Alchemy of shadows

Birth of Humanity, Border of Angola and Namibia – Estimated Origins of Modern Human giclée archival print 180x120cm

 

Using satellite imaging, photographer David Thomas Smith echoes the Arecibo radio message transmitted into deep space forty-five years ago, writes Stephanie McBride

One slice of Hong Kong’s waterfront is so popular among photographers that, over the past decade or so, it has become known as Instagram Pier. It provides the background for tourist selfies, fashion shoots and wedding photos, yet often the photographers are trying to reimagine or recreate much the same image – the same panoramic harbour view; the same skyline or sunset; or the same configuration of old lamp posts, oil drums and cargo pallets that they have seen online.

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