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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#1 "Bamboo Weavers," Workers Are Setting Up The Bamboo Scaffolding That Will Be Used For The Building's Facade Restoration

"Bamboo Weavers," Workers Are Setting Up The Bamboo Scaffolding That Will Be Used For The Building's Facade Restoration

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Matthew A 7 months ago

That is so cool

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#2 "Carjacking," A Daddy And His Son Are Playing On A Rooftop With A Red Toy Car

"Carjacking," A Daddy And His Son Are Playing On A Rooftop With A Red Toy Car

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Jessica Temple 7 months ago

wow, this picture is terrifying.

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#3 "Bonsai Master," A Man Is Watering Bonsai Trees On The Rooftop Of His Building

"Bonsai Master," A Man Is Watering Bonsai Trees On The Rooftop Of His Building

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Rebekah 7 months ago

I find myself wondering about the roof next door, with the blue/white striped blanket/sheet/covering. Why?

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#4 "Concrete Canyon," A Lady Is Collecting Her Laundry At Sunset Above The Bustle Of The Street

"Concrete Canyon," A Lady Is Collecting Her Laundry At Sunset Above The Bustle Of The Street

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ItsYaBoi 7 months ago

Traffic Jam

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#5 "Life In Pink And Grey," Two Little Girls Are Playing With Skipping Rope On The Rooftop

"Life In Pink And Grey," Two Little Girls Are Playing With Skipping Rope On The Rooftop

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

Favorite pass-time when I was a kid and also watching the cars pass by on the street.

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#6 "Young Reporter"

"Young Reporter"

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Kenny Kulbiski 7 months ago

She keeps that up and she'll never make it to old reporter.

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#7 "Pushing Up," A Man Is Doing Some Physical Exercise On The Rooftop

"Pushing Up," A Man Is Doing Some Physical Exercise On The Rooftop

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Rebekah 7 months ago

Love this. I'd frame it. That red door makes it.

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#8 "Morning Fix," A Man Is Fixing Up The Rooftop's Antenna At Dawn

"Morning Fix," A Man Is Fixing Up The Rooftop's Antenna At Dawn

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ItsYaBoi 7 months ago

I Antend that he gets down (Get it intend antenna antend, i'll go now)

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#9 "Collecting Laundry," A Lady Starts Is Collecting The Laundry That Has Dried Up During The Long Sunny Day

"Collecting Laundry," A Lady Starts Is Collecting The Laundry That Has Dried Up During The Long Sunny Day

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Matthew A 7 months ago

*sees karate kid training*

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#10 "Sun-Dried," A Lady Is Checking On The Meat Drying On The Rooftop

"Sun-Dried," A Lady Is Checking On The Meat Drying On The Rooftop

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Brigitta Swart 7 months ago

I thought it was socks :-)

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