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HKFP Lens: ‘I wish I’d begun earlier’ – Teemu Jarvinen captures Hong Kong’s fading neon heritage

Born in Finland, Teemu Jarvinen has been travelling the world as a digital nomad for the past five years. He started out as a landscape and cityscape photographer, but for the past two years he has been more focused on street photography.

“Although I’m based in Dubai at the moment, I’ve been to Hong Kong many times and love to come back. On my latest visit earlier this year, I really tried to focus on documenting the neon signs before the last of them disappear,” Jarvinen told HKFP.

Teemu Jarvinen

See also: Neon nostalgia in Hong Kong as lights go out

Teemu Jarvinen

“The neon signs have been slowly disappearing for a while now… I just wanted to do my part in documenting the scenes while I still had a chance – although I wish I’d begun earlier,” Jarvinen said.

Teemu Jarvinen

In recent years, the local authorities have been cracking down on over-hanging street signs whilst businesses have switched to cheaper, more environmentally-friendly LED lights.

Teemu Jarvinen

“The first time I visited Hong Kong was in 2014, but at that time I knew nothing about photography. I only started to seriously shoot in 2016-2017,” he added.

Teemu Jarvinen

Teemu Jarvinen

Jarvinen’s other shots of Hong Kong’s neon signs can be found on his website.

Teemu Jarvinen

Teemu Jarvinen

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HKFP Lens: 'I wish I'd begun earlier' - Teemu Jarvinen captures Hong Kong's fading neon heritage