talented young photographers

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“I met him for the first time in art school. He came a little later than the start of term and we were in the same class. He was the only boy amongst all these girls, the poor thing, so he had a hard time. I was attracted to his kindness first of all and his absolutely beautiful looks and in a way his sadness. He was very lonely and he didn’t have a nice time. He had to live with a teacher from the art school and he gave him a very hard time, he had to work all the time and it was terrible for him. So that’s what I liked about him, and he was absolutely brilliant, a very talented young man. The photographs on the beach came about following an invitation from my mother because we both went for a little trip to the Baltic Sea, and because Klaus was my boyfriend then she said, ‘Well let Klaus come along’ and she booked him a single room so he could have some fun there as well.”

- Astrid Kirchherr on her first meeting with Klaus Voormann in Hamburg. Photographs c.1958. © Astrid Kirchherr: A Retrospective - Matthew H. Clough

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Nic is now 17 and in season 4 at sportfotos-online. An amazing athlete! This series is about Nic at his national lifesaving competition. Same location and event as last year. And he can do! Due to his intensive training schedule, competitions and probably also genetic disposition he has an extraordinarily developed upper body with abs and pecs. Watch and enjoy! The the series was taken by a young talented photographer. This year I had organized better lens to get closer to the high quality of my work. But still not yet fully on my level. Lots of upper body shots on beach and in action. Watch the samples! As a fan of this exceptional athlete this series is a must.

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Nic is now 16 and in season 4 at sportfotos-online. An amazing athlete! This series is about Nic at his regional and national lifesaving competitions. And he can do! He became the best single national athlete in his age group. It was very hard to get Nic for a shoot or meet him at competitions. He was very busy at nationwide events and trainings. Due to his intensive training schedule, competitions and probably also genetic disposition he has an extraordinarily developed upper body with abs and pecs. Watch and enjoy! The big part of the series was taken by a young talented photographer under my supervision. Picture quality is good but not that exceptional as usual due to other lenses used. But great shots nontheless. Watch the samples!

The guy you see in this picture,is named Šarūnas,he was bullied because he was homosexual,and that lead him to killing himself last year.Šarūnas was talented young photographer,and this is one of the last pictures he shared with the internet,called “drowning rat”

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Creator Spotlight: Vincent Croce

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Hi, I’m Vincent, a 33 year old father of two, living in the east side of The Netherlands.

What does photography mean to you?

My favorite time of the day would be when most of us are still in bed. I love a forest or countryside landscape all to myself. These moments bring a certain ‘natural high’ and the photos are like souvenirs to relive them at home. A good photo is a photo that detatches an emotion. This is where I aim for in my images. And other then most would assume, they are more likely to be found close to home.

What do you want your audience to take away from your work?

I sincerely enjoy every type of comment. It happened several times when people reacted rather surprised when I told them where the photo was shot. The location was very well known to them, but they never quite looked at it in the way my photo displayed.

Favorite up-and-coming photographer?

Instagram is incredibly loaded with really talented and really young photographers. I get inspired by many. Some of my favorite photographers are currently Konsta Punkka, Felix Inden, Kilian Schoenberger, Daniel Kordan, Albert Dros and Lars van de Goor. But I really could go on for a while.

Do you have any simple tips for photography for a beginner?

Be a weather man. Interesting weather could turn random looking locations into divine images.

Follow Vincent Croce on Instagram, here.

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                                 Jad Hak jadhak.tumblr.com

Every other Wednesday at 12:30PM EST/6:30PM CET, Lux Lit features a young aspiring artist. When photography can be so much more than just photos—for example self-expression, therapy, a voice, raw talent and beauty—we all know how important it can be at times to be acknowledged. With this in mind, Lux Lit, along with you, wants to show its support for our young and talented photographers. 

This week’s featured artists is Jad Hak (jadhak.tumblr.com) and Lux Lit would like to thank him for his collaboration and wonderful work!

Lux Lit Featured Artists Team.

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In the words of Kanye West, “Aint nobody f'in with my clique.”

This is my mothalovin’ team (excluding heytobsphotography due to his unavailability at the moment); a group of young, talented & ambitious photographers & we WILL make it to the top!……….also we dress well

[From Left to Right: yusukeofnasa8 || raatfashion || mchustler]

IG: @dmactherealistphotography

Nadiya Rudenko hunts for books in library. The Smart Lady, UP Magazine, 2013. Photography: Frederico Martins. Styling & Production: Paulo Gomes.

Martins is one of the most talented young Portuguese fashion photographers, having been nominated in 2011 and 2012 as best Portuguese fashion photographer of the year at the “Fashion Awards” by Fashion TV.

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Every other Wednesday at 12:30PM EST/6:30PM CET, Lux Lit features a young aspiring artist. When photography can be so much more than just photos—for example self-expression, therapy, a voice, raw talent and beauty—we all know how important it can be at times to be acknowledged. With this in mind, Lux Lit, along with you, wants to show its support for our young and talented photographers. 

