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These 20 Talented Young Photographers Will Inspire You

These 20 Talented Young Photographers Will Inspire You

Flickr has launched the first edition of their new photographer showcase project titled “20 Under 20,” a series dedicated to showcasing up-and-coming photographers on Flickr who are 20 years old or younger. Young and talented photographers from around the world are nominated by Flickr users and the top 20 are selected by a panel of judges to have their work featured on the site. Many of the winning nominees have already launched careers as freelance or artistic photographers, showing that age is no obstacle for true talent.

Check out the amazing work from these gifted young photographers below.

Evan Atwood

Evan Atwood’s work centers on conveying emotions through artistic self-portraits that play with light, shadow, and nature. Each photo captures a moment in time that draws you in with expertly-crafted focusing and blurring.

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    Rachel Baran

    Fine art photographer Rachel Baran, another self-portrait enthusiast, has quickly gained recognition for her creative conceptual work. Despite having no formal training in photography, Baran’s natural eye for composition has earned her significant appreciation in the art photography world.

    Olivia Bee

    Olivia Bee is a Portland-born photographer based in New York who has done portraits and other photographic work for a number of big-name clients including The New York Times Magazine, Converse, Nike, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue.com. Her subject matter is often artistic interpretations of everyday life or dreamy memories both real and imagined.

    Alex Benetel

    Australian photographer Alex Benetel has had commissions from names such as Harper’s Bazaar and has showcased her work in Australian galleries. She has taken inspiration from trips abroad as well as her own imagination to create dreamlike scenes in her work.

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    Oliver Charles

    Oliver Charles has been interested in photography since a young age, and has since branched out to explore digital composition in his work. His editing skills allow him to create dark and emotional images in surreal scenery, evoking a troubled dreamlike state.

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      Alex Currie

      Alex Currie is both a photographer and filmmaker, a fact which shows in his ability to capture a story in one photograph. Currie’s work is often meant to make a strong emotional connection with the viewer.

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        Silvia Grav

        Silvia Grav is an artist and photographer who left art school to pursue and improve her photography. Her work is dark and raw, with almost horror-like themes to it at times, and draws on strong emotional elements.

        Zev Hoover

        Zev Hoover sues photography to capture stunning images of expansive space and loneliness. He has had his photography featured in numerous publications and exhibits, and has even had a BBC documentary on his work. He even designs and builds foam-board remote-control airplanes which he attaches cameras to.

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          Katharina Jung

          German-born Katharina Jung is a fine art and portrait photographer with a flair for stark conceptual scenes. Much of her work is inspired by her daydreams and travel.

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            Lissy Laricchia

            Lissy Laricchia enjoys capturing whimsical or childlike images in warm, soft tones. She has had her work featured in numerous magazines and book/album covers, as well as artistic photography exhibits.

            Brian Oldham

            Los Angeles native Brian Oldham is a fine art photographer with a talent for imagining reality-bending surreal scenes in his images. Many of his photographs play with gravity and body parts while maintaining realistic backgrounds that make you look twice at his subjects.

            Laurence Philomene

            Laurence Philomene is has been taking photographs since she was 14 and has since cultivated a soft, almost pastel quality to much of her photographs. She often photographs people or scenes which portray femininity and concepts of gender.

            Greg Ponthus

            Greg Ponthus uses photography to play with lens focus and color, creating beautiful images that draw you in. He takes inspiration from the hazy countryside he grew up in.

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              Berta Vicente Salas

              Berta Vicente is a Spanish photographer and has been taking photos since the age of 14, retaining a fondness for portraiture. She explores portraits with lightly conceptual themes and creative angles.

              Nicholas Scarpinato

              Nicholas Scarpinato is a trained painter and sculptor who is also passionate about photography and film. His artistic eye can be seen clearly in his scene layouts and stylistic choices, creating stunning results.

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                Alex Stoddard

                Drawing on inspiration from his childhood in America’s deep south, Alex Stoddard creates intense, gothic imagery in his photographs. He often draws upon fairy-tales and classic narratives for both his visuals and message.

                David Uzochukwu

                David Uzochukwu is an Austrian-born photographer who has been taking pictures since the age of just 10 years old. His passion for fine art photography as well as self-portraits creates beautifully intimate images.

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                Chrissie White

                Chrissie White is a photographer from Seattle who is always searching for magic in the nature that surrounds us all. Her childhood was spent exploring snow-covered mountains and sailing through the glittering sea, which has greatly influenced her passion for adventure. When she isn’t seeing new places, she likes to dream of faraway worlds where anything is possible.

                wiissa

                Vanessa and Wilson are a photography duo who make up ‘wiissa’, their collaborative photography name. The two shoot exclusively with film and play with both vibrant and soft colors and creative poses in their work.

                Lauren Withrow

                Lauren Withrow grew up in a small Texas town which has inspired her photography since she took up the craft. Her work focuses on using space and experimenting with darker lighting, as well as portraits inspired by small town life.

                Featured photo credit: flipside/Katharina Jung via flic.kr

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                Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                Boundaries are limits

                —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                • When do you feel disrespected?
                • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                • When do you want to be alone?
                • How much space do you need?

                You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                Sample language:

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                • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                Final Thoughts

                Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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