A love from outer space,
I know where she’s coming from,
Space is where we both belong.
– Lyrics from ‘A Love from Outer Space’ by A.R. Kane, from the album “i”, 1989.
She stands strong, isolated against her environment.
Then, she starts to hover on the verge of complete disintegration. And threatens to morph into the background, pixel by pixel. The surroundings are mundane yet sinister. Telecommunications towers and high-security fencing loom large in an urban scrubland. Nowhere. Anywhere. Ominous skies glisten with stars – or satellites? – that appear closer and burn brighter than ever before. The compositions twist and lurch at second glance.
Behind the scenes
Set in the hinterlands of Hong Kong, these colour-drenched scenes are the work of fashion photographer and creative director Kenny Li.
Kenny shares with us his unique vision that transports the beholder to an uncertain time and place. Kenny uses his own experiences, likes and even his dreams as creative material for projects. And here, what most inspired his choice of colour, composition and mood was the prolific genre of anime.
The menacing hyper-reality of the images is in part manufactured by Kenny himself during post-production. This digital manipulation of photographs is a tool that he has also used in the past to equally arresting effect.
Clothing label ‘Injury’ was perfect for use throughout the shoot, being local to Hong Kong. Moreover, the brand shares aesthetic alignment with its pared-down sci-fi sensibility. The strong graphic quality and futuristic cuts of the garments combine with and incorporate into the heightened visual effects to produce a fatalistic mirror world in which nothing in certain.
Photography, Art Direction & Digital Art: Kenny Li
Stylist: Syan Leung
Hair and makeup: Gabbie Lee