Being 14 years old is the time when we are still fully entitled to be careless and unburdened, but 14-year-old Zev from Natick, Massachusetts will make you feel that you could’ve done more at that age. This teenager, now better known by his nickname ‘fiddle oak’, has already become an internet sensation thanks to his ‘Little Folk’ photo series that go way beyond his age in ideas and technique.
Fiddle oak says he’s been into photography since he was 8, and today he works together with his 17-year-old sister Nellie, taking pictures with a camera he calls Betsy. Usually he makes himself miniature in these self-portraits, ending up at a height of the grass or a playing card. This artistic decision stresses the feeling of fragility that we get while in the transition from childhood into life that’s still unknown to us. Zev’s portraits seem to still have something fairytale-like in them, but you can notice hints of questions and confusion that must be going on in boy’s life.
Keep an eye on this young talent, as his work today is not only impressive but also promising. Can you remember yourself at the age of 14?