Offbeat

By Kristiana Hall


These incredible pictures of Hong Kong from a never-seen-before angle will take your breath away.

The pictures show the Chinese city from a vertical perspective, making the towering skycrapers look never-ending.

PIC FROM Romain Jacquet-Lagreze / Caters News

The stunning snaps were taken by French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze, in an attempt to capture the growth of the built-up city.

PIC FROM Romain Jacquet-Lagreze / Caters News

Romain, 29, said: “I love Hong Kong’s vertical architecture – as well as skyscrapers, it’s full of mountains and islands that make 70 per cent of the city’s territory totally covered by nature.

PIC FROM Romain Jacquet-Lagreze / Caters News

“For taking vertical photos, I tend to prefer the older residential buildings – what I like about them is the fact that they don’t look too uniformed.

PIC FROM Romain Jacquet-Lagreze / Caters News

“Each apartment is customising its windows, some with mini garden, some by adding extra air con, or simply with a hanging system for the laundry – the result looks like a very lively facade that turns vibrant especially when shot at night.

PIC FROM Romain Jacquet-Lagreze / Caters News

“Through the medium of photography, I wanted to find an original ‘angle’ that would open up a fresh perspective on what I found most captivating about Hong Kong – its sheer density and ‘vertical sprawl’.

PIC FROM Romain Jacquet-Lagreze / Caters News

“The solution finally came to me while gazing at the moving clouds framed between towers.

“The idea was to look straight up, focusing my vision on the vertical development of the city – shifting the perspective in such a close-packed city enabled me to convey my visual shock just as intensely as it was felt.

PIC FROM Romain Jacquet-Lagreze / Caters News

“I can’t think of any other city in the world whose verticality has been taken to quite the extreme as in Hong Kong.

PIC FROM Romain Jacquet-Lagreze / Caters News

“The future of the city is not to go out further and further, but to build up higher and higher – it is this ‘vertical horizon’ I wanted to show in my photo series.

PIC FROM Romain Jacquet-Lagreze / Caters News

“It is the only possible horizon for a city where scarcity of space and housing have become major social issues, and where home ownership is simply out of the question for half the population.”