Hong Kong on Lumiere

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I got this idea on Hong Kong on Lumiere photo shoot from the Sin City movies. The Sin City movies are modern masterpieces that imagine the film noir genre from the 40s and 50s. I wanted to capture the intimacy felt throughout the time period and in Hong Kong. I used black and white imagery with low key lighting to creating striking pictures with high contrast between light and shadow.

I spent several days wandering its streets to find and capture striking shades and shapes, especially moments where the concrete is broken up by different details. Other images focus on the geometric shapes and contrasts created as the city’s skyscrapers jostle for position. I became especially fascinated by the scale of Hong Kong’s tower blocks, which house thousands of people, and I used street level perspective to draw attention to their size. The buildings’ towering presence is further emphasised by the minuscule clothes that dot the balconies, and the juxtaposition of nearby amenities.

I wanted to present the exteriors of these buildings in opposition to their interiors. The goal was to highlight the light and delicate features. I really wanted to find new angles and perspectives through my lens. Honing in on bolts of brightness and panelling that wraps around the outside of buildings, this series of images reframe the city’s architecture.

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