While on a recent trip through Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Seoul, London-based photographer Marcus Wendt found himself suffering from a bout of jetlag induced insomnia and ended up wandering the streets of several cities late at night.
“Plunged into a foreign dark, I found a new way of seeing, strange and alien. Synthetic light creeps into my eyes, the air thick with colours shifting and angles unbending. In the midst of the night, a new day begins.” This introduces the stunning series, entitled Ultraviolet Break of Day.
His photographs of the neon jungle of lights and characters, taken from a carpark rooftop, came out looking slightly alien and surreal, reminding him of “early 1990s cyberpunk games and films like Syndicate or Blade Runner”. Thus was born the project Ultraviolet Break of Day.
Wendt showcases the lonely luminescence and dreamlike atmosphere of streets at night. Armed with his camera, he set out into the streets to take his photographs. Over several days Wendt worked his way through the Kowloon area of Hong Kong and then Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei area known for its sprawling electronics market, before eventually traveling to Seoul.
All images by Marcus Wendt via [mymodernmet]