Stunning photographs of China’s answer to Silicon Valley

These stunning photographs shed a neon light on one of the biggest electronics market in the world.

The Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei District in China which is decked with neon lights as far as the eye can see.

The cyberpunk-themed pictures of China’s answer to Silicon Valley capture futuristic Blade Runner-like scenes in Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei District.

The Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei District in China which is decked with neon lights as far as the eye can see.

London-based graphic designer Marcus Wendt, 34, said: “A lot of these were shot in difficult to access locations, for example semi-private car parks and back alleys.”

The Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei District in China which is decked with neon lights as far as the eye can see.

He fought jetlag and was inspired by ‘isometric’ views of the city’s neon lights to create “slightly alien and uncanny atmospheres” like early 1990s cyperpunk games.

The Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei District in China which is decked with neon lights as far as the eye can see.

“I think I’m after capturing this alien-ness in the pictures, an interesting and exciting world.

The Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei District in China which is decked with neon lights as far as the eye can see.

“The night transforms everything, and neon light give you this really new way of lighting everything.

The Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei District in China which is decked with neon lights as far as the eye can see.

“The heavily distorted colours and also tweaking the perspectives of the images in subtle ways so that you have these improbably isometric arrangements,” said Mr Wendt.

The Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei District in China which is decked with neon lights as far as the eye can see.

“With digital image making, you always have to add, you have to create from nothing. In photography, it’s the opposite way.

The Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei District in China which is decked with neon lights as far as the eye can see.

“The attractive thing is that you still have the underlying reality, but this is a way of creating new images rather than documenting what you find.”

The Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei District in China which is decked with neon lights as far as the eye can see.

The Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei District in China which is decked with neon lights as far as the eye can see.

The Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei District in China which is decked with neon lights as far as the eye can see.

 

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