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Olivia Grace Bolles, or just Olivia Bee, is one of the “Art Stars” for the Converse/Dazed 2010 Emerging Artists Award. What sets her apart from the bulk of the up-and-comers, though, is her youth. Commending Ryan McGinley as an inspiration, this 15-year-old photographer from Portland, Oregon, shoots diary-style photos of her friends and family.
But don’t expect any less because of her youth; Olivia Bee’s mature photography has already been featured in several magazines including Seventeen, Frankie and American Photo. For Olivia Bee, her work serves as an emotional outlet as well as a documentary of her teen years.
“I’m inspired by the people around me – the interactions between my friends, and the interaction between people and nature,” says Olivia Bee, “but mostly just being a teenager is the greatest creative fuel for me.”