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Lingering Spirits in Christopher McKenney’s Surreal Photography

Christopher McKenney - white figure over opening coffin

Christopher McKenney is a Pennsylvania-based photographer who combines surrealism with horror. We featured his work in 2013, but in the years since he has created a fascinating body of new work. The images featured here center around McKenney’s recurring motifs of facelessness and fragmentation, which together symbolize the universalizing power of death; shrouded figures appear in forests, cemeteries, and dark windows like harbingers of the beyond. McKenney’s tranquil style has a way of expressing beauty in our fears of the unknown.

Christopher McKenney - head wrapped in lace

Christopher McKenney - dark figure over shrouded body on road

Christopher McKenney - horned figure in forest

Christopher McKenney - coffins and white figure

Christopher McKenney - witch in cemetary

Christopher McKenney - white figure in pink field

Christopher McKenney - floating red figure and kneeling man

Christopher McKenney - shrouded figure in window

Christopher McKenney - horned figure in cloak

Christopher McKenney - eerie figure in dress on forest road

Christopher McKenney - figure in barn

Images © Christopher McKenney