Hong-Kong
Architecture

As a photographer, architecture is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because if gives you a whole new world to concentrate on in the urban jungle, and a curse because it gives you a whole new world to concentrate on in the urban jungle.

When I walk around, especially in a new city I visit for the first time, I always give the architecture the attention it deserves , not as a backdrop for life, but as an integral part of the city and its character.

Having a father and brother architects make things even worse, as they expect a visual report of my architectonic discoveries around the world, and I find myself treating architecture as the main actor. Lucky enough, most of the places I travel too are worth the attention.

And Hong-kong ? hong kong defined what modern architecture was and still is, being a dense tall fast and  hectic mix of cultures, mix of periods, mix of the past and the very present we live in, with a straight sober look into the future. For a photographer who has an eye for architecture  hong kong is a candy store.

Light, sunshine, neons, cement, steel, glass, simple and modern or ornate and classic, big and impressive or small and intimate, it is all around us, part of who we are, of how we choose to live our lives.

 

 
 

For me, an interesting city is where you have a real variety of styles, of dirrent atmospheres, different time zone, different facets of the history of the place, the history of the people, the ones who built it, the ones who live in it, us.

When it comes to architecture per se, I find it much more fulfilling shooting the super modern buildings you find in the big metropolitans, as the geometric games you can create with these clean shiny facades are more zenish in nature, and artistic visually.

Cities like Hong Kong are a treasure trove for these kind of ultra modern architectonic adventures, and when the last rays of light are reflected from the shinny huge glass plates you enter a new world, a nocturnal abstract painting of lights and silhouettes, with a lot of the major hallmarks of the city going the extra mile and are lighting the structure as if it is indeed an actor in a dark pay, with neons and leds geniously palced like the work of a talented make-up artist preparing an actor for the stage.

 

When I was younger I didn’t like all that glass and steel, and was always more partial to old fashioned decorated classic  architecture, but as I grew up and traveled around the world looking for those special shots, I see the genius of creating huge surfaces which are both reflective and a filter, both cold and precise but holding the mirror images of the real living world as part of their existence.

I still appreciate the romantic charm of the old world, but as a photographer, an artist, a visual researcher and manipulator, these modern pieces of art which we might confuse for office buildings are much more alluring.

When you come to a new place, a new city,a new country, always remember not only to stop and smell the roses, but also to stop once in a while and look up, look at the buildings around you, the visual layout of the streets, of the people. You will learn a lot.

 

 
 
 
 
 

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