You know that thing when you’re staring up at the clouds and you start to see all sorts of shapes, objects and animals in them? Well, photographer Michael Wolf does that with Hong Kong’s backstreets and captures evocative accidental sculptures wherever he looks.
Having photographed the city for over twenty years, his shots of the abstract everyday creativity feature in an exhibition Informal Arrangements at Flowers Gallery in Shoreditch, London until 2 January. Captivated by the densely packed Hong Kong alleyways that snake between the city’s high rise architecture, Wolf finds a delicate beauty in the forms that discarded junk, random materials and odd industrial appendages take on out of sight. Hidden from plain view, these nooks and thoroughfares store an alluring sense of wabi sabi in a city whose buildings generally tend to draw the eyes up towards the clouds.