High Garden - Hong Kong


Published by Kehrer Verlag

Foreword by Mireille Diestchy

My first impression of Hong Kong was quite disconcerting – a dense city in the nature and a nature in the dense city: a vision far removed from the generally shared image of the city as an overly concentrated megalopolis. I started a photographic series on the subject, intrigued by this very close proximity between the city and its surrounding environment, when the urban meets the tropical forest.

“High Garden”, prefaced by Mireille Diestchy, examines this relationship and the interface between the urban and the nature, focusing on the extremities, the interstices, from the maze of tower blocks to the neighbouring forests. It questions how we coexist with nature in an urban environment and the place of nature in the city.

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Emblematic high-mountain places, crossing points, exchanges points, borders, the great alpine passes are made uncrossable by snow and ice during a long part of the year. This suspended, isolated time, where nothing seems to move, confers a particular atmosphere to these roads, so ran and used the rest of the year.
At the end of spring, temperature growth and snow clearance make possible again the use of those paths through the mountain.
“Passages” is about this short period, three to four weeks depending on the years, between the beginning of snowmelt and the return of people to these places of great passages.


Lieux emblématiques de la montagne, points de passages, d’échanges, ou frontières, les grands cols alpins sont rendus infranchissables par la neige et la glace pendant une longue partie de l’année. Ce temps suspendu et à l’isolement, où plus rien ne semble évoluer, confère une atmosphère particulière à ces routes tant courues et fréquentées le reste de l’année.
A la fin du printemps, la hausse des températures conjuguée au déneigement rouvrent les voies à travers la montagne.
« Passages » s’attache à cette courte période de temps, trois à quatre semaines en fonction des années, entre la fonte des neiges et le retour du public sur ces lieux de grands passages

Everybody knows this is nowhere


Things ahead


La vallée


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