When Petra Collins picked up a camera, she never looked back. This enthralling video from NOWNESS explores the work of the arresting and insightful photographer, who has captured the formative female years like no other. “Toronto-born photographer and curator Petra Collins is synonymous with pastel-hued coming-of-age portraits that give voice to the experience of female adolescence,” the video explains. “In this new film, the influential image-maker reflects on a decade of prolific work, recently brought together for a new book from Rizzoli, Coming of Age, which traces her development as a photographer after first picking up a camera at 15. Responding to a time when female bodies are ubiquitously mediated by social media, the now New York-based photographer has created a visual grammar that is both personal and universal, building a space that celebrates and validates a female perspective.”

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Her work features the awkward, uncomfortable realities of female adolescence, but beneath the soft hues is a sense of empowerment and exploration so few people have been able to capture. At only 25 years old, her dream-like, almost surreal work has already given her a place in the photography world — and she’s just getting started.