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HKFP Lens: ‘Water & Earth’ – photographer Tugo Cheng snaps China’s striking natural patterns

Hong Kong-based photographer Tugo Cheng explores the mountains of Tibet and the coastal fishing villages of south-east China in his stunning series “Water & Earth 一方水土.”
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‘Tibet no. 9.’ Photo: Tugo Cheng/Blue Lotus Gallery.

The body of work – comprised mostly of drone aerial shots – lays bare the magical nature of unintentional landscape patterns that arise from mechanised farming and mass agricultural production.
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‘Yunnan no. 10’ (left), ‘Yunnan no. 8’ (right). Photo: Tugo Cheng/Blue Lotus Gallery.

A full-time architect with a penchant for fine art, Cheng’s work is best known as a celebration of geometries and patterns reminiscent of ink paintings, as well as vibrant colours and textures that illuminate surreal and remote terrains.
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‘Tibet no. 8.’ Photo: Tugo Cheng/Blue Lotus Gallery.

Educated in Hong Kong, Beijing and Cambridge, Cheng has received multiple awards and nominations include the “National Geographic Awards,” “Song World Photography Awards,” “International Photographer of the Year” and “Hasselblad Masters.”
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‘Tibet no. 6’ (left), ‘Yunnan no. 9’ (right). Photo: Tugo Cheng/Blue Lotus Gallery.

Cheng was named “Perspective 40-under-40 Artist” in 2017 for his contribution to art and photography.
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‘Qinghai no. 4.’ Photo: Tugo Cheng/Blue Lotus Gallery.

“Water & Earth 一方水土” will be exhibited until March 22, Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 10pm, at the Gallery by the Harbour, Shop 207, Level 2, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.
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‘Qinghai no. 5’ (left), ‘Zhejiang no. 7.’ Photo: Tugo Cheng/Blue Lotus Gallery.

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‘Qinghai no. 3.’ Photo: Tugo Cheng/Blue Lotus Gallery.

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‘Zhejiang no. 5.’ Photo: Tugo Cheng/Blue Lotus Gallery.

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‘Guangxi no. 3.’ Photo: Tugo Cheng/Blue Lotus Gallery.

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‘Guangxi no. 2.’ Photo: Tugo Cheng/Blue Lotus Gallery.

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‘Zhejiang no. 8.’ Photo: Tugo Cheng/Blue Lotus Gallery.

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‘Zhejiang no. 6.’ Photo: Tugo Cheng/Blue Lotus Gallery.

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‘Fujian no. 23.’ Photo: Tugo Cheng/Blue Lotus Gallery.

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‘Fujian no. 22’ (left), ‘Guangxi no. 1’ (right). Photo: Tugo Cheng/Blue Lotus Gallery.

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‘Tibet no. 7.’ Photo: Tugo Cheng/Blue Lotus Gallery.

More information can be found on the Blue Lotus Gallery website.

HKFP Lens: 'Water & Earth' - photographer Tugo Cheng snaps China's striking natural patterns