While photography may be as ubiquitous—and subsequently, as competitive—as ever, take comfort in our most recent muse, Alex Stoddard. “I’ve always felt a need to create,” Alex says, “and what I wanted to know, I would force myself to learn.” It’s this will and determination that has led to the dozen-plus publications that credit his name, in addition to two gallery exhibitions in France, and a client list which includes Universal Music Group. Completely self-taught through experimentation and Internet tutorials, Alex’s portfolio not only belies the fact that he’s eighteen-years-old, but more significantly, serves as a living testament to how, “Age aint’ nothin’ but a number.”
Though he may be young, Alex undoubtedly displays a self-awareness beyond his years, noting, “I am not ignorant of the fact that my age is a substantial branding tool.” Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Alex grew up in Georgia and first began taking self-portraits in his wooded backyard two years ago. “I remember taking a photograph of myself, while standing in front of my bedroom window, and seeing something different in it,” Alex recalls. “There was something about the way the light fell and the colors glowed that made it feel like something more than just a snapshot.” From that moment on, Alex knew he’d found his creative outlet. He now gushes about how his favorite aspect of photography is, “having the ability to tell stories and create new worlds with images.”
Characteristically, Alex’s images are inspired by inter-relating nature with the human form such as how, “the branches of trees become arms and fingers, a winding river becomes the delicate curve of a spine.” After graduating from high school this past spring, Alex moved to Orange, California, where he says, “I feel like here I have a much greater chance of making something of myself with my photography and coming together with other creative minds to make even better art.” Ever since completing his “365 project,” which involved taking a self-portrait every day for the entire year of 2011, the public eye of photography fanatics and industry figureheads alike have turned onto Alex’s hauntingly surreal portraiture aesthetic. Ultimately, Alex’s passion for photography is rooted in personal escape, as he states, “I live out adventures in my photos that I never would dream of in my ‘real’ life.”
Original Story Written by Janet Alexander for Resource Magazine
All photos courtesy Alex Stoddard and used with permission.
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