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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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                10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                2. No Motivation

                Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

                5. Upward Comparisons

                Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                6. No Alternative

                This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                7. Stress

                As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

                If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

                8. Sense of Failure

                People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                9. The Need to Be All-New

                People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                10. Force of Habit

                Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                Final Thoughts

                These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                Featured photo credit: NORTHFOLK via unsplash.com

                Reference

                [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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