The city of Hong Kong has been a wealth of inspiration and spontaneity for me. While previous series have grown from my relationship with the urban landscape, each visit presents a new adventure with unique stories to share. Focusing on the oldest streets and the junctions created by cornered buildings, this series illustrates a personality of the city that stares in stark contrast to the modern urbanization of glass, luxury markets, and technology.
Home to the largest collection of buildings over 150 meters, Hong Kong’s night time alleys hide mysteries and excitement seldom seen by travelers. Shot over two weeks, I spent over five hours nightly photographing the city, street by street – letting intuition and creativity light by path.
As one of the most lit cities in the world, the nightscape yields endless possibilities to paint with light. Lengthened exposure and monochromatic tones transform the ageing streets into a cyberpunk dimension. Experimenting with perspective, wide angles, and tilt-shift techniques capture bamboo scaffolding, pipes of all kinds on the outside of buildings, hanging clothes, street markets, and the neon signs in a unique dimension – a world which is disappearing due to modernization. This series documents historical Hong Kong at the pinnacle between two eras.
The complete series contains 111 photographs and can be found here: martinstavars.com
Martin Stavars is a Polish-born photographer specializing in black & white cityscapes, landscapes, and night photography. While initially studying economics and computer science, Martin ultimately chose to follow his artistic passion – where he has since visited over twenty countries with his camera, Asia holding a key role. His work has been exhibited in Japan, Poland, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States, along with many pieces in private collections around the world. Martin deploys wide perspectives and tilt/shift lenses to capture his intriguing & powerful cityscapes. “Megalopolis”, his first photographic monograph was published in Charta Editions, 2012. Named “Architecture Photographer of the Year” at the NYC International Photography Awards, Martin has received the Grand Prix at the Image International in Canada and Hei Ming Prize. His latest series documents the rapidly changing urban landscape in Asia, emphasizing aging architecture, slums, and locations that will soon disappear due to modernization.