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Paul Octavious

is awesome.

I first discovered Octavious via 20×200. He has a gift for photographing familiar things and places (books, hills, records) in a way that’s unexpected. It makes his work arresting but still accessible. Check out his full portfolio here.

His latest series, Lean With It, captures oddly angled trees paired with people bending parallel to them. Familiar, yet unexpected, right?

The other thing I dig about Octavious is that he picked up his first camera in 2006, at the age of 22. You often hear about photographers who held their grandfather’s camera as a pre-teen and knew *instantly* that this was their destiny. Not every story is so convenient and I love how Octavious stands as a good reminder to be open to new passions…and to lean into them when they appear.

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