NEONOPOLIS
In this series I revisit my former home, Hong Kong, after a 20 year absence. Neonopolis is for me about joining dots. Or more appropriately for the narrative of this series, joining nodes. Thought nodes. In essence I regard this series as a highly personal body of work, given my relationship with Hong Kong goes back for almost 3 decades. The nodes represent for me a convergence of a 3-tier thought stream; 1) my memories of HK from 30 years ago. 2) my contemporary impressions of Hong Kong today and how I interpret them? 3) I ask the question, “is Hong Kong a vision of the future?” Twenty years after the handover from British to Chinese rule, twenty years after I left, the city once again enraptures me, and just as the notorious walled city of Kowloon inspired the bleak, neon-soaked, perpetually dank and rain-soaked dystopia of Blade Runner, so does its sequel now cede to the alternate reality of Neonopolis – a realm strangely futuristic all the while rooted in the present. Taking the basic principles of street photography, that is capture reality as it happens, my work is social commentary. However, I present this commentary in an alluring way, by creating images that warp reality stylistically into something akin to neo noir cinema. I purposely chase down scenes and locations that allow me to build upon my already preconceived quasi fictional narrative. Embedded within this narrative I explore themes such as; lack of privacy, the rate race personified, addiction to smart phone use and consumption of social media trivia, high rise living, cyber espionage, disconnect from reality. “Through a glass darkly, I hold up a mirror to the twisted skeins of stories being played out on the seething streets. Welcome to Neonopolis.”

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