Many of you may have heard of National Geographic photographer, Aaron Huey. If not, maybe you’ve seen his incredible Instagram page with over 600k followers. A few weeks ago, Huey took over The New Yorker’s photo department Instagram, where instead of posting his own work, he featured his five year old son’s photographs. Yes, you read that correctly. His son, Hawkeye is only five and already has an Instagram following of 136k.
Now let’s rewind to when Hawkeye was only four years old. Huey (the Dad), purchased his son’s first camera in April 2014, after he decided his kids should learn how to take photos other than on an iPhone. Once Hawkeye could tackle an analog camera the father/son duo travelled across Western America, documenting everything along the way. From climbing the Salvation Mountain to exploring the chutes at the Cody Night Rodeo, visiting markets throughout the Navajo Nation, and cruising the Vegas strip, the range of photographic potential seems looming. However, their ability to capture parts of the “Wild West” American landscape from such a unique perspective is admirable.
After returning from their photography exploration, Huey gathered all of Hawkeye’s photos (totaling nearly a thousand images) and is working with Outsider Books and Kickstarter on publishing Hawkeye’s first art book. The book, Cowboys Indians Hobos Gamblers Patriots Tourists & Sunsets is more than just your average photo book – primarily because it is by a five year old kid (#goals). Check out the Kickstarter page for more information, and definitely check out little Hawkeye’s Instagram page.
Still not swayed? Rolling Stone dubbed @hawkeyehuey one of the country’s top 100 Instagramers, and TIME applauded him stating “No doubt, Hawkeye has a bright future in photography ahead of him.” Oh, and Hawkeye has already signed a contract with National Geographic, making him the youngest photographer for the honorable publication. Like father, like son.
All photos courtesy of Hawkeye’s Kickstarter page.