Who can deny the allure of Brooklyn Beckham? The son of Victoria and David Beckham is making his way into the art world, even as a teenager. He now lives in Williamsburg as a photographer and student at Parsons art school in New York (though he has rumored to have dropped out, his dad did deliver him to orientation) and published his first photobook slash memoirs, What I See. Beckham has already shot a Burberry campaign at the tender age of 16 and has since shot for Vogue and helped be a photo assistant to British fashion photog, Nick Knight. Check out his own IG account devoted exclusively to his photography and read some of our favorite quotes below on what he had to say about his photography, even as just a teen.
“I like people from school,” he says, “but there are a few fangirls in the school … Sometimes, I have to be like, ‘I’m going to be with you for like, four years, so chill.’ I mean, it’s gotten better,” he says. “They understand and they respect it, but it’s just at the beginning, it’s such a shock to them, so it’s fine.”
“My dad bought me my first camera when I was 15,” Brooklyn told ET, “a Pentax K1000.” Brooklyn told ET mom Victoria encouraged him to give photography a try. “My mom was like, ‘Do it. If you don’t like it, you can [switch].'”
“I started taking photos about four or five years after picking up the subject at school. My mum encouraged me to try it and then my dad bought me my first camera, which was a Fujifilm. I think the first photo I ever took was a portrait of my parents. After a while, I started sharing my photos with my followers on Instagram and then Penguin Publishing in the U.K. got in contact and asked me if I’d like to do a book. All I could say was ‘oh my god,’ because I never thought I’d be an author. I gathered all of my photos together and then narrowed it down into what I think is a pretty cool book.”
“There are a lot of photographs from family vacations in the book.” (There’s also a lot of selfies).
“The selfies in my book are some I just randomly took when I was younger, when I was like 14 or 15. I think I posted some on Instagram. But I always take a lot of selfies, actually, to be honest.
“There are also some photos in the book of random people, which I kind of do in a different way—sometimes I just approach them and don’t even ask and take their photo so I get a cool reaction, like if they’re mad at me, which is pretty cool. But sometimes I go up to them and ask. Or I do it secretly so they don’t notice me.
“When I go out, I kind of put a hat on and glasses, so I’m kind of just like a photographer going around taking pictures, and people hopefully don’t recognize me. But sometimes they do, and then I’ll do a photo for them, too.”
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