DAYS & PLACES
THE PLACES WE’VE BEEN
Nostalgia and Abandonment; The Universal Experience.VAST
ML: Where in China and Mongolia are these photos taken?
CH: The locations are spread right across China and Mongolia. From Buddha Park in Zaisun, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Northwest China’s Gansu Province, the Spring Temple Buddha located in Lushan County which is one of the tallest statues in the World.
Ice Valley, Binggou Scenic Area, which covers an area of 300 kilometres and has an elevation that ranges from 1,500 to 2,500 metres above sea level and the Guan Yu Statue, Yuncheng, China. It was quite an expansive trip in terms of documenting the sites and one which is ongoing.
ML: What is your relation to these countries?
CH: I’m interested in fabricated memory, national identity, Chinese in particular in this project because it has such a rich heritage, but that is very much from an outsiders point of view. I have no personal relation to China or Mo...
NM: I’ve read that you're a fashion photographer and a graphic designer. When did you start urban photography and why?
MM: I started urban photography from 2013/2014 in the USA. I had wanted to make a long journey to refocus, to rediscover me. I already had a strong interest in street photography. This is a style that I felt was true and pure photography. Juggle between the spontaneous and rapidity moment, to capture the right moment, the good light by only walking, this is an instinctive work that matches with me very well. Conversely, fashion photography leaves little room to the improbable, it's very directed.
NM: What inspired you to take photo’s at night? Photographers usually avoid this time due to poor lighting.
MM: During my trip to the USA several months ago, I became very interested in Bright Design through the works of James Turrell, James Clar and Carlo Bern...
Zhang KeChun Yellow River.EERIE
Without the Yellow River, China would not be who it is today. Stretching almost 5500 km, the river has been a source of life and death for China’s population. As a little boy, Chengdu-based photographer Zhang Kechun heard tall tales of the river, and wanted to photograph it in its truest form.
He took to the road, and travelled along the river on a fold-up bicycle, following the river from the cherry blossoms of Shandong, East China, to the lush mountains of Quinghai. The 1400 km journey took him three years, but he wasn’t in a hurry. He would travel a month at a time, following the river and capturing the life that surrounds it.
The result of his three year pilgrimage is a true, stark look at what life looks like beside eroding coastlines of the world’s sixth largest river. At first, he set off to capture blissful scenes of the river, but he couldn’t ignore the realities that his photos...
and When. The earth we live in is full of visual treasures too magnificent to describe. Often we need a photograph to allow an beautiful landscape to meet our lines of vision - wherever we are. Sometimes it's a the other end of the world, sometimes just a few miles away.
Country Fictions .
Photography by Juan Aballe, Interview by Natalie Malheiro.
The Search For Simplicity Juan Aballe.