From the lush green mountaintops of Lion Rock to the glaring neon signs of Mong Kok, Hong Kong is a very photogenic city, and not surprisingly one of the best places for street photography.
But with so many famous photographers on Instagram, it is hard to know which ones to follow. So to help you out, we thought we’d share some of the Instagram accounts dedicated to Hong Kong street photography that have caught our attention.
Without further adieu:
From drone photos of the city’s towering skyline to street photos of its alleyways, it is not hard to see why people cannot get enough of Edward Barnieh’s photos. The Hong Kong-based British photographer even appeared on a BBC Travel segment in July to offer some tips on how to take good Hong Kong street photos. Although his account includes a healthy mix of travel, landscape, and portrait shots, we personally like his photos of neon-drenched Mong Kok.
You wait for one good photographer surnamed Barnieh, and two come along at once. For those of you who didn’t guess, another photographer who has caught our attention is Edward’s wife. While the couple have some similar photos — neon-lit Mong Kok namely — the photos we loved the most Jess’ account were candid shots of people going about their normal business.
Andy Yeung’s eye-popping drone photos of Hong Kong are a marvel for anyone interested in architecture His most famous photo to date is this aerial view of Whampoa Garden which came second place in the National Geographic Travel Photo of the year for 2017. That boat in the middle of the photo? That’s a mall.
Another photographer to follow for architecture-related photography is Vivien Liu. Her photos show the beauty that can be found amid the dense office blocks and residential towers of Hong Kong.
Harimao Lee’s account has a bit of everything; there are street photos, aerial photos, portraits, and a few rooftopping ones that make you sweat a little. But a photo that really caught our attention is this one of a woman sitting on top of Lion Rock overlooking a brightly-lit Hong Kong, a reminder that in this dense city, you are only a bus ride away from nature.
Elaine Li’s photographs were featured in an exhibition held by Bamboo Scenes in November, and her photo of a cloudy Hong Kong, as seen from the Peak, was one of our favourites from that exhibition. But this photograph of Central Plaza in Wan Chai is one we definitely would like to frame.
Another photographer that was featured alongside Li in the Bamboo Scenes exhibition is Timmy Lo. While most Instagrammers can’t help but be drawn to Hong Kong’s colourful neon lights and busy side streets, Lo keeps it simple. He focuses on very clean and minimal subjects; there are lots of whites, blues, and greys with the occasional splash of colour; and there’s also a lot of focus on geometric shapes and patterns. Our favorite one, however, is this one of High Island Rservoir East Dam.
If you like symmetry or geometry, then you will love Chak Kit’s photos. There is an interesting mix of pictures here from creatively photoshopped images to beautiful long exposure shots.
Last but not least, Christopher Lim, whose account features an interesting mixture of photos from street scenes to portraits. But the photos that really caught our attention are the ones of Hong Kong that have been taken on film, giving an old-school feel to contemporary shots.