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The Crowded Cityscape of Hong Kong From a Dizzying Perspective | By Peter Stewart

By Hanssie on September 20th 2014

Peter-Stewart-1The bustling city of Hong Kong is known for its lights and sounds, sights and smells. It is the East’s ‘City That Never Sleeps,’ and with a population of 7 million people and an estimated tens of millions of visitors a year, Hong Kong doesn’t have the luxury of sleep. In such a densely populated area, the high rises tower over the harbor, vibrantly lighting up the sky with its neon signs, beckoning ships to come join in the hustle and bustle.

Australian photographer, Peter Stewart traveled to Hong Kong to document the architecture and living environments of the public housing in the city in his series, “Stacked.” Using a very low angle, and from perspectives rarely seen of the famous city, Peter gives us a glance at the geometry and symmetry of the rows and rows and rows and rows of housing. Squeezing over 7 million people in such a small living area, these images are reminiscent of a game of Tetris, with its colorful blocks and columns situated just so.

The sheer amount of housing units is staggering, though with so many people, I cannot imagine how else they would all fit. Peter seems to find just the right angle for each shot to illustrate the matrices of the architectural monstrosities of dizzying proportions. Peter-Stewart-4 Peter-Stewart-3 peter-stewart-stacked-hong-kong-ping-shek Peter first picked up a camera in 2009, and with no prior experience, began to travel and document what he saw. His images show a vibrant side of the cities he’s traveled, from Hong Kong to Singapore to China and Paris, Peter’s work is simply breathtaking and I encourage you to check out his other series in his portfolio.

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Peter-Stewart-5 Peter-Stewart-6 Peter-Stewart-7 Peter-Stewart-8 Peter-Stewart-2 Peter-Stewart-10 Peter-Stewart-11 Check out the rest of Peter Stewart’s images on his website and Facebook and if you’re ever in Hong Kong, look up and imagine the sounds of Tetris playing softly in the background.

CREDITS: Photographs by Peter Stewart are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

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About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Derek Grant

    Wonderful images

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  2. Isaak Kwok

    Very nice! Think I need to start taking more urban landscape photos.

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  3. Edward Solly

    These are great, the use of really vibrant colours in cityscapes it sometimes overused or not apparent, he has the balance perfect. Also Peter Stewart website has a great link to finding some cool places in Hong Kong, it makes me want to go back NOW!

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  4. Hannes Nitzsche

    Thos images are great! I kinda disliked Hong Kong when I first went there… I don’t like massive crowds and rather spend my time out in the nature somewhere, but as for photographic opportunities – this city has it all!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Andrew Van Arb

    I want to go there!!! These are amazing!

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  6. Taya-Jean Lewis-Barrett

    These are absolutely stunning!

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