The blue hour in the photographic tradition is that particular moment of the day that concerns the sunset, more in detail, the last moments before the sun disappears completely in the sky. The photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze knows what we are talking about since his photographic project The Blue Moment is dedicated to the blue hour.
The story of the project, as the artist tells us, is very simple:
“One particular day I was shooting the city at sunset, bright light washed out most of the colors, you could feel the heat through the images. I decided to stay a little longer to watch the sun going down and the city lighting up. I witnessed how just for few minutes the city was enveloped in a deep blue haze. The blueness projected itself ferociously onto the buildings that looked colorless just a little while before. I was deeply impressed”.
We live this moment every day, yet we can’t see the magic that surrounds us, that’s why Romain decided to dedicate his project to the beauty of the blue hour that catapults the city of Hong Kong into an almost spiritual dimension.
Through a skillful composition of the image, the artist has accentuated the aesthetic power of the particular light condition, proposing images that blend the natural element with the urban one in an almost surreal and dreamlike way.
The Blue Moment represents the perfect balance between the visual strength of the city and the undeniable power of nature.