Whether it is in tiny Japanese apartments or cheap Asian hostels, the years spent abroad have shaped the work of Belgium-born photographer Denis.
After graduating from an unpretentious art school, he pursued a master in programming, a profession he would end up never doing. His hectic professional career always revolved around photography, but paradoxically prevented him to engage fully with the medium as an artistic outlet.
Things started moving in 2016 when he was commissioned a documentary in Brazil, then held a first proper exhibition the next year on the city he would soon call his: Tokyo. Relocating proved both challenging and inspiring, and after years of shooting in Asia, he now feels like the time has come to commit professionally to his initial passion.
The technical background he comes from and his experience with electronic music left a synthetic mark on his work; one he once fought against, before embracing fully. Surgically ethereal, his style alternates between dreamy and obscure, depicting city life though largely lifeless compositions.
Exploring the scenic streets of Tokyo first, then focusing on the oppressiveness of super-cities, loneliness —poetic or crushing— is at the centre of his photography. Denis' work presents a fittingly contrasted vision of the country he called home.