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From his home on the Hong Kong island of Cheung Chau, Michael Wolf photographed sunrises every morning between 5.30 and 7.30 am. Here, on the roof of this three-story house, the
photographer meditates regularly during these early hours.
This series grew into a conceptual work. At first glance, the spectacle of light and colour seems to clash with Wolf’s previous series of images, social critiques reflecting living conditions in overpopulated megacities, and concomitant issues of mass consumption and environmental pollution. And now, sun, clouds, and the vastness of the sky and sea, divided by a horizon. It is the inherent optimism of the dawn of a new day, an image of untouched nature—where before one was shown the narrow, condensed spaces where people live, interact, and work together. It is in the back alleys, transport vehicles, housing units, and toy factories of Hong Kong, and also in the densities of the digital realm, between the pixels and clusters of road maps and satellite images, that Michael Wolf found the themes that have been his focus for thirteen years.