Spotlight on: Chris Mollon

By Marili Persson - 3 min read

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Our new Spotlight On series aims to shine a light on talented emerging photographers. Today, we get to know semi-surrealistic photographer Chris Mollon.

Chris Mollon is a 27 year old conceptual, semi-surrealistic photographer from Detroit, Michigan. His work is a reflection of his everyday thoughts and struggles with evolving mental health issues, in a way that he forms into an art. Chris describes his photography as something that helps him survive.

The ideas behind many of his concepts exclude faces. Whether it’s a painting, photograph or even a piece of music, Chris believes that the most important thing when it comes to art, is to be able to identify with the piece. Having a face included in a photograph makes it difficult to put yourself into it, he says, because if the face is not yours, you have to get around another element of imagination. His art is something that causes you to draw emotion or provoke thought; if it speaks to you, it’s done its job. Ultimately, what Chris would like people to take away from his work, is to relate it to a feeling they have felt, or are currently feeling in some way.

“We as humans are all wired differently, each with issues we deal with. We all just need to find our different ways to cope. Thankfully, I’ve found my way and that’s through creating photos.”

full length, real people, leisure activity, men, one person
one person, brick, brick wall, wall - building feature, wall
pink color, plant, day, nature, one person
one person, real people, street, transportation, day
one person, indoors, young adult, sitting, gray
indoors, domestic room, burning, flame, illuminated
brick wall, window, architecture, building exterior, built structure
portrait, one person, headshot, real people, looking at camera
plant, nature, one animal, animal wildlife, no people
container, high angle view, day, outdoors, green color
wheel, real people, tire, men, transportation
high angle view, day, no people, nature, land
flower, yellow, sunflower, fragility, real people

This post was created as part of our ongoing Spotlight On series. To see more of Chris Mollon’s beautiful photography, make sure to visit his EyeEm profile or follow along on his Instagram.