For anyone who follows the work of young, talented photographers who belong to the Flickr community, Rosie Hardy is one name that comes up time and time again. Although only 23 years old, the Manchester, UK-based creative has been at the forefront of the movement of youthful, Flickr photographers who produce highly expressive images that venture into the surreal. With her captivating photos, Hardy has inspired the likes of Alex Stoddard and Phillip Schumacher. Since we last shared her work, the young photographer has enjoyed greater fame and recognition for her skill, even producing photos for big names like Maroon 5 and The 1975.
Looking at Hardy's stunning portfolio, it's not hard to understand her artistic success. Although diverse in their subject matter and composition, all of the images reveal a dreamlike, emotional world rendered in gorgeous tones. Her photos contain a compelling touch of fantasy, whether in the form of angel wings sprouting from the back of a young woman, lightbulbs hanging from the sky, or a courageous man facing off against a fierce lion.
When asked what made her pursue photography, Hardy—who describes herself as an "escape artist"—wrote on her blog, "I leap into these worlds which are in my head, which exist in songs and poetry and art. There's something else out there, there's a freedom which you can't grasp. . . So I take photos."