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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 March 13, 2019

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                1. Work on the small tasks.

                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                3. Upgrade yourself

                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                4. Talk to a friend.

                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                7. Read a book (or blog).

                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                8. Have a quick nap.

                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                10. Find some competition.

                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                11. Go exercise.

                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                12. Take a good break.

                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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                Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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