In David Mollering’s project Taco Shops his photographs are about the changing face of southern California. He has chosen to portray the latinos who run Taco Shops that replaced Hamburger Joints, he photographs them with an empathetic view, portraying them as real human beings in a society that overlooks them due to a lot of talk of illegal immigrants.
David’s Photography gives these people recognition. Working in an industry which we pass by so quickly, seldom creating a bond or getting to know these people, David makes these hidden people visible by photographing them. He gives them an elevated status by asking them to take a few seconds to pose. Seeming thrilled by the attention these people willingly give themselves over to David’s camera.
Aside from the Taco Shops project, David photographs the world that presents itself to his camera, with clear and concise accounts of the events that accompany his photographs he captures them with detail. The Photo of the woman at night is an account of something that just happened upon him whilst out filming, an opportunity he seized upon as any good photographer would have. Every image is titled with the subjects name, suggesting a sensitivity to them, these are not strictly chance encounters, David has taken the time to talk to them.
David has been shooting full-time for a year, prior to that he was an illustrator and since 2006, filming documentaries, shorts etc. Regardless of medium, Davids subject matter of interest has always been people, nothing changed, only now he has the added interest of of the “single photo, freezing life for that split second”
Currently David is working on a story about a border town not far from where he lives, exploring the impact the fence has had on the lives of the Mexicans.
If you want to see more of David Mollering’s work you can find that here.