Ventura County, California-based photographer Christopher J. Rivera explores extraordinary worlds of fantasy in his spectacular conceptual photography. Although only 21 years old, Rivera has developed a mature sense of storytelling in his work, often crafting a larger narrative and writing a few lines of prose to accompany each photograph. The result is an impressive portfolio of images as compelling as they are visually stunning.
Rivera's photos are marked by recurring themes like magic, natural elements, and the surreal. A young man battles plumes of ominous darkness with a shining wand in one image, giving a nod to the wizardry of Harry Potter. Another photo features a sorcerer clothed in black, a flock of crows swirling around him. Several shots incorporate mastery of the elements, as figures are consumed by fire, fly through the air, or appear to defy gravity in intriguing contemplations of youth, freedom, and power.