In his ‘Vertical Horizon’ project, 26-year-old French graphic artist and photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze captures Hong Kong’s soaring heights. The project, now a book, comprises 80 photos taken in 2012. A dozen of Mr. Jacquet-Lagrèze’s photos are currently on display in Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui district as part of Le French May cultural festival.

All photographs by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze.


Nicole Ma
Hong Kong
Sony A35

Your exploration in Hong Kong is exciting and interesting. What places would you recommend locals and visitors to explore that many wouldn’t normally know about?

Typically, there are only 3 main tourist spots in Hong Kong where you can get decent photos such as The Peak, Tsim Sha Tsui and The Big Buddha (Lantau Island) but there are many spots in Hong Kong where explorers would love to go to like Hike the Lantau Peak, Hike the Lion Rock trail to get amazing mountain views, Sai Wan Swimming Shed to get a more ocean and foggy vibe and if you prefer urban photography, you could go to either Wanchai, Central, Admiralty, Sheung Wan, Causeway Bay or even West Kowloon.

P.S. If you do end up going, feel free to message me and il bring you to the best places for adventures and especially food.

You’re moving from Hong Kong to living in the US in a couple of months. What things are you looking forward to in the new part of the World?

Yes I am! I’m honestly looking forward to the sunsets in America and the fresh air, but other than that, I am excited to road trip with my mate
(coffee-n-mtns) and to honestly explore the land. Plus to learn the rules of American football and learn the slang because when people say they are “excited/love to tailgate”, I honestly thought people loved to follow cars for fun haha.

Do you have any places in mind lined up for an adventure, for when you arrive to the USA?

Perhaps revisit the Rocky Mountain region and PNW! I was in a rush last summer when I was there so maybe since I’m going to college there I can travel longer and explore all the trails. Might even go down to Denver and hike/ski!

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Day 1 in Asia’s World City (9th January 2012)

After our flight landed, took the bus to our hotel in Sha Tin, got informed that our room was not ready, left our luggage with the concierge and finally got to explore Hong Kong (in proper) at around 3pm.

Mong Kok was FANTASTIC. It was the Hong Kong that I wanted to see. Big neon signboards fighting for attention, unkempt sidewalks with street stalls, compact stained concrete buildings and a pedestrianised road jostled with commuters, shoppers, salesmen, tourists and etc. Ladies’ Market on the other hand was different. I enjoyed its variety and character, however, it was ridiculously expensive by street market standards. 2 magnets cost us sgd$7.60 even after bargaining! (or maybe we were unskilled in this certain talent -___-)

The Star Ferry had to be the transportation highlight of our trip (yes, even beating the peak tram imho). There was just something about it, whether it is the nostalgic wooden seats, the open concept-ness of the ferry, the cold winter air, the old school ferry terminal or the transition towards the towering skyscrapers of Central.

Views from The Peak was stunning, breathtaking, beautiful, pretty, gorgeous, charming and whatever other pleasant words from the dictionary. It wasn’t a clear night due to the fogginess during the winter season, however it was still a “WOW” experience. Visiting the peak is a must!