Meet The 16 Year Old Photographer With an Artistic Eye Beyond his Years

In this original Summer series we’re packing our bags and catching up with some of our favourite travel photographers from across the web. These creatives each bring a unique angle to the field; explore their work and polish your own holiday pics.

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“Just a boy with a camera” is how the 16 year old Jannik Obenhoff describes himself on his sensationally popular travel photography account. His epic photographs of Europe’s most rugged and majestic landscapes have captured the wandering attention of internet’s biggest wanderlusters, and with perfectly edited shots of crystalline lakes and towering peaks, it’s not hard to see why.

Jannik picked up photography as a hobbyist at the age of 13, snapping shots on an iPod (remember that?) to get his hand in. He’s since graduated to a Canon 5D Mark iii, and the DJI Phantom 3 pro drone. Like a dip in an ice cold lake, Jannik’s invigorating style is both fresh and aesthetically classic.

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We took a conversational trip of our own with him, to find out more about his work.

HE PLUS: As a younger creative, do you think you bring a different angle to travel photography?
Jannik Obenhoff:
I think young people have a quite different view on the world in general, and on nature. So that’s maybe the reason why my travel photography is slightly different.

TP: The number of rugged landscapes here suggest you’re a fearless guy; as a young person, do you train for these trips?
JO:
Not really, I like to get surprised by new locations and landscapes. You always find new experiences and learn from them.

TP: Where have you been travelling to capture these shots?
Jannik Obenhoff:
Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. But I really would like to travel somewhere outside of Europe.

TP: Why the natural focus in your work?
JO:
I live near the mountains, and I really like the challenge of shooting during different conditions in nature. 

TP: Nature’s an important one for you artistically – can art like this help galvanise people to better protect it?
JO:
People with a big community, like me, can help to protect nature by showing their followers that they treat nature correctly.

TP: It seems you’re a traveller at heart – what does life on the open road look like with you?
JO:
Good music, good food and good photos. I think it would be quite fun. If there is someone looking for a road trip buddy, hit me up!

TP: How do you capture the beauty of a place? Any tips you can offer?
JO:
One tip is to work with scale. For example: put a person in the frame somewhere, so that the spectator sees the real scale of the picture.

TP: What does the future hold for you?
JO:
I would like to travel more outside of Europe and explore new areas. But first I have to go to high school to graduate. 

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