This image is part of a larger series (The Blue Moment) where you explore the mystical and resultant blue atmosphere during dusk in Hong Kong. Can you tell us more about this moment?
The blue hour has a really magical atmosphere for me. Indeed, everyday at dusk you see daylight fading and street lights lighting up, until the moment when it is perfectly balanced. But the blue veil that envelops the city doesn’t appear every day. It’s actually quite rare in a city like Hong Kong, where the air is either too polluted or too misty to let the magic happen. You need some specific weather conditions for it. This kind of rarity makes the moment truly special. For this project, the most time-consuming part was not the actual shooting, but the scouting. Most of the photos were taken from residential buildings, so I needed time to get access and explore them. It took me roughly ten months of scouting and two months of shooting to finish this project.
Just as good shot generally relies on the ‘right moment’ it is also often about finding the right spot, isn’t it? Tell us a bit about your process – how you approach a new place, the research that goes in, and so on.
Indeed, the right moment is not enough, you need also to be positioned at the right spot when that moment arrive.
In order to make it possible, I always scout my spots days or even months before the actual shooting. For the series The Blue Moment for example, the number of days when I can capture the blue the most intensely is maybe just 15-20 a year. So I would make use of all the less good weather days by scouting and discovering potential good spots.