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Surreal Portraits by 19-Year-Old Fine Art Photographer David Talley

David Talley is a 19-year-old fine art photographer who has attracted a sizable following on Flickr through his dreamlike portraits and self-portraits. He often spends a good deal of time and energy setting up his shots. For the photograph above, Talley and his buddy hauled a huge door nearly a mile to the beach.

Here’s what Talley tells us about his photographs and how they’re created:

My photos are often inspired by the emotions and stories surrounding love, heartache, adventure, and mystery. A majority of my shoots begin with a pre-planned, sketched out concept with exact details concerning location, lighting, wardrobe, props, and models. Once I have an idea in mind, and the time and resources to execute it, I head to the location to shoot.

I spend as little as 5 minutes to as long as 1 or 2 hours setting up for a shot, depending on the complexity. From there, 10-20 minutes are spent shooting the photo itself, and processing when I return home can take anywhere from as little as 2 hours to as long as 3 or 4 days.

You can find more of Talley’s photographs over on his Flickr page and on his website.


Image credits: Photographs by David Talley and used with permission


 
  • Samcornwell

    Nineteen? Dang!

  • http://twitter.com/stoyanov stanimir stoyanov

    Awesome ideas but I find the out-of-focus highlights on the third photo distracting. The first one reminds me of Malick’s The Tree of Life.

  • lidocaineus

    I was going to say, these are quite good for a 19 year old, but I totally agree – the bokeh in that third photo is brutal!

  • http://twitter.com/intensitystudio Antonio Carrasco

    these are brilliant works. more please.

  • brob

    great editing skills.. but some of his shots look extremely familiar

    look up alex stoddard on flickr and you’ll see what I mean

  • Joey W.

    It’s kinda sad that out of all of the great things you could say about these photos (from a nineteen year-old nonetheless), 2 of the first 4 comments would quickly find and point out a flaw… and one as silly as “out-of-focus highlights”!! Really @twitter-16576631:disqus and @lidocaineus:disqus?? I hope your work gets posted for some unsolicited criticism someday. BTW, I checked out your flikr @stanimir; and all I saw were a bunch of unimaginative landscape shots taken at high-noon… the worst time to capture anything outdoors. How does that feel?

  • Guest

    It’s kinda sad that out of all of the great things you could say about these photos, 2 of the first 4 comments would quickly find and point out a flaw… and one as silly as “out-of-focus highlights”!! Really @twitter-16576631:disqus and @lidocaineus:disqus?? I hope your work gets posted for some unsolicited criticism someday. BTW, I checked out your flikr @stanimir; and all I saw were a bunch of unimaginative landscape shots taken at high-noon… the worst time to capture anything outdoors. How does that feel?

  • http://www.facebook.com/riker.warne Warne Riker

    Because their friends….

  • http://www.facebook.com/igor.kennn Igor Ken

    wow

  • Dave

    Because their friends what?

  • http://twitter.com/stoyanov stanimir stoyanov

    I haven’t updated my flickr in like six months but thanks for taking the time to look me up there.

    On topic: I don’t understand how my comment was negative. The photos are awesome, and they reminded me of sequences in Terrence Malick’s film (have you even watched it?).

    I think too many PetaPixel commenters jump to conclusions and/or expect a constant circlejerk of “wow great” “yeah” kind of comments… What happened to people simply commenting on articles/photos?

  • http://twitter.com/intensitystudio Antonio Carrasco

    because you pointed out the technical aspects that were “wrong” while completely ignoring the wonderful creativity

  • http://twitter.com/stoyanov stanimir stoyanov

    >> because you pointed out the technical aspects that were “wrong”

    I’m a programmer by day so technicalities are a part of my job. Also, we’re here to get inspired and read/provide critique, right? Is providing valid criticism considered negative now?

    >> while completely ignoring the wonderful creativity

    Did you by any chance miss the first two words of my original comment–“Awesome ideas?”

  • Infinite Eye

    Inspiring. Incredible. Impressive. …oh and “wow great” & “yeah!” :)

    Thank you for sharing…

  • M Kieffer

    Conceptual work always sparks a controversy so I will not go into anything detailed. I personally would like to see a spread of 2-4 images that tell a story. I think that many of these concepts are trying to tell too much in 1 shot, and I feel the artist wants to get more out. It might also aid in landing an editorial commission. Many props to this young artist, and I hope that this critique is helpful in refining his brand.

  • http://2dhouse.com/ David Dvir

    Pretty impressive, overall. :)

  • SpaceMan

    God I hate it when people don’t finish their sentences. Now I’ll have to be refreshing this screen every 5 mins to find out

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.kantor John Kantor

    Photographer as narcissist. But he has a great future in stock photography.

  • http://twitter.com/erifloq13 Erick

    he meant they are (flies away)

  • will

    I like this blog, but I saw another article on the exact same guy on Fstoppers the day before you posted this. People get a bad name on the blogosphere when then copy other’s ideas, if that is indeed what happened here.

  • http://twitter.com/MarlonEcorrea Marlon Correa

    Amazing what this guy can do at 19. I wish I could back to that age and be as passionate about photography as this kid is. Good job really, and thanks PetaPixel for posting this, it made my morning.

  • Lisa

    What are you talking about? That the featured artist stole someone else’s idea and it was posted by PetaPixel, or that you think PetaPixel is copying Fstoppers idea by posting an article featuring the same artist? I’m a little confused by your statement.

  • lidocaineus

    Uh, I didn’t say they were terrible at all and I actually said they were QUITE GOOD. I said the bokeh was distracting in the second photograph, which in my opinion it is. That’s hardly a “YOUR PHOTOS SUCK OMG!!!!!” comment.

    Also as a writer and a guy who likes to do photo on the side, I’ve been well on the receiving side of some severe criticism; if you post your photos publicly you’re going to get it whether you ask for it or not. And regardless, are you trying to say I can’t like or dislike a TINY aspect of a photo just because I may or may not shoot photos as well as that person? Do you know how ridiculous that is? Grow up.

  • lidocaineus

    What part of his comment did he ignore or disparage the creativity? When did it become necessary to only post glowing comments about something you may find issue with?

  • Max

    Seems a little vain and self obsessed to me… not impressed..

  • PascalineBNZ

    Wow! Your work is georgeous! I’m found of photography and pictures you have taken are the most beautiful i ever seen!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.l.munson Michael L. Munson

    young man you r just crazy good great stuff

  • Yess

    Very good work. It’s awesome what you do. GO AHEAD!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/zizi.h.velocity Hanise Noor Assilla Craven

    I dont care abt technicalities, i care about the finished artistic value of your work. You are astounding.

  • Robert

    This isn’t “Fine art photography”

    This is “Photoshop fine manipulation” blended as a final fake image.