Nocturnal Hong Kong

The city of Hong Kong has been a wealth of inspiration and spontaneity for me. While previous series have grown from my relationship with the urban landscape, each visit presents a new adventure with unique stories to share. Focusing on the oldest streets and the junctions created by cornered buildings, this series illustrates a personality of the city that stares in stark contrast to the modern urbanization of glass, luxury markets, and technology.

Home to the largest collection of buildings over 150 meters, Hong Kong’s night time alleys harbor mysteries and excitement seldom seen by travelers. Shot over two weeks, I spent over five hours nightly photographing the city, street by street – letting intuition and creativity light by path.

As one of the most lit cities in the world, the nightscape yields endless possibilities to paint with light. Lengthened exposure and monochromatic tones transform the aging streets into a cyberpunk dimension. Experimenting with perspective, wide angles, and tilt-shift techniques capture bamboo scaffolding, hanging clothes, street markets, and the neon signs in a unique dimension – a world which is disappearing due to modernization. This series documents historical Hong Kong at the pinnacle between two eras.

Here is a preview of 14 out of 110 photographs from this set.
(available in 4k – 3840x2560px)

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