Hong Kong’s skyline is one of the most recognizable cityscapes in the world. Now, graphic artist and photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze is looking at the city’s towering skyscrapers from a different point of view.
After his initial interest in photography was piqued working in Los Angeles and Tokyo, he found himself with his newest photo subject: Hong Kong. According to the Wall Street Journal, Jacquet-Lagrèze, a 26-year-old Frenchman, arrived in Hong Kong in 2009 and started shooting vertical views of Hong Kong in 2011.
By 2012, he had decided to make a full photo project of these unique vertical shots of the city. His project has culminated in “Vertical Horizon,” a photo book of 80 different images taken between January and July of last year and as well as a photo exhibit in Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui district for the Le French May festival.
Getting the perfect shot of the worm’s-eye-view photos, which are often taken at the intersections of roads and buildings, did come at a bit of a risk. “Many times I have to stand in the middle of the road, but I’m cautious and haven’t suffered any accidents,” he said.
Jacquet-Lagrèze says he used a wide-angle Sigma lens with a 10 mm focal length to shoot the city because it stays true to the landscape’s straight lines: “I think it fits better architectural shots and it’s more faithful to reality.”
Michelle FlorCruz joined IBTimes in October of 2012 and has special interest in stories relating to politics, business and culture in China and other areas of Asia....