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Victor Cheng and his affinity for cities

Victor Cheng likes to work with cityscapes and symmetry. He draws creative inspiration from cities and their cultures to capture it in his photographs.

Trapped in the Web

Victor likes to experiment with elements such as architecture and human figures. He works around architecture to compose photographs that fits his style and technique.

Hong Kong

Victor likes to work with cities. He notices the minor details of a city which are lost to most and blends them into his concept for a photograph. Through his photographs he shows the differences of each city and their varying perspectives.

Lego pieces

His move to Hong Kong altered his perspective of city life. Lost in the hustle of it, Victor tries to capture the various dimensions attributed to a city, such as the buildings, streets, skylines etc.

Window counting

It is very difficult to capture clean and minimal features of a city but Victor does it effortlessly.

The Basketball court

He works with a wide range of subjects. He has a unique style of capturing natural light and makes use of clean compositions for his images. This image captures his style perfectly, with its geometrical composition and clean lines.

Lines and colours

Most of his works showcase his affinity towards lines. His photographs involve lines, colours and shapes that are present in a city and are often overlooked by most.

Taking time to reflect

This image is Victor’s personal favourite photo taking experience. It shows the reflection of the magnificent Hong Kong skyline in a puddle formed by rain.

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Showcase 05 Oct 2017

Photostories: Explore the geometry of a city through Victor Cheng’s minimal frames

The Toronto-based creative has a great affinity towards cities. He makes use of various architectural elements in a city to compose clear and sharp images. His photographs are composed with great attention to detail, like shapes, sizes, colours and patterns.

Victor Cheng makes use of natural light, an architectural background and a human element to compose clean, symmetrical photographs. Inspired by cities and their cultures, Victor has a keen eye for detail and works with lines and patterns to compose his photographs. Victor makes use of a wide range of elements including real life shapes, colours and arrangements to create pointed imagery. In this article on CQ, we explore what makes his work unique in capturing cityscapes. 

Victor Cheng and his affinity for cities

Victor Cheng likes to work with cityscapes and symmetry. He draws creative inspiration from cities and their cultures to capture it in his photographs.

Trapped in the Web

Victor likes to experiment with elements such as architecture and human figures. He works around architecture to compose photographs that fits his style and technique.

Cities and context; how they influence his work 

As a traveller, Victor Cheng takes a step back from the fast-paced city life to capture the various elements of a city that are unique to that particular city. He has an affinity for urban settings or urbanity and a majority of his photographs involve skylines, cityscapes, buildings and streets. On many occasions, the perspectives he chooses, show the structures, the shapes and lines of a city that one generally overlooks, as mundane or usual. 

Hong Kong

Victor likes to work with cities. He notices the minor details of a city which are lost to most and blends them into his concept for a photograph. Through his photographs he shows the differences of each city and their varying perspectives.

It is easy to get lost in the vastness of a city, and this is exactly what Victor’s photographs highlight. He explores the smaller, less intimidating elements of a city and adds a whimsical take, to show the flipside of these cities. “To be honest, it is actually quite hard to capture ‘clean and minimal’ features of a city that is all about hustle and bustle. But, I guess that`s just the beauty of exploring and discovering places that can show the different side,” he explains.

Lego pieces

His move to Hong Kong altered his perspective of city life. Lost in the hustle of it, Victor tries to capture the various dimensions attributed to a city, such as the buildings, streets, skylines etc.

 

“To be honest, it is actually quite hard to capture ‘clean and minimal’ features of a city that is all about hustle and bustle. But, I guess that`s just the beauty of exploring and discovering places that can show the different side” 

Victor’s area of work has taken him to various cities across the world which in turn has led him to capture their differences. He grew up in Toronto and recently moved to Hong Kong. The photographs showcase the positive vibes, artistic features and culture of Toronto and are naturally differentiated from those of Hong Kong which capture the cosmopolitan nature and concrete structures. Elaborating, he says, “This city (Hong Kong) will definitely make you feel insignificant when you`re trying to catch a train during rush hour. As compared to Canada, it feels as if life is always being played at twice the speed.”

Window counting

It is very difficult to capture clean and minimal features of a city but Victor does it effortlessly.

Visual composition and aesthetic

Victor’s photographs are minimalist, sharp and precisely composed; sometimes orchestrated whereas, sometimes just capturing a blissful moment. He tweaks the elements to suit his style. His work shows an inclination towards geometric lines, patterns and shapes present in the city.

The Basketball court

He works with a wide range of subjects. He has a unique style of capturing natural light and makes use of clean compositions for his images. This image captures his style perfectly, with its geometrical composition and clean lines.

Especially lines play an important role in his photography since they lead the eye of the viewer to the object that he wants them to focus on. He also makes use of lines to connect various elements in the image together. He uses two basic colours in most of his photographs and aligns them into distinct shapes, patterns and styles to create an organised frame.

Lines and colours

Most of his works showcase his affinity towards lines. His photographs involve lines, colours and shapes that are present in a city and are often overlooked by most.

 

Victor has a unique style of composition as well. Victor says, “Composition definitely plays a major element for a photograph. It`s what you want in the this rectangle box. My process of composing for a photograph is always looking through the viewfinder and not only focusing on what is in the middle of the shot, but also observing the surroundings within. Once I am happy with everything that will be included in the shot, I push the shutter button.”

Taking time to reflect

This image is Victor’s personal favourite photo taking experience. It shows the reflection of the magnificent Hong Kong skyline in a puddle formed by rain.

Victor Cheng’s photographs stand apart in terms of technique, style and composition allowing the viewers to take in the nuances of a city. The minor detailing and the minimalistic style allows viewers to look at any city through a different lens. 

Cities are vast mysterious creatures - and though a photo speaks a million words - cities can’t be captured in frames or lenses. On the contrary, Victor’s photos present the same cities in a contrasting view; it represents smaller moments and not their vastness. What might seem like a solitary pedestrian crossing the road in his photos, might in reality be one in a thousand in that city, but captured in the right composition, the images can be graphically striking, as Victor’s are. 

Take a look at some of Victor Cheng’s other interesting work here