Nighttime Photos of Hong Kong and China’s Neon-Soaked Back Alleys

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When Parisian fashion photographer and graphic designer Marilyn Mugot joined Instagram, she suddenly had a newfound creative outlet for her artistry. Inspired by the cinematography of films by Ridley Scott and Stanley Kubrick, she soon found herself traveling the globe and shooting new perspectives of urban landscapes.

Primarily working after the sun goes down, her Night Project is filled with eerie shots of Paris, San Francisco, and New York. “I prefer to work at night because it’s exciting,” she confesses. “The lights and the elements take on mystical and secret dimensions which are not always real but a result of my imagination.”

Some of the most eye-catching images in the series were captured during a six-week voyage to China. Here, the neon streets of Hong Kong, Chongqing, and Guilin were Mugot's playground. The results are a masterclass in artistic night photography that would make her cinematic muses proud.

She takes us through small back alleys and presents a China largely devoid of humans. Through her lens, China's architecture, bathed in glowing fuchsia and blue hues, takes on mysteriously fantastical quality.

Follow Mugot's night wanderings via Instagram or her fashion photography through her second account.

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All images via Marilyn Mugot.

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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