Once ubiquitous, the neon signs of the Hong Kong's streetscape are rapidly disappearing. Giant icons of the analogue era, they are quickly being dismantled and replaced with LEDs and other technologies. Using a variety of lenses, over 1000 images of these signs were captured and catalogued. Getting up close - and even inside - these iconic installations, the photographs convey the buzz of electricity and flicker of failing neon. Many of the signs in the catalogue have already been dismantled. The visuals were created using a generative adversarial network (GAN) and model checkpoint previously trained on night photography to fine tune it on the supplied neon images
The project is a collaboration with Hong Kong photographer Mark Panckhurst.
Work is available for sale as NFT on Known Origin and Hic Et Nunc.
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