Feature: Denis Liang
I’m Denis Liang, an architecture student based in Munich from Portugal, and with Chinese origins. I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. Back in the day, I never really paid attention to photography. I never really understood it until one day I find myself in a student dorm in Shanghai and constantly borrowing my roommates' camera every time we went out. My passion for photography has grown from the contact with a foreign culture in Shanghai, but developed further once I found myself in the places I always used to be, although now with a completely different vision.
I don’t make mountains out of molehills. What I shoot is an objective and sober look at my surroundings. My photography is based on instinct mostly. To me, it doesn’t matter what the subject is, as long as it is an interesting shot and fits in a good composition. In a way, it is the celebration of the mundane.
After graduating, I decided to go with some friends on a road trip through Eastern Europe - Albania, being the main dish on the menu. For me, this was a great opportunity to see what a (mostly unknown) country has to offer; beautiful landscapes, decadent displays of wealth, humbling poverty and relatable things that would remind me of other places I had been. It’s the state in which Albania finds itself right now that reminded me of my childhood in Portugal and China, a decade ago or so when I could see the similarities and feel a slower and laid back pace of life.
Yet I was unable to capture everything I wanted. To make such a long trip in such a short amount of time meant we had to constantly move from one point to another. These conditions limited my creative flexibility but at the same time forced me to learn to make the most of what’s given to me. What I want to show in these series isn’t a portrait of Albania, there’s nothing political about it either. It is an impression of my trip, not only through the country of the double-headed eagle, but a trip to places of my childhood from the backseat of a stinking car.