Countless photographers try to capture the ever-photogenic Hong Kong, but few manage to bring a new perspective. French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze does just that with his series “The Blue Moment”.
The series feature photographs of Hong Kong summer days, as sunlight lingers in the evening skies, painting the streets and buildings in cobalt blue, and the city settles in for the night.
The theme and colour scheme of the series evoke René Magritte’s famous painting, “Empire of the Light” depicting a night-time street underneath daylight. Both works exhibit paradoxical images of night and day while comprising of colours such as blue, white, black, yellow and gold—giving it an almost monochromatic finish.
Using different vantage points, Romain spent two summers using a large-format camera to document the city at summer’s dusk. The images of Hong Kong are “au naturel” with very little post-processing (#nofilter).
“I witnessed how just for few minutes the city was enveloped in a deep blue haze,” said Jacquet-Lagrèze. “The blueness projected itself ferociously onto the buildings that looked colourless just a little while before. I was deeply impressed.”
The series will be exhibited at the Blue Lotus Gallery in his first solo show, along with his previously celebrated series, “Vertical Horizons”, proving yet again he is one of the most exciting photographers around.
What: “The Blue Moment” Solo exhibition (more info)
When: Saturday May 7th 4-8pm (opening cocktail, book launch and signing); 7 May 2016 – 25 June 2016 (Thursday to Saturday 2-6pm)
Where: Blue Lotus Gallery, 1606 Chai Wan Industrial City, Phase 1, 60 Wing Tai Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong (Google Maps).