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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.

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                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 January 17, 2019

                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                Listen carefully:

                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                1. Pray Daily

                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                3. Smile Often

                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                8. Go Exercise

                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                The Bottom Line

                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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