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HKFP Lens: Sean Foley explores Hong Kong as a futuristic neon dream

Sean Foley is an Australian photographer based in Hong Kong, whose work is inspired by dystopian themes and the cyberpunk genre.

Sean Foley Hong Kong

Photo: Sean Foley.

His photos explore urban life in Hong Kong at night.

Sean Foley Hong Kong

Photo: Sean Foley.

Foley told HKFP: “I’ve always loved movies and literature set in futuristic, dystopian worlds, but it has only been in the last six months or so that I have been putting creative energy towards the aesthetic.”

Sean Foley Hong Kong

Photo: Sean Foley.

“I started taking photography more seriously earlier this year and have been putting a lot of effort into my post-processing.”

Sean Foley Hong Kong

Photo: Sean Foley.

“Being in Hong Kong, I am constantly surrounded by surreal streets filled with neon lights and unique architecture.”

Sean Foley Hong Kong

Photo: Sean Foley.

After World War II, neon signs became popularised in Hong Kong owing to their eye-catching glow and long luminous qualities.

Sean Foley Hong Kong

Photo: Sean Foley.

With the advent of cheaper and more energy efficient LED lights, neon signs have been disappearing from Hong Kong’s skyline.

Sean Foley Hong Kong

Photo: Sean Foley.

But the signs can still be seen lighting up Hong Kong’s tight streets with their fluorescent glow.

Sean Foley Hong Kong

Photo: Sean Foley.

Foley said that his favourite time to shoot is at night.

Sean Foley Hong Kong

Photo: Sean Foley.

“I feel like the city and streets come alive at night and there is nothing I love more than wandering the streets with my camera looking for interesting scenes and people,” he told HKFP.

Sean Foley Hong Kong

Photo: Sean Foley.

Many of his shots are reminiscent of the 1982 neon-noir science fiction film Blade Runner.

Sean Foley Hong Kong

Photo: Sean Foley.

Follow Foley on Instagram and on Twitter.

HKFP Lens: Sean Foley explores Hong Kong as a futuristic neon dream