Thirty-six Views of Lion Rock


Blue Lotus Gallery presents the new project of a photographer based in Hong Kong Romain Jacquet-Lagreze: “36 Views of Lion Rock”. This body of work is brought together in the form of a book, the first publication of the new publisher, Blue Lotus Editions, and is presented in the form of a personal exhibition at the Blue Lotus Gallery.

With this project, Jacquet-Lagrèze captures a rich visual narrative of how Hong Kongers interact with and create their perception of the famous mountain peak. According to Mona Chu (who wrote the foreword to this post): “Lion Rock, an oddly shaped mountain straddling a few districts of Kowloon and the New Territories, is perhaps the biggest myth embraced by the people Hong Kong pragmatist. Like any myth, it’s a fluid body of tales by generations of avid writers. Conversations around Lion Rock continue to evolve as different people seek to redefine it.

Lion Rock became a pop culture icon thanks to the television series “Below the Lion Rock”, produced by public broadcaster RTHK in the 1970s. Each episode would feature daily life on the base, reflecting their circumstances and the social conditions of the time. Although not intended by the producers, the show’s characters and its eponymous theme song have come to symbolize the collective determination to work hard for prosperity, while helping their communities in times of adversity. Over time, many people residing in Hong Kong have come to see Lion Rock as a representation of the collective spirit of the city.

As Jacquet-Lagrèze explains, “Over the years, I have regularly visited my in-laws for birthday dinners and traditional Chinese celebrations. Many of these gatherings take place in Wong Tai Sin where the grandparents live. Each time we exited the MTR station and passed Lung Cheung Road on our way to the banquet restaurant. We couldn’t help but have the imposing sight of the lion crouching on top of the mountain, quietly watching over the city. This sight left such a strong imprint on me and with every experience I kept thinking I should bring my camera and try to capture that feeling.

Under the artist’s lens, the lion has many faces. Rock pierces through the cracks of high-rise buildings, towering over the city as local neighborhoods and markets burst with energy. Other times it is enveloped by a sea of ​​clouds at dusk. These mundane scenes are all that Hong Kongers may have seen or recognized – perhaps on their daily commute or just outside their window.

This book and exhibit is not only an exploration of the many stories Lion Rock embodies, but also serves as a reminder for those who resonate with Hong Kong as home.

About the artist:

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze was born in Paris in 1987 and holds a Master’s degree in Creative Media from the University of Paris Est. In 2009, he moved to Hong Kong, which inspired him to photograph the different aspects of his new hometown.

Stunned by the architectural race to the sky and the three-dimensional character of Hong Kong, where elevators connect so many people and businesses that they earn street names, he publishes his first book with Asia One: “Vertical Horizon” ( p. 2012). The work was a hit on social media and soon after his photographs spread like wildfire across the internet, attracting local and international press attention.

Motivated by international acclaim, he continued to take on new projects exploring Hong Kong’s unique landscape. His latest project, 36 Views of Lion Rock (p. 2022) showcases the unique dynamic between Hong Kong’s iconic mountain, its city and its people.

Romain’s work has received local and international press attention such as National Geographic, Lonely Planet, El Pais, Le Figaro, Hffington Post, The Guardian, Stern, South China Morning Post, Apple Daily, Herald Tribune, and many more. others.

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Thirty-six Views of Lion Rock
September 9 – October 10, 2022
Blue Lotus Gallery
G/F, 28-pound track
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

About the book:
‘Thirty-six views of Lion Rock’ Photos by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze
Preface by Mona Chu
Published by Blue Lotus Editions
ISBN: 978-988-76192-0-8
Language: English and Chinese
Number of pages: 64 pages
Dimensions: L 21 cm x H 26 cm Hard case binding

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