11 Cyberpunk-Inspired Photos of Shenzhen and Hong Kong

By Josh Parker, August 22, 2017

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Unable to sleep due to jetlag, British photographer Marcus Wendt found himself hazily wandering the neon-soaked streets of Hong Kong and Shenzhen during a recent trip to Asia. With camera in hand, he set about capturing deeply intimate moments, in settings ranging from quiet alleyways and unused football pitches to bustling city streets.

The resulting photo series, Ultraviolet Break of Day, offers a different perspective of these well-known metropolises, lending a sense of disorientation and confusion to the nighttime scenes.


Ultraviolet-Break-of-Day-8.jpgWendt’s work celebrates this sensation, as the collection’s introduction notes: “Plunged into a foreign dark I found a new way of seeing, strange and alien.” 



Ultraviolet-Break-of-Day-6.jpgHis images sometimes have a cyberpunk atmosphere reminiscent of films like Blade Runner, and vary in mood from serenely tranquil to feverishly active.

The endless expanse of shopping stalls in Hong Kong’s Kowloon, lit up late into the night to entice customers, for instance, contrasts with vacant areas in Shenzhen’s usually-bustling Central Business District.







To finish off, the London-based photographer leaves a solitary image from the next installment of his series, set in Seoul, along with the words “to be continued…”


[Images via Marcus Wendt]

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