At first glance, Michael Wolf's photos look like they could be a tapestry, or perhaps abstract art. Look closer and you'll see that they're actually cleverly composed photos of Hong Kong's ubiquitous high-rises. Wolf would head to one of the many hills in the city - or sometimes just go upstairs in an adjacent building - and set up his camera. The results are spectacular, with colorful mosaics of concrete and glass.

Wolf initially compiled the photos for his Architecture of Density project, which is now in book form. In an interview with Wired, Wolf explains 'at some point I just took a photograph and I folded away the sky and the horizon until I just had the pure architecture. By removing the context, viewers have no idea how big these building[s] actually are.'

A colorful Hong Kong high-rise, complete with laundry and much-needed air conditioning.
Photo credit: Michael Wolf

The photos also illustrate everyday life in a Hong Kong high-rise, according to Wolf. Look closely and you'll see laundry hanging from windows hundreds of feet above the ground.

Below are a few of our favorite images from Michael Wolf. For the full interview and even more photos, hit the source link below. 

Photo credit: Michael Wolf
Photo credit: Michael Wolf
Photo credit: Michael Wolf