Chasing Light in Hong Kong

Chasing Light in Hong Kong

was my first trip to Asia. I wasn’t sure what to expect,
but that was the point; I wanted to experience a culture that I
didn’t usually have access to, one that was entirely different from
my own.

The first few days were a barrage on the senses. The mix of
sprawling seafood markets, glaring neon advertising signs and warm
yet slightly damp autumnal air was something I would grow
accustomed to, and eventually enjoy.

I was keen to experience some of Hong Kong’s Chinese heritage
too, so I left the city in search of the beautiful, peaceful
temples I’d heard about. The people I encountered there were warm
and welcoming, despite my lack of knowledge about their faith.
Nobody minded my camera being out, so I was able to get close to
the worshippers and photograph them leaving incense and gifts for
the three major religions the temple was dedicated to; Taoism,
Buddhism and Confucianism.

As a photographer, light is something I’m interested in, and the
light in Hong Kong is particularly captivating. The huge number of
high-rise buildings causes many peculiar reflections, geometric
patterns and perfectly straight cuts of light onto the city below.
This led to some great visuals – some that I was able to capture,
and some that I was not.

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