started working on the series in 2011, literally learning about Hong Kong as I went along. The more locations I scouted, the stronger the impulsion to push further and explore more. I just had to see it all, even the most obscure and secluded corners that I would never think of visiting again.
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’. 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.
I come from Paris, a city where architectural restrictions are important and where most of the population actually lives in suburbs. But in Hong Kong, building around the city core is not an option, as relatively flat land is very scarce and surrounded either by mountains or sea. Reclaiming land is a widely used option, but also an expensive one. Thus, each piece of buildable land needs to be used as effectively as possible, and the best way to maximise the land is to build vertically.
I can’t think of any other city in the world whose verticality has been taken to quite the extreme as in Hong Kong. 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.
I also included photos of Macau, the sister-city of Hong Kong, which shares the same vertical growth and some similarities in terms of architecture, especially in the older residential districts.
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