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Wild Concrete is a series about resilience of nature in an urban environment.
No matter how clever we are at dominating our environment with concrete structures, nature somehow finds its way to fight back. This reminds us that our concrete jungle eventually would have to give in to the force of nature if we’d let go, as captured by Romain’s images of sprouting flowers and maturing trees on unlikely places.
Focusing solely on the phenomena of trees sprouting from residential buildings in the busy districts of Hong Kong, Wild Concrete compares the living conditions between plants and humans both growing in a harsh surroundings. In this series the trees share the same exceptional qualities as their human counterparts: perseverance, diligence, and independence.
In pursuit of a small patch of blue sky in the vertical city of Hong Kong, Romain looked up to the skyscrapers and developed the Vertical Horizon series. Returning with Wild Concrete, Romain has continued with his flânerie through the same concrete jungle. Exploring his fascination with the humble yet indomitable presence of nature in the harsh urban environment.
About the photographer
Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze is a French graphic artist with a Masters in multimedia and art from East Paris University. His interest in photography began during his period of working in Los Angeles and Tokyo, and subsequently blossomed into a passion after his arrival in Hong Kong. Stunned by its architectural ‘race in the sky’, he felt the need to use his camera to share his feelings about the city. The geometry of the urban environment and the vivid lives it shelters are the aspects of Hong Kong that inspire him most.