So Joey Lawrence has been burning up my photography feeds lately. He’s fresh off a photojournalism trip to India. He’s shooting album and magazine covers from coast to coast, often with some slickly improvised light setups. He has agents in New York and London. He’s seventeen years old.
In an interview with Strobist, he gives the School 2.0 crowd a quote to hang their hats on:
Strobist: All over the world, digital cameras and cheap computers are opening up the process to millions of young, hyper-creative photogs. If you could talk to a roomful of a thousand 14-year-old shooters who want to reach a high level of shooting, what would you tell them?
JoeyL: I get e-mails from a lot of people even younger than me and it’s always nice to see that because I used to do the same thing to cool photographers I found. My best advice would be to use the internet as a tool and post as much stuff as possible for feedback. But don’t become discouraged — try to develop something fresh and new. I have tons of really really old horrible pictures that are still around the internet but it’s important to start somewhere, it doesn’t bother me.
Seventeen years old. Christian Long usually brings you these wunderkinds, but he’s out of the office right now so you’ve got me.