I must admit I rarely meet teenagers interested in something other than video games and social networks. But, from time to time, I hear about kids who amaze me. Young photographer Josiah Launstein is one of them. He is only 13 years old, and he’s been into photography since he was five. He grew to become a passionate wildlife photographer, and he even started getting awards for his talent and skill.
CBC Arts presented this young man in a YouTube video, where he got to say a bit about himself and his interest in photography. His dad John is also a photographer, as well as sister Jenaya. Josiah started using his dad’s backup camera when he was only five years old. As he explains, he took it more seriously when he was seven. Josiah says that he enjoys being in the wilderness and spending time with animals, so it seems he put his two passions together. It’s a wonderful thing, really!
Josiah explains that wildlife photography requires a lot of patience and willingness to go out day after day. He adds that you really need to pay attention to what’s going on around you. He especially likes photographing bighorn sheep, and one of his photos of these wonderful animals earned him Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year award. He has been granted this title three times so far. His last awarded photo, Raindrops, is currently on exhibit in Natural History Museum in London.
The young photographer advises all photographers out there to just take photos of what they love, because “it shows in the pictures.” He adds to “always go out and take your camera.”