Architecture of Density
- Hannah Edwards
German photographer Michael Wolf has been living in Hong Kong for about 20 years . In his project ‘Architecture of Density’ he has depicted high density living in one of the world’s most crowded cities like nobody has before.
For ‘Architecture of Density’, Wolf fashioned a distinctive style of photography. He removes any sky or horizon line from the frame and flattens the space until it becomes a relentless abstraction of urban expansion, with no escape for the viewer’s eye. Wolf photographs crumbling buildings in need of repair, brand new buildings under construction covered in bamboo scaffolding, as well as fully occupied residential complexes. Wolf’s disorienting vantage point gives the viewer the feeling that the buildings extend indefinitely, which perhaps is the spatial experience of Hong Kong’s inhabitants.