Vertical Horizon, Photo Book of Hong Kong’s Soaring Architecture as Seen From Below [Gallery]

NEW YORK | Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 2:50am EDT

French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze captured the incredible architecture of Hong Kong by pointing his camera straight up.

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Though the world has seen numerous crazy, vertigo-inducing rooftopping and skyscraper photography, French graphic artist Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze‘s “Vertical Horizon” photo series takes the opposite approach to yield a similar awe-inspiring effect.

In the photo book Vertical Horizon, Jacquet-Lagreze captures the soaring architecture of Hong Kong, often by pointing his camera straight up.

In its 160-page photo book the photographer has shown the strange and often symmetrical patterns found in Hong Kong’s rise.

As The Coolist writes, “from the organically-growing residential tenements to the steel-and-glass commercial superstructures, the figurative flora and fauna of urban evolution are this photographer’s muse.”

The French photo artists first touched down in Hong Kong four years ago, and immediately fell in love with the city’s juxtaposition of brand new skyscrapers right next to traditional tong lau buildings.

Jacquet-Lagreze eventually realized that the similar aspect of all of these incredibly beautiful places is the awe they leave you in when you look straight up.

A series of gorgeous architecture shots of staircases and towering highrises, the Vertical Horizon series explores the city in an unusual way.

Jacquet-Lagrèze calls it “a photographic journey between the buildings of a relentlessly growing city.” Whatever it is, it’s pretty cool.

You can see more of Jacquet-Lagrèze’s Hong Kong photography by visiting his website. Or, if you really like this masterpiece, you can purchase his 160-page Vertical Horizon hardcover book — illustrated by 86 beautiful color plates — for 380 Hong Kong Dollars (about $36 US).

Last month another photography art surfaced: the amazing photo series captured striking glow sticks images.

The photos, taken by photographers Sean Lenz and Kristoffer Abildgaard of the multimedia production company From the Lenz, were created “by dropping glow sticks into the water and snapping pictures of the multi-colored objects as they floated down steep drop-offs,” reports The Huffington Post.

“Keeping the shutter open for 30 seconds to seven minutes, the resulting long exposure images show trails of neon lights that look like they belong on another planet,” the publication adds.

By the way, advocates for the environment can relax, as the project made no impact on the ambient, the Cyalume sticks remained sealed throughout the shoot and the buoyant props were collected at the end of the exposure.

Moreover, there’s there is one more incredibe and breathtaking sight: the world’s biggest natural flower garden, Dubai Miracle Garden.

Located in Dubailand near the Arabian Ranches and opened on Valentine’s Day, Dubai Miracle Garden has become a home for over 45 million flowers over a 72,000 sq metre site and, as well as traditional flowerbeds.

The amazing garden features topiary-style displays with blooms fashioned into various forms of hearts, stars, igloos, pyramids and so on.

This tourist attraction predicted to attract one million visitors a year once fully established, was developed by the landscaping company Akar. Floral displays will change each season so that repeat visitors will have a new experience each time.

Visitors, short of breath by the beauty of the world’s largest garden, have dubbed it a little “piece of Eden”, many admitting they discovered the destination by accident.

Kate Holbrooke, a Canadian who has been living in Dubai for nine years, is still exited of what she saw: “Why aren’t they telling people about this? I’ve never seen such a beautiful sight as this.”

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