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Hong Kong, as you’ve never seen it.

French photographer who has been living in Hong Kong since 2009. He discovered a new chapter in his life: the potential to create incredible work that reflects his impressions, experiences and interests.

He has been photographing the city for six years. Each one is a unique view of the city. “The Blue Moment” is about the fleeting moments between day and night when Hong Kong is covered in a surreal deep blue haze. “Wild Concrete”, however, depicts the resilience that nature offers in the middle of Hong Kong’s most bustling districts.

His efforts were acknowledged, and some of his photos were published by Asia One, a local publisher. He continued his quest for landscapes and worked hard to expand his collection over the next four years.

The Blue Moment

Every day, at the last minute of dusk, the sky turns a deep blue hue, reflecting onto everything below. This brief but fleeting moment is the best for Hong Kong to experience a mysterious atmosphere and a blue veil.

Photography allows you to capture fleeting moments in still photographs. Moments are fleeting. People and places disappear over time. One day, I was photographing the city at sunset. The bright sunlight washed out many colors, and you could feel the heat through the images. I decided to stay longer to see the sun setting and the city lighting up. In minutes, the entire city was covered in a deep blue glow. The blueness projected itself violently onto colorless buildings just a few minutes before. It was a profound experience. My camera could only immortalize this fleeting moment.

Wild Concrete

Wild Concrete compares human and plants living conditions by focusing on the phenomenon of trees growing in Hong Kong’s residential buildings. This is not the only unusual sight of “wild concrete”. You can find them everywhere in the city, from roots that spiral down the exterior pipes of a Mong Kok loft to shoots hidden behind the window frame of an apartment at Central hills to branches spreading across Sham Shui Po and collapsing the entire residence.

These trees stand aloof amid foreign settlements and convey the feeling of alienation and indifference. The saplings have the same extraordinary qualities as humans: persistence, diligence, and independence. Both plants and humans are driven to achieve upward mobility and better lives despite the harsh environment.

How Can you help define your style?

Hong Kong is a new city that has evolved incredibly over the past several decades. It’s been seven years since I moved here, and already it feels like all the districts had changed dramatically from when I first arrived. Many buildings were destroyed and replaced with taller, more luxurious ones. I feel compelled to record everything before it disappears because of the never-ending urban evolution. Even though I’ve been to the city quite a bit over the past seven years, there is still much to see. It’s like a never-ending journey of discovery.

Can you name any photography trends or shifts you are noticing?

The photography industry has seen a huge boom over the last five years. Many newcomers created their content and reached large audiences thanks to the decreasing gear cost.

This led to a standardization of photography and not a lot of creativity. You will see that the pages with the most followers have similar imagery, which mixes lifestyle atmosphere with dramatic scenes.

Instagram’s typical shot is now a fake photo. One person poses in a natural pose, and the background is either a beautiful natural landscape or cityscape. It is a fashion trend that will fade as more people are exposed to it. It will eventually feel like the stock photos of the 90s with smiling people in business posing in neutral offices.

Exhibition at Blue Lotus Gallery, Hong Kong

On Saturday, May 6th, he will be exhibiting at the Blue Lotus Gallery. The exhibition will be open until June 24th. Visit his exhibition if you are in Hong Kong and share your impressions and thoughts with us.

Information about the exhibition:

“Hong Kong Upside Down” is a two-part exploration of Hong Kong’s captivating cityscapes from different angles. Romain Jacquet -Lagreze, a French photographer, points his camera up and shows Hong Kong’s sheer elan through a series called “Vertical Horizon”. Tugo Cheng examines Hong Kong through a bird’s-eye view in ‘City Patterns”.

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