Introducing the 2022 Adobe Rising Stars of Photography

By definition, photographs are simply images made using a camera, but in practice they are windows into how we see and experience the world. The unique perspectives of others allow us to better understand and appreciate the places we may never go and the communities we may never be a part of. From how photographers orient a photo to the subjects they choose to photograph in the first place, we can learn a lot from the mindset of others.

Today, we’re proud to introduce the #AdobeRisingStars of Photography of 2022, who are more than up to the challenge. Exploring themes ranging from cultural expression to racial identity and natural phenomena, these photographers play a pivotal role in documenting this moment in our history from their own unique perspective. Their images reflect the hope, the taciturn and the in-betweenness of the better world that many are working to build.

We are delighted to warmly welcome our Rising Stars to the Adobe community. Scroll down to learn more about their track record, and keep an eye out on Instagram Lightroom over the coming months for more of their work.

Nadine Bauer — Madeira, Portugal

Nadine Bauer is a German biologist and currently lives in Portugal. In March 2021, she obtained a Master’s degree in biology and decided to leave Germany to pursue her dreams. During her studies and travels over the years, she became fascinated with the ocean and sea life, realizing that the ocean is her place. After leaving Germany, she began her career as a professional diver in Mexico, where she also completed an internship as a scientific dive master, during which she was able to raise awareness of the importance of marine life for our planet. After five months in Mexico, she traveled across the United States for three months before settling in Madeira, where she currently works as a photographer and scuba diving instructor.

But she is not only in love with biology, she also loves art, which plays a big role in her life. As a creative mind in front of and behind the camera, she discovered that she could also explore the ocean through photography. You can find her on Instagram at @cinnadine.

Image taken by Nadine Bauer.

Image credit: Nadine Bauer.

Tommy Bui — Saigon, Vietnam

Tommy Bui is a college graphic design student and freelance photographer based in Saigon, Vietnam. Amazed by art in all its forms, he loves watching movies, listening to music and playing the piano. But photography holds a special place in his heart.

Over the past few years, he has found himself amazed at the way light interacts with its surroundings. He likes that, through photography, a person can tell a completely different story in the same scene, depending on the lighting and the angle.

Bui started photography two years ago using only his iPhone 8 Plus. Since then, he enjoys exploring how everything we see daily can be made more interesting by photographing it. He is particularly fascinated by how a single singular moment captured in image form can produce such a strong feeling, and he aims to emphasize a nostalgic vibe in all of his work. You can find him on Instagram at @tommybui.tb.

Image taken by Tommy Bui.

Photo credit: Tommy Bui.

Julie Chandelier — Christchurch, New Zealand

Julie Chandelier is a conservation and wildlife photography enthusiast based in New Zealand. She champions the ocean and the wider natural world by telling stories about our connection to the incredible natural world we live in.

She has spent the past few years raising awareness through her images, and her passion has led her to contribute to meaningful projects and work with individuals and organizations who strive to improve our environment and the well- to be communities.

Chandelier has also participated in multi-day expeditions, whether documenting whale research in the subantarctic islands, working as a guide in the polar regions, or exploring the most remote regions of Nova Scotia. Zeeland. Its storytelling is at its best when it’s in the elements.

She is an avid ocean lover and in addition to surfing and snorkeling, she spends countless hours sea kayaking with her partner. She has always been fascinated by marine mammals and has had the chance to meet many people on the water. She has always dreamed of becoming a marine biologist and now spends as much time as possible capturing marine life. You can find her on Instagram at @julie_chandelier.

Image taken by Julie Chandelier.

Image credit: Julie Chandelier.

Aaron Crawford — Georgia, USA

Aaron Crawford is an artist and creative director based in Atlanta, Georgia. Crawford is a visual storyteller who documents the often vibrant and fleeting moments that occur in the ever-changing urban environment. He is increasingly drawn to documenting abstractions and mundane details in local cityscapes, and how people can involuntarily interact with them.

When he’s not at home watching scary movies with his wife and two dogs, he can often be found wandering the streets of Atlanta with a camera in hand. He is also the co-founder and creative director of one of the leading brands of officially licensed horror movie clothing, CAVITYCOLORS. You can find him on Instagram at @aaroncavity.

