Nighttime Photos of China as a Neon Fever Dream

At a quick glance, the photos of Paris-based designer and photographer Marilyn Mugot could be stills from Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner or a Nicolas Winding Refn film. But the artist’s images originated from a trip to China in November, where Mugot spent time exploring Chongqing, Guilin, and Hong Kong at night, according to Faith is Torment. As it turns out, the cinematic quality of Mugot’s work is intentional. She’s inspired by filmmakers like Scott and David Cronenberg. “I prefer to work at night because it’s exciting. The lights and the elements take on mystical and secret dimensions which are not always real but a result of my imagination,” she told Wired. See more of Mugot’s Night Project series in our gallery.