Rather than capturing realistic images of Hong Kong, the young photographer Chak Kit immortalizes the magnetic energy of the Chinese megalopolis in purified snapshots on the border of abstraction. Become famous thanks to social networks, he poses a look of esthete on the urban landscape of Hong Kong and shares his colorful visions of the city on Instagram.
Self-taught, Chak Kit learned photography on the internet. He indeed studied the technical aspects and the artistic dimension of the medium by watching videos on YouTube and portfolios of photographers on their site. First an amateur photographer, he began to share images of Hong Kong made during walks on his Instagram account. The success was viral, which earned him to publish a selection of photographs in limited and numbered series at YellowKorner and to exhibit them as part of the Hong Kong International Photography Festival. Today, it has nearly 60 subscribers and its minimalist style continues to fascinate.
Far from representing the chaotic effervescence and the crowd of skyscrapers so characteristic of Hong Kong, Chak Kit isolates graphic details - and often colorful - of Hong Kong architectures for a minimalist rendering. In his photographs of buildings sometimes dizzying, sometimes straight, the photographer therefore focuses on lines and colors. Bright red or sky blue facades, graphic walls, buildings seen from the sky or even optical games are the models that pose in turn in front of his lens.
By sublimating Hong Kong architecture, Chak Kit symbolically liberates the world city from its abundant pollution, its advertising saturation, its prohibitive rents and its excessively high density.
Poetic shots to discover on his Instagram account, @_chakmkit.
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Photographs: Chak Kit