Wing Shya is a man of few words but myriad emotions. The aesthetics and shoot idea for every photography project that he has worked on is determined by “the mood of the day”, he says. That includes his latest decision to jump into the world of NFTs. “I have a feeling that this [Web3 era] is the direction that the industry is moving towards,” he says.
It is this instinct that has led the fashion, film and art photographer and graphic designer to launch his first NFT series, Cryptyques. The project is the first in the world to focus on Hong Kong classic movies. Based on the theme “desire”, Shya selected 1,320 scenes from Hong Kong films: Patrick Tam’s 1981 thriller Love Massacre, the 1989 romance drama My Heart Is That Eternal Rose, the 1982 Leslie Cheung thriller Nomad, the 1982 action film by Terry Tong about a Hong Kong triad in Sai Ying Pun, and the 1981 crime drama Man on the Brink. These scenes are recreated in collaboration with art tech company Beam+ Lab as 3D-animated video clip NFTs, which were minted on Cryptyques’ website in mid-June.