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Hong Kong’s Last Neon Lights Still Look Totally Blade Runner

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David Erb
Jun 08, 2016 16:05
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Caption: Sharon Blance

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Neon is to Hong Kong as red phone booths are to London and fog is to San Francisco.

When night falls, reds and blues and other hues cast a hazy glow over a city illuminated by tens of thousands of neon signs.

To me, neon represents a sense of nostalgia, and my goal was to capture the atmosphere, the feeling of it, says photographer Sharon Blance, whose series Hong Kong Neon celebrates the city s iconic signage.

Neon signs fell out of vogue in the US and elsewhere after World War II, and in time was associated with lurid places like casinos, liquor stores and strip clubs.

That started to change about a decade ago as city building inspectors cracked down on unauthorized signs—shutting down nearly 3,000 annually, by some estimates—and business owners swiched to LEDs.

I just went to some of the known neon-rich areas and wandered around at night, and reacted to it in the moment, she says.

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