With his eyes to the sky, self-taught photographer Peter Stewart is looking at the world from a different angle. While others skim the rooftops of Hong Kong’s tallest buildings to capture the perfect shot of the urban jungle, Stewart prefers to keep his feet placed firmly on the ground, offering a totally different view of our city from the ground up.
The Australian photographer and perpetual wanderer probably isn’t the ideal person to be stuck behind during rush hour, but all is forgiven when you see his phenomenal collection, aptly named Stacked.
Dizzying structures, striking colours, and show-stopping skies fill every frame, inviting us to view our densely built city in a whole new light.
“I love massive cities, but for a lot of people, urban sprawl is not viewed as something of beauty,” Stewart tells Localiiz. “Hong Kong has a seemingly endless parade of skyscrapers, high rise apartments, and housing estates. I want to showcase these structures in a different light, by showing what is often overlooked as perhaps ugly and painting it in a positive light.”
Stewart is certainly spreading his message, having captured some of the world’s largest cities with his trusty Nikon D810. New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore … you name it, he’s done it. But what makes Hong Kong stand out from the crowd? “Hong Kong is a joy for photographers. It’s one of those places where you can express yourself artistically with a wide range of subjects and themes,” he tells us.
“I love how I can go from shooting street portraits in the gritty street markets of Sham Shui Po, to finding interesting angles and compositions of the high-rise architecture in Central, and then to places like Lion Rock, with it’s glorious vistas over the entire city. Hong Kong is still my favourite world city and although I have no plans to settle, I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather be.”
We couldn’t agree more!