Hong Kong's population of more than 7.2 million people lives in a region that covers only 426 square miles, resulting in more than 1,500 skyscrapers housing both office and residential spaces. With many of the buildings rising more than 250 feet, those on the ground catch only glimpses of sky through a field of concrete, steel, and glass. British photographer Peter Stewart captures this unexpected beauty in his newest series, "Stacked."
Wandering the city in 2013, Stewart came upon the Yick Cheong Building in Quarry Bay. The photographer was compelled to snap a picture of the high-rise, which looks like thousands of cubes piled one atop the other like colorful wooden blocks. The residential tower reminded Stewart of the Koloon Walled City, a squatter settlement that sheltered 33,000 people on 6.4 acres of land. Soon, Stewart became inspired to photograph more awe-inspiring high-rises.
To achieve his unique point-of-view, Stewart finds a point midway between the buildings and aims his camera straight up. After taking multiple exposures at various shutter speeds, the photographer blends the images in Photoshop, creating a melancholic, almost dystopian mood.
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