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City’s Neon Glow Streets Nightlife Captured

By day, Liam Wong is an art director for a video game company. By night, he photographs the color and chaos of the largest city in the world. Wong spends most of his nights exploring Tokyo, and sometimes London. The images Wong captures seem to be more like stills taken right from the video games he oversees.

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Akasaka Nights – © Liam Wong

“I create, capture and design meaningful aesthetics. I love capturing real moments and transforming them into the surreal. In 2015, I purchased my first DSLR, ahead of my trip to Tokyo. When I arrived in Japan, I captured various parts of Tokyo, rarely venturing far from tourist spots. Then one night it rained. And the city came to life and I got lost in the beauty of Tokyo at night.” – Liam Wong

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Harajuku Nights – © Liam Wong

The neon lights transformed into digital images bring the two worlds together. Striking LED lights, shining advertisements and street lanterns mix together into a play of colors and shine. Created cityscapes resemble the phantasmagoria of a virtual world.

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Kabukicho Nights – © Liam Wong


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London Nights – © Liam Wong

“Every day we brush past so many other people in our day-to-day lives, walking past things we deem mundane such as alleyways, signs, and shop fronts, Interesting things are happening all the time, yet I feel we don’t stop to appreciate it as often as we should. That beauty is all around us, even in the darkest corners of a city.” – Liam Wong tells CityLab

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Nakano Nights – © Liam Wong


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Nakano Nights – © Liam Wong

“I wish I could say I have extensive techniques or that there is a deeper meaning or that I waited hours for the perfect shot, but I just walked around at night taking pictures of the city. Capturing what was in front of me and sharing it with my followers. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Japan, you absolutely must go, it is beautiful.”

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Roppongi Nights – © Liam Wong


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Shibuya Nights – © Liam Wong

About: Liam Wong:

Working as Graphic Design Director at Ubisoft – defining, designing and directing the visual identities for AAA games.

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Shibuya Nights – © Liam Wong

Originally from Scotland, two years into my career I moved over three thousand miles from home into my current position; becoming the youngest director at the largest games development studio in the world.

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Shibuya Nights – © Liam Wong


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Shinjuku Nights – © Liam Wong

“Outside of games development I picked up photography in the last year and my work has since been featured on platforms such as Adobe, Billboard, Canon, CNN, Saatchi Gallery, The Smithsonian, Buzzfeed, The Atlantic and Business Insider. Imagery and press coverage viewable at liamwong.com & instagram.com/liamwon9.”

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Shinjuku Nights – © Liam Wong

Data:

Name: City’s Neon Glow Streets Nightlife Captured
Type: Photography
Views: City Nightlife Capture
Theme Colour: dark tones
Year: 2015-2016

The people:

Photographer: Liam Wong – Canada
Text Description: © Liam Wong, CityLab
Images: © Liam Wong

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