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HKFP Lens: ‘Small city, big people’ – Matthieu Bout’s tilt-shift images of Hong Kong

32-year-old Belgian photographer Matthieu Bout has been capturing miniature photography of Hong Kong’s streetscapes.
Matthieu Bout small city big people

Photo: Matthieu Bout.

Matthieu Bout small city big people

Photo: Matthieu Bout.

“Hong Kong is simply breath-taking. I’ve never been in a metropolis this big, but it’s [scenery] I’m going to want to start chasing,” he said.
Matthieu Bout small city big people

Photo: Matthieu Bout.

Matthieu Bout small city big people

Photo: Matthieu Bout.

“It’s amazing how millions of people living in such a small area have somehow established order in the chaos. There are quite a few things we can learn from this in Europe and I’m glad I could capture some of it on film.”
Matthieu Bout small city big people

Photo: Matthieu Bout.

Matthieu Bout small city big people

Photo: Matthieu Bout.

During his trip, Bout took about 20,000 pictures, a selection of which will be published in his new art book.
Matthieu Bout small city big people

Photo: Matthieu Bout.

Matthieu Bout small city big people

Photo: Matthieu Bout.

The “tilt shift” technique uses a special lens that actually tilts and shifts, leaving an area on the image in focus and blurring the rest. With some small colour adjustments, it is like Hong Kong “transformed into a Märklin-world,” Bout said.
Matthieu Bout small city big people

Photo: Matthieu Bout.

Matthieu Bout small city big people

Photo: Matthieu Bout.

A street photographer in Belgium, Bout started a community platform and city magazine focusing on the Antwerp city lifestyle. His work can also be seen on Instagram.

HKFP Lens: 'Small city, big people' - Matthieu Bout's tilt-shift images of Hong Kong