Today’s spotlight focuses on Taiwanese photographer Hao Li, and his captivating series Le Mécanisme Répétitif (The Repetitive Mechanism).

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Hao Li is based in France, and his ghostly series came an impressive second place in the Professional Conceptual category of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, and it’s not hard to see why. Supported by the World Photography Organisation, the competition is recognised as the leading photographic awards programme in existence today.

His work reflects the sometimes repetitive routine of daily life, suggesting that we have lost ourselves within an immense system that emphasises both efficiency and productivity. Recognizing this system, Hao Li purposely placed himself amidst the repetitive rhythm, and returned every day at the exact same time to the various different locations, ranging from train stations to supermarkets.

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With the same framing, Hao Li limited himself to one exposure per day on the same piece of film, and complied the shots together to create one single multi-exposure photograph. The result is astounding; offering a high-speed adaptation of the every day places we travel through and the people we pass as eerie, unidentifiable figures.

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Check out the rest of the Sony World Photography Awards winners here to discover other amazing talent and to see some unforgettable photographs.

Winning and shortlisted images will be presented at Somerset House, London from 1-18 May as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.

All images © Hao Li


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