After photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze arrived in Hong Kong in 2009, he became fascinated by the character of the city's urban spaces, with gleaming, modern buildings standing side-by-side with traditional tong lau tenements. As he continued his exploration of the city, Romain realized that his fascination stemmed from the sense of awe that one feels when gazing up from the foot of skyscrapers.
In his photography series and art book Vertical Horizon, Romain captured the architectural majesty of gigantic skyscrapers from below. Check it out:
Vertical Horizon is a photographic journey between the buildings of a relentlessly growing city. It is a deep immersion into the city's thick atmospheres, and a visual record of clues in a search for the missing element that brings unity to its wildly diverse built environment. Both introverted and extroverted, Vertical Horizon is a contemplative dive into the raw nature of Hong Kong and an expression of its vertical elan.
Hardcover with 86 color illustrations, in English and Chinese. Text by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze and Ashbi Ng
About the Author
Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze is a French graphic artist with a Masters in multimedia and art from East Paris University. His interest in photography began during his period of working in Los Angeles and Tokyo, and subsequently blossomed into a passion after his arrival in Hong Kong. Stunned by its architectural race in the sky, he felt the need to use his camera to share his feelings about the city. The geometry of the urban environment and the vivid lives it shelters are the aspects of Hong Kong that inspire him most.
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