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14-Year-Old Photographer Composes Storybook Self-Portraits

Zev Hoover, a home-schooled teen in the Boston suburb of Natick, Mass., will take you to whimsical storybook lands with his self-portraits.

The 14-year-old photographer appears in his photos as a tiny figure in a magnified surreal world. The images artistically reverse reality, making typically small objects giant, but only in proportion to the shrunken people wandering them. Zev innovates on macro photography by converting his macro shots into landscapes through the miniaturization of people. What makes the photos so dreamy, though, is the sense of content displayed by the subjects despite their insurmountable, supersized surroundings.

Zev credits his 18-year-old sister Nell with helping create the concept for the series that got the Internet buzzing, as well as the individual concepts for the images.

Elaborating on his creative process, Zev told TODAY that he starts with shooting the background scene, with is often a collage of multiple pictures.

“Then I try to match the lighting of that picture and take pictures of people in the right position to be in the pictures, then I shrink them in Photoshop and change the colors so they match the background a little bit better, then I do overall color editing to make them match,” Zev said, nonchalantly adding that the process “takes a long time.”

What do you think of Zev’s photos below? We’re extremely impressed by his artistic maturity and skill at such a young edge.

Photo by Zev Hoover

Photo by Zev Hoover

Photo by Zev Hoover

Photo by Zev Hoover

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