Image taken by Aaron Crawford.

Photo credit: Aaron Crawford.

Javi Garcia — Canary Islands, Spain

Javi Garcia is a Spanish ocean photographer and filmmaker, and he’s been passionate about the wonders we can find in our oceans since he can remember.

He started his photography career as a hobby, while studying to complete his chemistry degree. After working for some time in the industry, his passion for photography and the ocean led him to make a life-changing decision: he quit his job and started his career as a professional photographer. .

In his photography, Garcia always looks for unique perspectives, both in and out of the water. His goal is always to share the beauty of nature with the rest of the world, so that more and more people can realize the importance of taking care of it. You can find him and his work on Instagram at @javigl.

Image taken by Javi Garcia.

Image credit: Javi Garcia.

Davis Gerber – Mexico

Davis Gerber is a travel photographer with a longstanding affinity for western and cowboy culture. He was born and raised in San Diego, California and is a proud surfer. With a flip-flop on one foot and a cowboy boot on the other, he enjoys the best of both worlds living in mainland Mexico.

Chasing waves in the morning and Charreadas (traditional Mexican rodeos) in the afternoon, his work mixes the grit with breathtaking landscapes and more, as well as the authentic culture he finds everywhere.

Gerber’s photography is an inspiring mix of his commercial travel work mixed with everyday moments and snippets of his sporadic personal travels, all of which feature his raw yet romanticized view of the world around him. Find him on Instagram at @davisgerber.

Image taken by Davis Gerber.

Photo credit: Davis Gerber.

Melissa Ifemwe — Vienna, Austria

Melissa Ifemwe is a photographer, recipe creator and tireless explorer of culture and food. Growing up, she was exposed to two cultures, her Nigerian heritage and the Austrian culture of her home. From making apple strudel to cooking traditional Nigerian Jollof rice or maui maui, his culinary palette has been heavily shaped by influence from both sides.

Photography is her way of sharing what she creates, a way of telling stories. Her images are an ode to Nigerian culture and an opportunity to create meaningful stories around cultural foods. You can find her on Instagram at @asweetpointofview.

Image taken by Melissa Ifemwe.

Photo credit: Melissa Ifemwe.

Jada Imani M — Maryland, United States

Jada Imani M is a photographer, filmmaker and creative director from Prince George’s County, Maryland. Born and raised in the DMV area, she uses her personal experiences and influences throughout her work. Colorful, distorted, creative and recognizable are some of the ways people have described his images.

As a black female photographer, she aims to show people not just how she sees the world, but how she wants the world to be. Constantly inspired by her community, she showcases positive visuals of black people in unique spaces where they would not normally be seen. You can find her on Instagram at @jadaimanim.

Image taken by Jada Imani M.

Image credit: Jada Imani M.

Kreshonna Keane—New York, United States

Kreshonna Keane is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker. The Caribbean American visual storyteller began her photographic journey using her work to depict juxtapositions between her subjects and the environment – ​​while addressing social stigma, highlighting black culture and celebrating black life.

As a Bronx native, Keane was honored to be included in the Bronx Museum of The Arts 50th Anniversary Gala Auction. She has exhibited with the Aperture Foundation, the Syracuse University Museum, and in The New Black Vanguard presented by Les Rencontres d’Arles. Keane’s work now focuses on portraying self-love, confidence, inclusivity and body positivity. She continues to push boundaries and start conversations about how the black body is viewed and celebrated. You can find her on Instagram at @visualsbyk.

Image taken by Kreshonna Keane.

Photo credit: Kreshonna Keane.

Ebuka Mordi — Abuja, Nigeria

Ebuka Mordi collaborates with clients on various initiatives in unique settings and is a skilled storyteller. His love for photography is evident in his evocative style, which has captured the attention of many. Whether capturing the spirit of a scene, creating a narrative or shaping an inventive piece, he is always ready to connect with his clients and create something amazing. He lives by the slogan “let the art do the talking” as he hopes to see his photography be a catalyst for human action. His work can be found on Instagram at @ebuka_mordi.

Image taken by Ebuka Mordi.

Image credit: Ebuka Mordi.

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