Surreal Self-Portraits by a 16-Year-Old

Wow, to have this much talent at 16! Duisburg, Germany-based Phillip Schumacher is a young teenager who, for the past two years, has been placing himself and his friends in beautifully magical scenes. Inspired by famous Flickr photographers like Alex Stoddard, Rosie Hardy and Brooke Shaden among others, Schumacher had this to say about them: "I think they are just all incredibly talented and their pictures are so inspiring! People like this make me create more and more pictures because I want to become as good as them! They are basically the artists I would like to become one day."

Schumacher tells us that the most rewarding idea he's had so far is his Cosmic Love series. It not only brought him the most attention, it also became what people associate him with.

Look through this selection of his self-portraits and you'll feel as though you've booked a one way ticket into a strange and surreal dream. What an imagination.

"I don't go in a photo shoot with the motivation to create something magical," he tells us when we ask him how his stories typically unfold. "It just comes with the processing and with my idea. It's probably because my work is really surreal, as well as my editing process."

Not since Alex Stoddard have I been so excited about a rising talent. He's definitely one to watch.

Phillip Schumacher Photography's website, Flickr, Facebook page

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Comment by 1991dy on August 6, 2011 at 5:06am
this is AMAZING, i cant believe how this guy makes these things!
Comment by Amy Wong on July 29, 2011 at 7:51pm
Omg! That's crazy good! And he's only 16? *dies of shame* My favourite's sleeping with the moon pic. Surreal!
Comment by Kênia Lima on July 29, 2011 at 6:12pm
Comment by Tess Peni on July 29, 2011 at 4:56pm
just shows you can be beautiful and talented....and young, and thin....
Comment by sAm on July 29, 2011 at 4:02pm
Beautiful! Incredible talent.
Comment by Ginny Galloway on July 29, 2011 at 2:47pm
LOVE the birds photo.
Comment by Ginny Galloway on July 29, 2011 at 2:38pm
so beautiful and inspiring to see such young talent!
Comment by Alyssa Anda on July 29, 2011 at 11:41am
Love the first photo! :D

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