Fine Art Photographer Talks Hong Kong Cityscapes and Importance of Print / HYPEBEAST / 2016
I know it looks ugly to many people. I had a similar view at first. It is so dense that it’s too complicated for our mind to process everything we see. It’s very different from any other city, so people from outside can’t make sense of it in the beginning.
But when you live here, explore this city more in depth and observe it with more care, you realize that this abundance of detail gives the city a charming aspect. Especially in places like Kowloon or Hong Kong Island, where all the buildings are totally different in style, color and size. It gives the impression of being a patchwork of all kinds of architecture. To me it is largely due to the fact that the city is growing very fast, without much restriction. The outcome is a city that keeps changing, where buildings don’t have to look like one another. It’s totally the opposite of Paris, the city I come from, where most buildings have to comply with restrictions on their size and appearance. Somehow, I feel that this ‘chaotic’ growth of Hong Kong is more organic, and it feels more like a living city. ➡︎
Now it has been over six years since Vertical Horizon began. Some photos from the series have become records of now-demolished buildings or drastically changed places. A few others have become iconic shots of Hong Kong. A few spots shown in the photos have even become attractions for selfie-takers. At one place in Quarry Bay, you can now bump into tour guides showing off to overseas crowds, and fashion photographers shooting models. You can also find people taking the same photo I took, carefully framing the exact angle I used for my series. ➡︎
◘ Romain Jacquet Lagrèze / Sophie Maree Gallery