For me, travel and photography have always worked in perfect harmony. They go hand in hand. Capturing great moments and transforming what I’ve seen into something new and artistic while strolling through a new city with fresh eyes is a rewarding experience.
Hong Kong is famous for its distinct urban skyline, comprised of towering skyscrapers and futuristic office blocks – some of the tallest in the world. For this reason it's long been a favourite subject of artists and photographers, eager to capture the sprawling, bustling metropolis.
I develop a passion for photographing the striking architecture of Hong Kong a few years ago. I took these photos last year while on vacation. Being interested in architectural photography, I always see various attractive buildings in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas around the globe. Faced with this limitation and the impossible prospect to expand horizontally, builders are forced to look simply upward. Buildings, housing apartments and condominiums are stretching more into the skies as developers hurry to provide more living space.
In some areas of Hong Kong, like Quarry Bay, you'll see a high density of buildings from different eras and with different architectural styles, such as 60-year-old walk-ups and skyscrapers with glass and metallic exteriors, standing next to one another. This mixture, and just the sheer density of it all, make the city very unique.
Tthe shots taken in colorful, modern public housing projects in the suburbs of Hong Kong also highlight a different side of the city that people from elsewhere don’t often get to see. The golden squares of each floor and the emptiness of the shot make it look almost like some sort of abstract and futuristic tunnel. It takes a moment for people to realize it’s a building where thousands of people live.
My advice to budding architectural photographers: when shooting architectural objects, it’s good to spend some time walking around the building, trying various angles. That doesn’t mean carelessly clicking away, but a better perspective or subject might be just around the corner. Good photos usually consist of a simple composition, in this series, excluding the “distracting” clouds and colors helped to strengthen the lines and shapes of the buildings.
Over the last few years, the architecture of the city has also been the focus of several of my other photo series. Buildings are definitely my favorite things to shoot. What I like to show with these photos is the contrast between the city and elements of nature, like bodies of water and forests; that’s quite fascinating for me and there’s plenty of that in Hong Kong. I’ve been meaning to capture extraordinary architecture shots at night in Hong Kong. I may save that for my next trip!
A freelance Singapore-based travel photographer / photojournalist. I seek the extraordinary, but finds beauty in the everyday. Life is interesting, capture it.
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