Cityscape – Downtown Hong Kong in B&W

The following definition of Cityscape is taken from Wikipedia.

A cityscape is the urban equivalent of a landscape.  In urban design the terms refer to the configuration of built forms and interstitial space. In the visual arts a cityscape (urban landscape) is an artistic representation, such as a painting, drawing, print or photograph, of the physical aspects of a city or urban area.

Hong Kong is basically a vertical city with skyscrapers everywhere. The city is so familiar to me that, very rarely, I take pictures of it.

Depending on how and where you look at the city, you get a different sense of the place.

In this post, I am trying to show the cityscape by taking pictures of the soaring skyscrapers at varying distance from the buildings in the business district.

The top photo was taken from Victoria Peak,  552 m (1,811 ft) high, towards the harbor.DSCF3202

The second photo was taken high up on a restaurant located on the 62nd floor, also towards the harbor.DSCF3242

The third photo was taken from the same restaurant, using the zoom function.CIMG3433

The image shows the lines and form of the many curtain windows commonly found in Hong Kong buildings.

Behind all the glass and steel are some of Asia’s most powerful people, high-rise neighbours in one of the city’s most exclusive communities.

Finally, I have converted the last one into  a sketch which clearly shows the vertical and horizontal lines of the curtain wall.CIMG3433A

Have always wondered how a city like this can exist!