This week’s featured artists is Andrej Čikvari (mallemuck-castle.tumblr.com) and Lux Lit would like to thank him for his collaboration and wonderful work!

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An Extended Dear Young Photographer

Here’s what I know.

You grew up, like most, where you got trophies for participation, medals for winning bullshit things and undying support from your doting parents who just wanted to see you succeed – or be happy – whichever came first. Because even if you weren’t the best, they still wanted you to feel like you were. Gold star for being you, honey.

You graduate college full of promise and hope. Maybe you even have some stuff on your resume to back that up. It’s possible you won some awards and got some recognition as an “emerging,” talented, young photographer under-a-certain-age, like 25 or 30… or maybe some contest gave you an award of excellence or a gold medal or a nice pat on the back. It’s possible an editor recognized your potential and passion and gave you an internship at some big-named paper of your dreams or some awesome little paper in the middle of nowhere known for their picture pages. You may have even been selected as one of the lucky ones for an exclusive workshop in a barn or hand-picked to document some small Kentucky town or even been one of the chosen few to have your portfolio reviewed by some fancy pants NY editors.

Everything is new and fresh and you’re having these amazing experiences, making pictures you’ve never made before, replacing old pictures in your portfolio every other week. And to make it even better, the gold stars from your folks have been replaced with “likes” and “favorites.” Little pings of electronic love that have been shown to have the same effect on your brain that some drugs do, where that reward center in your brain lights up. and gives you a wonderful buzz.

Your rise is meteoric and your growth exponential. 

Then what?

Then you graduate. The steam starts to wear off. Your support network has spread out around the country. Your little pond has gotten bigger and you’ve seemed to shrink. And you do the inevitable. It’s only natural.

You hit a plateau.

We all do.

Sadly that first plateau is often ill-timed and masquerades as a quarter-life crisis. You’ve got a lot of pressure you’re putting on yourself. Society has a funny way of reminding people that there’s this order for things, and at this point your Facebook wall is exploding with friends puppies/houses/engagements/marriages/babies. And you start asking yourself… what have you done with your life?!

Queue the existential crisis.

It usually happens right around the time when you graduate, and you get a first job or your start working for yourself – and you realize you feel static. Your work is stagnant. Your strides aren’t as great. Maybe you’re making pictures for your editors and clients and not for yourself anymore. You fall into this groove of doing what works, and settling for good enough. If you’re freelance, you realize that you’re getting hired to make the same pictures you’ve been making because you’ve been typecast. Or you’re going to the same festivals and parades and the athletes of the day/month/year all look identical and you’re making the same pictures every month, because that’s the subtle monotony of the routine newspapers and newspaper photographers fall into.

There’s no magic pill for getting over it and getting off that plateau, except hard work.

Creativity, perseverance and changing your routine are the best ways I know to get out of that rut. But so is something that seems counterintuitive, like embracing the plateau. If you look at a plateau as a positive, you’ll see it’s nothing more than a chance to refresh your batteries, reset your brain and breathe. If you’re going at 100mph all the time, you’re going to burn out. But I suppose that’s physics, or just common sense.

All those platitudes about this profession being a marathon and not a sprint have some truth to them.

And when you start to realize that settling down doesn’t mean settling, you can relax.

When you understand that you have to feed the beast, but you also have to feed your soul, you’ll start to figure out where that balance is.

And when you finally let go of the fact that a contest win, a gold star and a “like” aren’t going to make or break you, you can (hopefully) exhale. 

After all, it’s just photography.

Realize how cool it is to actually be paid to make pictures for a living. Have fun with it. If it stops being fun and you start dreading it, start asking yourself why you’re doing it.

Early on, you make pictures for your portfolio and for other people (like professors, editors & contest judges). Eventually you’ll hopefully take some solace that you’re making pictures with a much bigger purpose. The images made for yourself and the people in them will resonate most long term. Keeping in mind that at the end of your career, your photos will be looked at collectively as a body of work instead of singles, stories and individual contest wins should help.

If I’ve learned anything so far, it’s this: Success has a lot more to do with character than it does with talent. So does life.

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Every other Wednesday at 12:30PM EST/6:30PM CET, Lux Lit features a young aspiring artist. When photography can be so much more than just photos—for example self-expression, therapy, a voice, raw talent and beauty—we all know how important it can be at times to be acknowledged. With this in mind, Lux Lit, along with you, wants to show its support for our young and talented photographers. 

This week’s featured artists is Sean Yoko, seanyoko.tumblr.com, and the Lux Lit Featured Artists Team would like to thank him for his collaboration and wonderful work. Thanks for starting us off, Sean! 

Lux Lit Featured Artists Team.

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