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Olivia Bee

Goddamn young talent again.

At the age of just 15, Olivia Grace Bolles from Portland, Oregon, USA, has shot distinctive documentary pictures of her teenage friends and family for the likes of Converse and Nike, and had her work featured in Seventeen, Frankie and American Photo magazine. Olivia Bee, as she is commonly known, started to take pictures almost accidentally when she was forced to study photography instead of video production, which she had signed up for in sixth grade. It wasn't until the summer before her freshman year that she really fell in love with photography and it was the confusion and chaos of growing up that caused her to start recording what was going on around her. “I realised that I could document my feelings, and things that take place in my life through a camera,” she says. ”The tangibility and the immediacy just appealed to me so much.”

Bee’s pictures are a raw and honest description of her life, showing herself and friends going through the sometimes hazy, uncomfortable and occasionally, almost delirious, experience of teenage life. “I'm inspired by the people around me – the interactions between my friends, and the interaction between people and nature,” she says, adding with a knowing slant, “but mostly just being a teenager is the greatest creative fuel for me”. Citing Ryan McGinley as her main inspiration, Olivia’s photos are like a beautifully shot diary – a way for her to remember this period of time, and how it felt. “I’m really bad with words, so I use pictures,” she says. “Seeing photos of my parents when they were young was pretty inspiring, and it made me have this huge desire to have these really beautiful memories. I make my photographs for me, it’s my diary, truly, and I want these images to document everything that is happening now, because these are memories that I know I don’t want to lose”.


Information from here.

See more at her website and flickr.
























I was so impressed to see her in my Ten magazine!

9 comments:

Away with the fairy's said...

What breathtaking pictures! truly wonderful :)

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Ariadne said...

Lovely photos!Kisses.Missariadne.

Sher said...

Oh, she's so very talented, I remembered seeing her flickr account. simply mesmerizing:)

Miss Woo said...

I 'won' a 'Participation in Poetry Competetion Award' at 15, gah these talented young people D:

And haha funny how you mentioned the Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides as I got out from the library because it look very intruguing. Looking forward to reading it!

soph (owl vs. dove) said...

These are just wonderful. I'm always amazed by what young talent there is out there.

pigtails and blushing cheeks said...

stunning and magical, absolutely love her work :)

anita said...

These are lovely! ^^

Booga said...

Very cool stuff. It helps to be surrounded by such beautiful scenery (I grew up in Oregon, and whenever I go to Portland to visit my brother, I see some breathtaking views). Her talent for lighting and composition is remarkable, nonetheless. This compounds to create amazing photos! Thanks for sharing these.

Annabel said...

wow, thanks for this!