Krystalán Chryssomallis makes you wonder how much better the world would be if people had even half of the love she has for life, people, the world we live in and a passion for making it a better place. Genuine, grateful, talented, she has a vision that is helping change the lives of children.
Few of us get to see half the destinations she has been to, even fewer get a formal introduction to the world by Oprah Winfrey, which Krystalán experienced as part of a 2014 interview with her father, world-famous Greek musician Yanni. She lights up friends and fans alike with her infectious megawatt smile and joyous energy that serves as a beacon of hope for many. As effortless in front of the lens, as she is behind it when capturing breathtaking moments worldwide, people have come to love her photography and ability to put life into perspective.
“My camera has really been a passport into the lives, people, places, and cultures that I’ve had the opportunity to visit,” she says.
“I was trying to find a way to combine my love of photography and passion for children’s education and have focused on projects involved in children’s educational programming in under-served communities in the United States, the favelas in Brazil, locations throughout Mexico, and many other countries.”
Recognizing the important role they play in trying to solve the issues of limited access to education for children in over 190 countries worldwide, Krystalán has partnered with UNICEF.
“UNICEF runs a program called School in a Box, which is a kit delivered to teachers all around the world to help them be able to start up a classroom anywhere they are at,” she says. The kit contains everything from pens and scissors, maps, a clock to teach kids how to tell the time and paints. The back of the box also doubles as a chalkboard.
Krystalán’s desire to get involved has resulted in releasing a collection of the photos that she has taken around the world. The sale of every print will go back to purchasing one of these boxes that will be delivered to kids in need, meaning at least 40 kids will be provided with the educational supplies to create a classroom in any environment and have the chance to realise their full potential.
Aside from being able to purchase the prints online, Krystalán is hosting her first photography exhibition, No Borders, No Boundaries, this Saturday 1 February at the Silvana Gallery in Glendale, California. It will offer an insider look and celebration of the human connection that exists around the world showing images captured by Krystalán throughout her 15 years touring the world working on music tours with her father. There will be live music by Benny Brydern Trio and a few extra surprises in store. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will go to UNICEF.
From the striking hot air balloon soaring over Al-Ula in Saudi Arabia, one of the first photographs in the world to capture the region, to the fireworks over the Giza Pyramids in Egypt at Yanni’s concert, her photos are true works of art which stay in your mind equal parts aesthetic pleasure, equal parts food for thought long after you've been able to look away.
Although she credits her father with gifting her with a love of photography and her first camera, there is a genius in her photography that could only be described as innate. “I have always been fascinated by photography. The storytelling power of a photograph and how it can freeze a moment in time, capture the energy and essence of significant experience and transport the viewer to feel it with you is incredible to me,” she says.
“Photographs connect us. Similar to music they can inspire emotions of joy, sympathy, sadness, fear, comfort or any other emotions. They relate to people all around the world without the use of language and can be used as a positive agent to show just how connected we really are.”
Krystalán's hope is that a piece of joy and positivity from these images is brought into people's homes and provides children a chance to education and a healthy life.
“Photography has changed my life. Now, I hope to use it to change the lives of others.”
No Borders, No Boundaries (Free entry)
Saturday 1 February 2020
6pm - 10pm
1731 West Glenoaks Boulevard #200