The challenge of creating a piece like this is the incredible amount of detail that you need to convey in order to capture the weight and density of the original image. The 'aura' of Chinatown is difficult to describe but can be surmised by chaotic lines and color. Here I painted a rough watercolor plate which i composited with the original image, using selective blending and masking to summon chaos when appropriate.
Camera: Canon AE-1
Film Stock: Kodak Portra 400
Compositor: Adobe Photoshop CC 18