Aaron Mahlon is a photographer with a beautifully unique lens on the human experience. His life has traveled through many different winding passages before dropping him off at his current destination of creativity through photography. He joined the US Navy, and his global travels include 33 countries while practicing communications and working as a shipboard electrician aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. John F. Kennedy where he served four years as a Navy reservist. Later, he ran his own IT company for three decades. He is a father to four beautiful daughters and husband to a supportive wife of 20 years. He started his photographic journey shooting landscape photography in 1975 while traveling the world in the Navy and founded his first portrait studio in 1977 in Little Rock Arkansas.
He is a man who immerses himself in his craft, taking precious care to appreciate the more delicate details in the images he captures. “My goal is to use my camera as a painter uses his brush or a sculptor his chisel: only as a tool to be used to complete evolution of development of my vision through meticulous care and processing techniques.” His compositions speak to him musically and poetically. Photography is like the poetry that Thomas loves, with favorite subjects such as humanity, positive motivation, and self-improvement. These are a few of the same topics that go into consideration for his photographic compositions.
Thomas uses photography as a visual expression to artistically connect to the subject of his photographic inspiration, and in seeing the hidden qualities in the chosen theme of his project, uncovers a more in-depth view into himself. One distinctive attribute appeared in a piece of Thomas's art that won best-in-show at Richland College’s 32nd Fall Student Photography Exhibition Contest in 2011. Initially, Thomas had put aside the photo, not intending to enter it in the contest, but he had a change of heart at the last moment. At this moment, Thomas began to explore and glimpse the abstract fragments of amazing images around him, hidden like diamonds hidden deep within coal waiting to be excavated, cut, polished and presented. In 2012, Thomas went on to receive an Honorable Mention for best of photography in Serbin Communication’s annual publication, Photographer’s Forum.
His photos do more than imitate the same mundane images that exist in the world of snapshot photography; each photograph has a life of its own. With personality, character, and spirit, the soul of the scene emits a silent voice that calls Thomas to its hidden existence. As such, Thomas says wholeheartedly, “I don’t take a photograph, a photograph takes me.” Moments in life are fleeting, they only happen once, but through photography, if given a chance, Thomas can bottle moments and the beauty that each elaborate detail contains. As Thomas captures the soul of his photographs, the complexities of the human experience, and the playful nature of light itself, he creates a real gift for his audience. An image that remains magnificent, living in its specific moment of light and time, entrancing and memorable: a moment to enjoy for a lifetime.
Aaron Mahlon - Digital Imaging / Photographer / Storyteller
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- Richardson, Texas, US
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