Tuesday, October 21, 2014

31 Days of Halloween: The Art of Christopher McKenney

The haunting photography of Christopher McKenney is dark and surreal. I love how his images evoke conflicting reactions of both awe and repulsion. His photos deeply resonate with me, and to me speak of the impermanence of people and of life itself, and how little by little, day by day, it diminishes until there is nothing left.

McKenney told art blog IGNANT that the photos happened when he found himself in the woods with nothing but a sheet, a chair, and a frame in 2012. He started taking photos with the props, then Photoshopped parts of his body out later, creating his self-made ghosts. He explained his art further to IGNANT, "I like taking away identity when photographing and to leave people thinking. I only make the photos I do to express myself and what other people see or think is up to them, as long as I make them feel anything I’m ok with that."

Here are a few of my favorite McKenney photographs, which I think fit perfectly with this year's haunting 31 Days of Halloween theme:

All images belong to Christopher McKenney. To see more, please visit his site.

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