Those who have lived in Hong Kong will know how vibrant and energetic the city is. But at the same time, it is also dense and chaotic. Not only is it the World’s Busiest Cities, it is also one of the most cramped, but it is only the sixth most crowded city.
Prior to moving back to Singapore, Singapore artist, Zhou HanShun who lived in Hong Kong for several years, documented the intensity and chaos of the city in his series of black and white photographs, taken in multiple exposures through the lens of a medium-format Hasselblad.
He has created a Kickstarter campaign for his photobook, titled, FRENETIC CITY. It is a limited edition of 1000 copies, printed in Tri-Tone on high-end matt paper with a printed-wrap hardcover. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zhouhanshun/frenetic-city-a-limited-edition-photobook?ref=project_link
To say life moves fast in a city is an understatement. People go through life in an uncompromising, chaotic pace, overcoming and absorbing anything in their path. Time in the city seem to flow quicker, memories in the city tend to fade away faster. Nothing seems to stand still in a city.
Frenetic City is photobook that lets you experience the intensity and chaotic environment in one of the most densely populated cities in the world.
It is the culmination of photographs from 2014 to 2017, created in the streets of Hong Kong.
This project consists of elaborated photographs of overpopulated city landscapes, depicting density, loneliness and loose of identity.
With a population of over 7 million but less than 25% of its land developed, it is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. When I first landed, I was immediately confronted by a society that is in fierce competition for physical and mental space. I decided to capture and re-create the tension and chaos that I experienced in photographic form, using multiple exposures on B&W negatives.
The creation of each photograph requires me to be fixed at a specific location from between 5 to 7 hours per session. Through the viewfinder of an old Hasselblad, I created each photograph by overlapping selected individuals or groups of people within the 6 x 6 frame.
The resulting photograph is not of a singular moment in time, but a multitude of moments in time captured in a single frame.
Part of the proceeds will be donated to “Habitat for Humanity” in Hong Kong, the city where these photographs were created.