For those of us who are still in tune with our inner child, Mexican photographer Felix Hernandez Rodriguez wants to bring you into his world. His photography—what he calls Dreamphography—emphasizes the fantastical and complex beauty of a distinct moment, which he weaves together to create imaginative worlds. “This is what I believe in,” he writes. “Dreams, thoughts, and ideas are a passport to a wonderful world of creation.”
His gallery called Troopers is “a tribute to the amazing design of the Stormtrooper character” that instills greater depth and personality into these icons. In one of his most striking photos, three Troopers stand in a blustery storm with one on the far side firing his blaster. The scene, however, is far from war-like—it’s not the raw, heart-pounding battle that we are used to seeing the Troopers engage in. Instead, this image depicts a gray and dark, yet also light and intimate, moment.
It makes you wonder: Can a Stormtrooper have playful and complex emotions? This nearly contradicts what it is to be a Stormtrooper—an almost automaton-like human cloned for a specific and brutal purpose. Yet all of Hernandez’s photos emphasize layered feelings and experiences. His photos are filled with carefully-tailored images of dream-like perfection, fading blue skies, and snow-filled worlds touched by the moon. These landscapes transport you to an alternate fantasy world where Stormtroopers explore and even play.
All images via Felix Hernandez Rodriguez.