Hi, my name is Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, I’m a photographer from France. “Concrete stories” is a collection of genuine instants from the daily life of Hong Kong’s inhabitants on the city’s rooftop. All the photos are non-staged and I had to wait for the very right moment in order to capture them and show the vernacular culture of people living in such an extremely urbanised environment.
This series began with a stroke of luck. It was one morning in 2014 when I found myself on a rooftop while scouting for another photo project. The sky was very clear that day, and the rising sun illuminated the city little by little, opening small pockets of light through the buildings. At that moment, a patch of rooftop nearby was suddenly bathed in light, and something on it moved. Looking more intently, I realised it was someone mending an aerial, as though spotlighted by the sun. I quickly snapped the scene, entranced by the magic of the moment.
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‘Life in Pink and Grey’, two little girls are playing with skipping rope on the rooftop.
‘Bonsai Master’, a man is watering bonsai trees on the rooftop of his building.
‘Collecting Laundry’, a lady starts is collecting the laundry that has dried up during the long sunny day.
‘Morning Fix’, a man is fixing up the rooftop’s antenna at dawn.
‘Concrete Canyon’, a lady is collecting her laundry at sunset above the bustle of the street.
‘Pushing Up’, a man is doing some physical exercise on the rooftop.
‘Sky Walking’, after checking on an antenna, a man is walking slowly on the roof at sunset.
‘Sun-dried’, a lady is checking on the meat drying on the rooftop.
‘Bamboo Weavers’, workers are setting up the bamboo scaffolding that will be used for the building’s facade restoration.
‘Carjacking’, a daddy and his son are playing on a rooftop with a red toy car.