His photographic works are about memory and childhood imagination. They are also about a China of the past reflecting the artist’s view of disappearing social and cultural practices. The works contain themes that could be based on childhood fantasy and play but are left open to interpretation. The ambiguous nature of Huang Xiaoliang’s work allows for the audience to develop their own imaginative narratives from the photographs through his layering of symbols and the compositional grouping of figures within different settings. The artist adds to this quality by including poetic pieces of text that create further intrigue.