This 6-Year-Old Photographer Will Give You a Major Complex

You will start taking six-year-olds seriously after you meet this young National Geographic photographer

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Meet Hawkeye Huey the youngest National Geographic photographer (Photo: Instagram/@HawkeyeHuey)

How do you imagine a 5-year-old to be? A child unaware of his surroundings, perhaps? A kid you need to keep a constant check on? Well, then you must meet Hawkeye Huey, who might just change the way you look at kids.

#HawkeyeHuey on his first photo trip with @argonautphoto at #SalvationMountain with his Fuji Instax210

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Hawkeye who just turned 6, is already a photographer for the National Geographic. Yes, you heard it right, a job that seasoned photographers would kill for. And not just that, his Instagram account was even featured among the Top 100 by Rolling Stone. Add to that, the 6-year-old will soon have his own photo book titled, A Portrait of the American West, published by the time he graduates from kindergarten.

Hawkeye’s journey started when his father Aaron Huey, a National Geographic photographer himself, took his 4-year-old son into the desert. Aaron gave Hawkeye an analog camera rather than a digital one. A trip that was supposed to be a father and son bonding time, soon became about the 4-year-old’s love for the camera and photography.

What began as a father and son trip into the desert in April of 2014, to make and sleep in blanket forts, turned into an 18 month long adventure in analog photography. The project culminates today with the launch of (now 5 year-old) Hawkeye Huey's (@hawkeyehuey) Kickstarter campaign to make COWBOYS INDIANS HOBOS GAMBLERS PATRIOTS TOURISTS & SUNSETS: (a knee-high Portrait of the American West!!!) Im so damn proud of this kid and I have had an amazing time making these trips with him. Pre-purchase your copy of the book on Kickstarter to join the final leg of this analog adventure! Find the link in my profile header or type into your browser. We are also taking over the @newyorkerphoto stream for the week with tons of new images! #HawkeyeBook #HawkeyeHuey #OutsiderBooks

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By the end of the trip, Hawkeye had taken around 1000 photos. Aaron created an Instagram account and started sharing Hawkeye’s photos with the world. Today, Hawkeye is an Instagram star with more than 192,000 followers. Below are a few photographs taken by the child prodigy.

Sunset tonight on the #NewPortBeachPier, California. Photo by @hawkeyehuey

A photo posted by Hawkeye Huey (@hawkeyehuey) on

Lion at #MGMGrand, #LasVegas. Photo by @hawkeyehuey (4/5/15)

A photo posted by Hawkeye Huey (@hawkeyehuey) on

#Llama at a petting zoo near #ZionNationalPark, Utah. Photo by @hawkeyehuey (4/5/15)

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Statue of cowboy and horse, #Kanab, Utah. Photo by @hawkeyehuey (4/5/15)

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