Tugo Cheng is a fine art photographer with an architectural background. His works highlight patterns, order, and rhythm. I love the mesmerizing patterns in his work. His photographs transform ordinary views into surreal ones with compositions that make his photography seem intentional despite being of subjects with the spontaneity of the real world.
He earned the title of International Discovery of the Year Award in 2016 for his series “Coastal Geometries.” They depict “aquaculture activities of Fujian province in the southeast coast of China,” and the bamboo rods erected to hang fishing nets and dry seaweed take on a new role as the units in the beautiful patterns of his photography.
City Patterns explores Cheng’s hometown, Hong Kong, from an aerial perspective. He started experimenting in 2014 with aerial photography using a GoPro and a drone. Originally he programmed it to take photographs in five-second intervals, but newer technology now allows him to choose what to shoot in real time. This gives him much greater flexibility.
“People from overseas think Hong Kong is about high density and high-rise buildings,” Cheng said. “But I wanted to reveal the hidden geometries in the city.”
Cheng has shot similar series in other places, including Ethiopia, China, and the United States.
“You have to give up your preconceptions. From above, a beautiful place can be boring and a boring place can be very interesting.”