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Unveiling Hong Kong’s Nocturnal Beasts: A Photographic Expedition

Photographer Vincent Tsang Documenting Hong Kong’s Nocturnal Outlaws Vincent Tsang is a Hong Kong-based photographer who’s taking a new approach to illuminating the gritty, urban underworld of the city’s nocturnal inhabitants. With his unique photography style, Tsang seeks to show audiences the life and culture of Hong Kong’s creatures of the night. Keenly aware of the importance of preserving Hong Kong’s culture and history before it disappears, Tsang began his work in 2010. His intention was simple: show the beauty, culture, and story of the Hong Kong nightscapes. Tsang’s photography seeks to capture the unique enthralling moments of these individuals and explores the dynamics of their lifestyle. His photography is largely street-based, allowing audiences intimate access into the lives of people on the fringes of society. For several years, Tsang has documented several different aspects of life that take place at night. His focus has been on the people, rather than their activities. He has worked to highlight the unsung or stigmatized people who inhabit these streets as they search for release and enjoyment. The Haha Team, an acronym for “hustlers, hustlaz, and drifters,” is one group Tsang has photographed. Through exploring and highlighting stories such as these, Tsang presents a unique and often forgotten side to Hong Kong’s history. The photographs from all his work demonstrate Tsang’s clear success in capturing and relatg a compelling story of these incredible people. After years of hard work, Tsang has compiled all his works and photos into a digital photo book, which can be found on platforms such as Amazon and iTunes. The success of Tsang’s projects has opened the door to similar projects, such as the work of Hong Kong filmmaker and photographer Goose Yau. Yau’s work captures the older generations of Hong Kong’s population, and has a strong focus on Charmaine Lungwan, a local entrepreneur who has created a unique platform in the city. Photographers like Tsang and Yau seek to preserve not only the history of Hong Kong’s people, but its culture. Through their work, they are able to preserve and highlight the stories of the people who proudly and often invisibly inhabit these nocturnal and often forgotten areas of Hong Kong. By capturing the beauty and moments of the night, Tsang is able to show audiences the other side of the city that often remains ignored.