Local photographer Matt Teague has launched his Hong Kong series on his platform “SoulSoil” – to showcase some of what he calls the “exquisite beauty” that the city has to offer. 

Maclehose Ridge. Photo: Matthew Teague.

Matt’s approach to capturing Hong Kong is through “Natural Photography” – photoshop-free, minimally edited and naturally lit – to show Hong Kong in its rawest and most natural form. 

Lantau Jungle. Photo: Matthew Teague.

His love since childhood for the city’s beautiful peaks and valleys has inspired him to look closely at the intricacies and uniqueness that abundant nature provides.

Jungle Ferns. Photo: Matthew Teague.

“It’s rare you see people out at sunrise on the hills, but these are really the most magnificent hours for capturing the exquisite beauty that Hong Kong has to offer,” Matt says. 

Sai Kung Sunrise. Photo: Matthew Teague.

His colourful approach also filters into capturing city scenes in their unique vibrancy, creating snapshots of industry and edges that appeal to the eye.

Shutter Island. Photo: Matthew Teague.
Yau Ma Tei Flats. Photo: Matthew Teague.
Sai Kung Dragon Boats. Photo: Matthew Teague.

Matt’s background is in sustainable systems, food and ecological awareness – and his hope is that his photography can inspire people to preserve and respect both Hong Kong’s heritage and the natural environment. 

Lamma Leaves. Photo: Matthew Teague.

“As times require us to be more still and spend more time, energy and awareness on our immediate environment, I’m glad that people are venturing out and exploring the hidden crevices that Hong Kong has to offer,” he says.

Wild Wood. Photo: Matthew Teague.

“With 7.5 million people in this city, I hope more people take to the hills and see Hong Kong in the light it has always deserved to be seen.”

Hill Flowers. Photo: Matthew Teague.

“Sea-level in the city can be very consuming and repetitive, and can only offer us so much. It’s really from the height of the hills we gather perspective and inspiration.”

Dragon Boat Bands. Photo: Matthew Teague.
Smooth Operator. Photo: Matthew Teague.

Matt’s limited-edition prints are available for sale at SoulSoil.

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