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Life After Sunset

By Sophie Pettit 14 January 2015
We’ve seen it in the rain, we’ve seen it from above, and now self-taught French photographer Charles Dieric offers a new perspective of Hong Kong – in the dark. Photographer: Charles DiericHitting the streets after sunset with his Canon 5D Mark III camera, Dieric sets out to capture the spectrum of life in Hong Kong, from the hustle and bustle of the masses in the inner city, to the quieter backstreets in the heart of the downtown. His collection of Hong Kong shots spring from his lifelong love of photography and fascination with colour and lighting, as well as his curiosity surrounding a city that moves a million times faster than the quiet French town in which he grew up. “In this big city, everything is moving very fast and in different directions. It's like many musical rhythms are crossing simultaneously during days and nights,” the 24-year-old told Localiiz. “I enjoy the feeling of speed and sometimes focus on the movement of the masses, but I also want to break the mass effect in order to show the individuality of all of us, which is lost nowadays in this big city.” Photo by Charles Dieric So why the dim lighting? “I like to take pictures after sunset to capture the warm orange colours, stretched shadows, and all the contrasts. The composition of the lights and colours are the best language in the world to express my feeling about something and start to tell a new story about a place, a time, and a mood. For me, through the dark lighting the viewer can enjoy their own times with a mysterious atmosphere just like they are in a cinema.” Dieric, who studied art, movie animation, and visual effects (VFX) at university, dreams of becoming a director of photography in film and TV and hopes that his collection of images will awaken people’s curiosity about the city which he has grown to love. “Hong Kong gave me a great new experience and inspiration, it’s my very first step into the Asian culture and I love it. I really enjoy the lifestyle here and strongly recommend all foreigners who are traveling or working in different countries to visit the place. I hope my work can inspire people to look around this city and ask themselves some questions about life here.”

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Sophie Pettit


Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.