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January 17th, 2018

With Lumiere London only days away, do you know who the people behind Lumiere are?

Lumiere London installations may look effortlessly magical but in fact it takes 100’s of skilled people, and often years of preparation, to make them happen. This year, Lumiere London has relied on the skills of over 90 technicians, working across science, technology, engineering, maths and the arts to realise the second edition of the festival.

In partnership with Technicians Make it Happen, read this interview with Harry Ricardo, Senior Audio Visual Technician, QED Productions, who is responsible for several of the large-scale projection pieces at this year’s festival.

Learn more about having a career as a technician and browse current vacancies, by visiting the Technicians Make it Happen website.

Harry Ricardo – Senior Audio Visual Technician at QED Productions

What were you like at school?

I’ve always been more interested in doing things with my hands, building, making, etc. rather than sitting down and writing essays. I think for that reason there was some things in school that I took to a lot more and put more effort in to. For the most part I was always relatively well behaved, maybe a little bit cheeky!

What was the transition like between school and working at QED?

I spent three years studying at Portsmouth University after school which (I hope) gave me a good foundation for the way I work now at QED. Team work is a big part of what we do and university helped me to understand how to work with others, both industry professionals, clients, and the public. That being said, there are plenty of people in the industry who didn’t study at university but have learnt their trade from going straight out and getting their hands dirty…  we still all work pretty well as part of a team!

What is it that you love about being a technician?

I’d say the best thing about what I do now is seeing the public’s reaction, especially to things like Lumiere. Some of the pieces can be absolutely magical, seeing the way they excite, bringing together people of all ages and from all walks of life is great. A down-side can be the long hours and there can be lots of standing around getting wet/cold!

Describe your dream project

My dream project would probably be working on video design for a gig/tour for someone like Frank Ocean. Either that or a 3month long Lumiere in the Maldives!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I think I’d still like to be working in the same area of the industry but on more of a consultant level.


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