative director and lighting designer Phil Supple asked Alan to photograph the final evening of the Electric Glen, 2016 which saw Rouken Glen in Glasgow transformed into an electric and digitally animated journey through a much loved park. Alan loves photographing light as it’s a real challenge to get it right. You can see that the beauty, drama, subtlety and energy was captured perfectly in the images above.
Electric Glen was created across distinct but very different zones, each taking it’s inspiration from the history of the park and each as interesting and engaging as the next. The well known boating pond – a favourite stop for families in the summer – was lit up in glorious colour and pattern that showed the natural setting in a very different light. The swans must’ve thought they were part of the show as they glided through the water to the rhythm of the deep soundscape that responded to the light show. The ‘Geology Zone’ highlighted the fault lines running through the park that were formed thousands of years ago when Scotland was under a kilometer thick layer of ice. Lighting design here was by Simon Hayes. Rouken Glen was once the private estate of the Crum Family who owned a textile printing company and so this area, ‘Printworks’, was transformed into a gorgeous carpet of ever-changing pattern taken from the company’s early 19th century pattern books. Collaborating with leading digital animation artists NOVAK, Glasgow School of Art graduate Hazel Dunn created a fun, colourful and mesmerising interactive area. Suspended sound lanterns made from cymbals hung overhead in ‘Shimmer’ by composer Dan Fox. The spine tingling soundscape took inspiration from the presses at the Thornliebank printworks. Lighting in this zone was by Phil Supple.