Artist's Statement - Eye Carry the Night (Hong Kong, 2014)
“I can see the sun, but my eyes still carry the night”
This photographic series aims to portray Hong Kong’s neon signs from a new perspective. Each neon sign is shot from below during night time. The resulting image is presented horizontally to the viewer.
Confronted with a violent, personal urge to share the beauty of Hong Kong's neon signs in an unprecedented manner, the artist isolates the subjects of his obsession to create an image where the glowing neon tubes contrast with the night sky. When visible, structural wires act as a testimony of the colored lights fading in the dark.
“If only you could see what I've seen with your eyes” (Roy Batty, Blade Runner’s quote)
The carefully constructed images of Eye Carry The Night are an example of the control that photographers can impose on a chaotic reality in order to stress one aspect of its complexity.
Using two basic principles of the photographic practice as exposure and point of view, context and other distractions have been put aside without any retouching. The existing neon signs located in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district become landscapes that evoke the natural beauty of the city’s artificial lights.