“Neon Hong Kong” – Project diary

It seems that starting my “Loss” personal project has opened something of a flood gate. Soon after starting production on “Loss” back in January I revisited another project that I have been thinking about…. since 2014 (and making no progress). “Neon Hong Kong” is an artistic lament for the fast disappearing neon signs of Hong Kong.

Neon signs arrived in Hong Kong back in the 1950s and reached the zenith of their popularity in the 1970s and 80s. Since then they have been in steady decline. Some signs were damaged and ceased to work, others were removed and replaced with more modern shop signs as shops were updated and some vanished when the businesses that owned them closed down or moved away.

Since giving this project a mental kick start I have taken about 160 test images and have about 8 that I think are final. I have over 200 location in Hong Kong to check out (many old signs are long gone) and hope to have enough images for an exhibition by the end of the year.

I have also come up with another two projects (and a possible 5th) in the last two months but those will have to wait for next year.

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