He is a self-taught, now internationally known filmmaker, a photographer and a professional sleepless person. Brussels-based photographer Xavier Portela casts the bustling city of New York in another light.
If vibrant colors and unique takes on photographing cities at night often catch your attention, you will surely enjoy his ongoing project. His aerial photographs of the world’s metropolises Tokyo, Hong Kong or New York shine in cheerful pink, romantic violet and dreamy blue. The colors seem to vibrate, the images come to life – and it was exactly this effect that Portela wanted to achieve.
“When you are taking photographs on the streets you have way more than just a frame, you have variables like temperature, noise, people, smell,” says Portela. “You have tons of details that make our senses and brain record a specific ‘scene’ of that moment. When you got home and you look at your photographs on screen, you only have a frame in two dimensions. It’s frustrating how much information you just lost… I wanted my shots to look like as if they came straight out of a manga. Vibrant and electric.”
The neon colorscheme has been very popular lately with night photography and cities, as you can seen here in Zaki Abdelmouim’s images of Hong Kong.