Every now and again, the world is introduced to a talent whose skills can be described by such words as visionary, virtuoso, even prodigy. Eighteen-year-old Alex Stoddard is one of those souls. His journey to become a photographer was one of discovery; ranked third in his recent high school graduating class of 500 students (and disappointed he wasn’t the valedictorian), to call Alex an underachiever might be just shy of an understatement. He thought he was on the fast track toward a life in the professions—lawyer, doctor, business mogul—until he picked up a camera in 2010 and embarked upon the 365 Project, a series of intimate, thought-provoking, surreal self-portraits that has gained him international attention. Recently relocated to Orange, California, with his partner and fellow photographer, Stoddard has been flooded with offers for commissioned work. His images are in galleries in Paris and Melbourne, and he’s already added Universal Republic Records and Dolce & Gabanna’s Swide magazine to his burgeoning list of credits. This is one shutterbug to watch. Follow him on Facebook or on his blog. Via My Modern Met.