Night, skyscraper lights, fire, lasers, and riots.
On September 1, activist Jeffrey Ngo tweeted a photo of protests in Hong Kong. Clashes between protesters and police have intensified in recent days: local residents put up barricades on the roads and threw Molotov cocktails. Police responded with water jets and tear gas.
Riots continued all night. Ngo tweeted “what the 21st century revolution looks like in a postmodern metropolis”: skyscrapers, smoke, fire, masked protesters and laser light intertwine in one shot. In the comments, the atmosphere was reminiscent of a cyberpunk aesthetic.
The author of the photo is a local photographer, Deacon Lui. Another picture of him shows that he pretty much processes his shots.
Because of one such retouch, Lui managed to get accused of spreading fakes. In June, his work was widely dispersed from a street peaceful protest, which was distinguished by unusual symmetry. The photographer then confirmed to AFP that he cut off the original frame for effect and then “mirrored” it.
Despite this, social networks highly appreciate the work of Lui at the protests in Hong Kong. He publishes many photos on his Instagram.