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Monday, July 18, 2016, 09:08

The warp and weft of city life

By China Daily

Many facets of Hong Kong — mysterious, sordid, poignant, cheerful and downright surreal — were captured by 15 ace lensmen from the city and further afield. Jointly presented by Lumenvisum, an association for promoting photographic art in Hong Kong, and the journal European Photography, published from Germany, these images are on show at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC) until July 24.

Clicked by photographers with distinctly different sensibilities, each of these frames conveys an acute sense of texture. For instance, the intense scaffolding around high-rises under construction, covered by loud neon-color nettings, as shot by American photographer Peter Steinhauer, has an in-your-face tonality that’s very different from the magical ambience conjured up in Andreas Muller-Pohle’s images of skyscrapers seemingly afloat in the vivid green waters of the sea. In Romain Jacquet-Lagreze’s photos, fresh green shoots showing up through cracks in old buildings make for a heartwarming study in contrasts. The most diverse array of textures, however, appears in Benny Lam’s top shots of life in Hong Kong’s subdivided flats, where metal, plastic, paper, ceramic, fruits, fabric, nylon, electronic equipment and human beings are thrown into the smallest space imaginable.

That’s Hong Kong in a microcosm, if you like. Too much stuff cramped into a tiny space with a niche for everything.

The warp and weft of city life

The warp and weft of city life
Trapped, Benny Lam, 2012. (Provided to China Daily)

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