Hong Kong-based photographer Andy Yeung knows his city by heart; he’s walked the streets of Quarry Bay, explored the crevices of public housing in the Ping Shek and Choi Wan Estates. He’s even flown drones far above the high-rises, peering down at the place he calls home as if from a private bower nestled amongst the clouds. But nothing could have prepared him for the nightly ritual of metamorphosis of Hong Kong, when the sun descends and a blanket of murky mist covers the urban sprawl.
Urban Fog, the darker sister project to Yeung’s earlier series Urban Jungle, captures the preternatural vision that emerges each night at Victoria Harbour. Born from the profound humidity of the location, mated with some air pollution, the fog becomes like a creature of the moon, simultaneously ravenous and languid. From his perch on ground, the photographer has witnessed time and again the great engulfment of human settlements, as if to suggest that no matter how high we dare to climb, we still remain at the mercy of the elements.
All images © Andy Yeung