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.


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!