The WonderWood, Walter Holt, Lumiere Durham 2011. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.

The WonderWoodWalter Holt (Ireland)

With thanks to the Treeluminati: Daryl Bellis, Kieran Donnelly, Damien Donnelly Jovian Delaforce.

Photographer and lighting designer Walter Holt specialises in the illumination of trees and landscapes, and brought his particular brand of magic to the steep wooded banks of the River Wear.

The riverbanks are a haven for locals and visitors alike. In daytime it’s a haven to wander, with any purpose or none, through the native woodland with its ancient pockets and beautiful views.  After dark it’s normally a different story. But for the four nights of the Lumiere Durham 2011 this all changed, and the entire route from Prebends Bridge to Framwellgate Bridge was transformed into an enchanted forest with the castle dancing high above.

Walter Holt started his career as a photographer but later went to film school to learn professional cinematography. He initiated the Treeluminati: a team of volunteers on his lighting project at Australia’s Woodford Folk Festival – a weeklong camping celebration of arts in a stunning tree-lined valley that had previously disappeared at night.
Returning to Ireland in 2007, Walter set up Installations of Light to provide lighting consultancy, design and installation that specialises in trees, landscapes and architecture. The company creates events, temporary and permanent installations in private, public and corporate spaces.

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