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WHAT I SEE BY BROOKLYN BECKHAM

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WHAT I SEE BY BROOKLYN BECKHAM

Sean Loughran

Aspiring photographer Brooklyn Beckham has released his first photography book called 'WHAT I SEE', a book that gives us a rare peak behind the scenes and into the lives of one of the world's most famous families. 

WHAT I SEE, published by Penguin Random House, showcases a collection of Brooklyn's unique and carefully curated behind the scenes contemporary photos, giving us a glimpse into his globe trotting lifestyle. The book is a reference for young creative minds, inspiring them to follow their passions and dreams. 

It was just last year that 18 year old Brooklyn sat behind the lens to shoot a global advertising campaign for leading British fashion house Burberry and he also shot a photo diary for retail giant Pull & Bear. Despite being criticized back then, Brooklyn didn't let any negative comments stop his creative flow.  

Photo courtesy of Burberry

Photo courtesy of Burberry

His passion for photography isn't new either, it was sparked back when Brooklyn was 14 years old and wasn't doing well in school, his father David bought him a camera, and from there he developed an obsession. 

Photo by Brooklyn Beckham

Photo by Brooklyn Beckham

Over the past week, I've found myself reading many negative reviews written by nasty journalists criticizing, laughing, and slamming Brooklyn for his photographic work, and so I decided I'd side with leading men's magazine GQ who referred to the book as brilliant, and Vogue who also praised the book.

While the journalists continue to tap away negative reviews on their keyboards, they should take a moment to remember that proceeds from the book's accompanying photography exhibition at Christie's are being donated to children affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. So while you're criticizing a young creative, think about how much of an impact he's creating with his images, a lot more than you'll ever do with your words. 

Photo by Brooklyn Beckham

Photo by Brooklyn Beckham

Rewind back to September 2008 when Brooklyn's mother Victoria Beckham launched her fashion line, an ongoing joke within the fashion industry. The thought of a former Spice Girl launching a fashion line, how clichΓ©? Look at VB's fashion line now; it's a fixture of New York Fashion Week, one of the most talked about shows on Twitter, and the line has also won Designer Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. Victoria Beckham has joined the ranks of designers Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen who Co-Founded The Row, and is now one of the most celebrated and successful global fashion brands. It took a long time and a lot of hard work from Victoria to establish herself as a designer and to have the fashion world take her seriously, as she discussed in detail at the Vogue talk I attended in London a few years ago. 

The point of this is that just like any 18 year old boy, Brooklyn Beckham has hopes and aspirations and isn't going to lie back and reap the benefits of being a Beckham. He plans to attend school in New York City later this year to build his photography skills. 

WHAT I SEE consists of more than 300 photos, divided into chapters, which each tell their own story. Follow Brooklyn to Iceland where he snaps photos on a family holiday, then to Coney Island where he hangs out shooting the locals, his storybooks of images are accompanied by everyday snapshots with his family and friends. 

Photo by Brooklyn Beckham

Photo by Brooklyn Beckham

It's the first time that these images have been released to the public and each one is accompanied by an introduction and captions written by Brooklyn. It's authentic and stylish, and a beautiful addition to your coffee table. WHAT I SEE is a glimpse behind the lens and into the life of not only an aspiring, young, and ambitious photographer, but also a look into the private life of the Beckham family. 

WHAT I SEE officially launched on 29th June and Brooklyn has been on an extremely popular book signing tour around the UK since the launch. The book is releasing in the US on August 1st, and can be preordered on Amazon for $18.06.

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