Mr. Xu, who grew up in Queens, N.Y., cited Wong Kar-wai films, Christopher Doyle cinematography, Fan Ho photography and ’90s gangster movies like “Young and Dangerous” as inspirations for his work. He has frequently traveled to Hong Kong, spending weeks there at a time.
“My family is from Taishan in Guangdong province, so we are of the Cantonese people,” he said. “We speak Cantonese, so when I go to parts of Hong Kong that speak Cantonese, it’s this familiar feeling of home to me.”
Samantha Wong, above, is a blogger on the Instagram account @samishome. She was shopping at a wet market, which is an outdoor grocery shopping center, in Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island.
This man, photographed in central Hong Kong, which is the financial district, reminded Mr. Xu of a style he knew from old films. “He captures this sense of a bygone Hong Kong that I rarely see anymore, that you only see in the older generation,” he said.
“There is a trend in androgyny in Hong Kong, where people dress in slim-fitting clothes that might make it difficult to determine the gender,” Mr. Xu said.
The streets of Mong Kok, a major shopping area on the Kowloon Peninsula.
Here, a group of motorcyclists in Mong Kok. “They were stuck in a traffic jam and were making noise,” Mr. Xu said. “Their bikes were the loudest thing on the street.”
A scene on the subway.
“There was something very punk rock and ’80s about their look,” Mr. Xu said of these young women in fishnets and Vans.
In May, when Mr. Xu was in Hong Kong, the temperature was already in the 90s. “Everybody is looking for ways to stay cool and still fashionable, so most people carry around fans or umbrellas,” he said.
Jonas Poon at Elephant Grounds, a “locally grown micro roaster” coffee shop in Causeway Bay. “There is a huge coffee culture in most of Asia,” Mr. Xu said. “Coffee shops are popping up everywhere.”
A street scene in Causeway Bay. Mr. Xu was drawn to this man’s sense of style. “His blue shirt just had this really artsy feel to it, and his glasses,” he said.
“Another thing that I noticed in Hong Kong is that a lot of people dress in a playful manner,” Mr. Xu said. “Here is this gentlemen with a camo shirt and orange socks and sandals. It just has this childlike sense of play.”
Here, what caught the photographer’s eye was a family all wearing assorted prints.
A street scene in Mong Kok.
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