Adobe Announces Top ‘Rising Stars Of Photography’ List For Year 2017
By Mikelle Leow, 08 Aug 2017
Composite image by DesignTAXI. Adobe logo via Wikimedia Commons, background image via Shutterstock
Inspiration comes in many forms and backgrounds—you can even find it in bright-eyed teenagers who surprisingly possess immense worldly views.
This year, Adobe has scoped the globe to create its first-ever ‘Adobe Rising Stars of Photography’ list, which features creative talent of diverse photography styles.
The company flouts photographers’ follower counts, crediting the up-and-comers solely for their unique talents instead.
“From a 15-year-old wildlife enthusiast, to a Venezuelan photojournalist, we’re proud to present this group of photographers as ones to watch,” Adobe explains.
Take a look at the work of five of the 10 ‘Rising Stars’ below, complete with descriptions by Adobe. Check out the Adobe Lightroom Instagram page, where the company will be uploading the photographers’ work over the next several weeks.
Tarryn Hatchett, 29, South Africa
A post shared by Tarryn Hatchett (@tarrynfrancis) on
Image via tarrynfrancis
“Tarryn started her creative journey by studying acting, but quickly realized she wanted to be more in control of her creative process—from the birth of a concept to its full execution. Always having been an obsessive creative and an avid painter, she eventually came into full-time photography just three years ago through her life-long love for cinema, and consequently visualizes her shoots in a cinematic style.”
“Capturing the essence of a person through portraiture, and exploring ideas of character and identity is what she loves about the craft. Her fashion photography is tender but edgy with a sense of humor. She hopes that her unique photographic voice and style will lead to opportunities for bigger fashion and portraiture shoots.”
Adriana Loureiro Fernandez, 28, Venezuela
From Entrenched. San Cristóbal, 2015. I was honored beyond words to be part of this year's TIME's piece on female photojournalists. Every single one of these women are an inspiration. Being named among them is something I hadn't even dreamed of. I'm forever grateful with @nina_berman who has been an life inspiration and guide, and with Katherine Pomerantz, for making this possible. -I'm wordless-
A post shared by Adriana L. Fernandez (@estascalles) on
Image via estascalles
“In high school, Adriana began exploring documentary photography through a long-term story about graffiti in Caracas, Venezuela. Channeling her passion for storytelling, Adriana has been contributing as a freelancer for different national news outlets over just the last three years. She displays a strong understanding of color, light, and humanity in her photography, especially in her documentary-style work.”
Ben Ruef, 14, United States
I've been posting some of my favorite shots from last year, and this one has got to be my favorite shot that I've ever taken. This is a panorama taken at Mono Lake during the summer. I didn't shoot this on the new moon, but the clarity in the stars was still rather good. I actually prefer shooting the Milky Way with a little bit of moonlight because the horizon often receives that beautiful orange glow. I didn't take much time to plan this shot out, but the composition turned out quite well in my opinion. The noise wasn't too bad, and resolution was improved by the stitching of three images. I took about 3 hours to process this image in post, but I'm super stoked on how it turned out. 3 x 24mm | 15 sec | F/2 | ISO 8000 Edited in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. You can buy this as a stock image from my 500px at: 500px.com/BenRuefMedia #MilkyWay #MonoLake #Astrophotography #SonyAlpha #NightSky #Landscape
A post shared by Ben Ruef (@benruef) on
Image via benruef
“When 14-year-old Ben isn’t surfing, he can be spotted with a camera in hand. Though he began by snapping skateboarding shots of his friends, Ben expanded his photographic style as his family traveled to national parks, where he developed a love for shooting wildlife up close. After getting his own camera, he continued to shoot wildlife and landscapes, and developed a particular interest in timelapse videography. Nature photography mesmerizes him because it’s all about being in the right place at the right time in order to get the best shot.”
Iggy Smalls, 25, Norway (Based in Spain)
A post shared by Iggy Smalls (@norsksalami) on
Images via norsksalami
“It runs in the family when it comes to Iggy Smalls and her love for photography. Her father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all hobby photographers, so it came as no surprise when Iggy started taking polaroids at the age of 10. She is the first in her family however to take photography to the next level and pursue it as a career. She enjoys immersing herself in other peoples’ lives through ‘slow news’ photography and she loves collaborating with others on projects most. Currently, she is a freelancer in Barcelona.”
Andrew Nowacki, 19, Canada
Images via andrewnowacki_
“During walks around their cottage, Andrew Nowacki’s father gave him photo challenges to complete from a young age. Drawn to repetition and form, Andrew learned to manipulate shadows and light, creating a visually compelling graphic style. Although his style is ever-changing, his experimentation has led him to create a diverse portfolio with a focused artistic direction.”
“His drive for creativity has also compelled him to take part in creating a local art collective in Montreal that fuses visual art and underground music. Andrew is particularly passionate about this collective because of its ability to bring together local artists from his community.”
Check out five other ‘Adobe Rising Stars’ by reading the Photoshop blog.
[via Adweek and Photoshop blog, images via various sources]
More related news