When you hear the phrase rooftop photography, what usually comes to mind are epic cityscapes captured from dizzying vantages or images of daredevils hanging off of precarious ledges. But for Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, a French photographer based in Hong Kong whose series The Blue Moment we’ve featured before, “rooftopping” means something else entirely.
Shot from a birds-eye perspective, Jacquet-Lagrèze’s latest series, Concrete Stories, is a bracing departure from the cliché aerial photos of Hong Kong. Rather than the city’s architecture, he focuses on the human element. From a man adjusting satellite antennas to girls playing jump rope, each image is a charming glimpse at life on the rooftops of Hong Kong. Alone, each image in the series works as a vignette of quiet moments amid the chaos of the city, while together they form a larger narrative around the adaptive spirit of humans in this fast-changing urban environment.