Last year we wrote all about Spanish photographer and filmmaker Rainer Torrado and his work portraying Hong Kong. He’s recently produced a whole new body of work – featuring a new array of neon for you to gaze at.
“It’s a challenge to come up with unique, breathtaking views of an over-photographed city,” Torrado told Coconuts HK. Back in Paris, where he’s based, neon is not the popular choice for street signs, so he takes advantage of Hong Kong’s abundance of fluorescence every time he visits.
To his chagrin, Torrado has noticed the gradual disappearance of these street signs, which he aimed to capture in his photography series “Eye Carry the Night”. Signs are depicted through two or three photographs: one taken from below, one taken in front, and if the sign’s been removed, a last one taken where it used to be. (Yes, that means some of the photos are just pure black – but it’s art, okay?!)
#1a (447-449 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai. May 2014.)
#1b (447-449 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai. March 2015.)
#1c (447-449 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai. September 2015.)
#16a (7 Ship Street, Wan Chai. May 2014.)
#16b (7 Ship Street, Wan Chai. March 2015.)
#16c (7 Ship Street, Wan Chai. September 2015)
Torrado has also been making videos showcasing the city’s dazzling lights in all its cinematic glory:
“Sundown” shot on Portland Street
Hong Kong’s neon signs shot in 4k, featuring Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei and Jordan
Check out more of Torrado’s work on his Facebook page.