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An Interview with @klivehrk

04/01/15

A penchant for real estate and an eye for architecture, amateur photographer @klivehrk documents the modern landscape of his native China. Whether shooting his neighboring Hong Kong or traveling further afield to the likes of Beijing, @klivehrk’s work captures the urban textures of his country, from the jagged points of glass to the intricate building shapes that the latest in engineering can afford. The images paint a portrait of a country that has begun heavily investing in its cities over the last few decades, offering visually innovative interiors and exteriors alike. We talk to the natural-born creative about living in one of China’s newer cities, the draw of Northern Europe, and finding the unexpected if you readjust your focus.

City of residence:

Shenzhen in the Guangdong Province, China. It’s a city next to Hong Kong.

Describe Shenzhen in three words:

Young, complex, and underrated.

What’s your favorite building in Shenzhen?

The Civic Center building. I won't say it’s the best one for my camera, but I have great memories of it.

What do you look for in architecture?

1) Unexpected beauty. Sometimes we just neglect how amazing the architecture is until we re-look and try to deconstruct.

2) Sense of belonging. 

What’s the most interesting thing about Shenzhen?

During Chinese New Year, the city gets empty because almost no one is local and people return to their hometown [for the holiday].

What’s the worst thing about Shenzhen?

Shenzheners don’t have much of their own culture and most of them are not planning to make one.

What three places in Shenzhen would you recommend to someone visiting from abroad?

1) Spring Cocoon. It’s spacious, futuristic architecture built as a sport center.

2) Top of Lotus Hill. You can get a nice overall view of this young city.

3) Shekou Port. The site shows you how this city started as a port.

Would you ever live anywhere else? 

Northern Europe. I am a big fan of Northern Europe. I love the vibe, the calmness, the simplicity and creativity of its culture.

Photos courtesy of @klivehrk via Instagram.