There are so many creative people in the world today—so so many! And while creativity is subjective, there’s an undeniable factor that grants us the ability to almost-inherently know when we’re on to something unique; something that stands out above the rest. With reviewing images on the daily, from Skate Flicks to Lookbooks to portraiture, we’ve see a lot of styles and approaches, many of which we’ve featured on the site. Having recently come across photographer Eric Chakeen’s work, we had to stop for a long minute to truly appreciate what we were looking at.

Not limited to just Vince Staples, Princess Nokia, YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Tommy Genesis, Vic Mensa and Pusha T to name a few, Chakeen also captures the likes of artists, actors, models and the like.

Predominantly portraits, Chakeen’s images resonated with us because of its unique aesthetic that somehow casts a softer, more approachable light on to the faces of some of this generation’s most hard-hitting and thuggish rappers. Not limited to just Vince Staples, Princess Nokia, YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Tommy Genesis, Vic Mensa and Pusha T to name a few, Chakeen also captures the likes of artists, actors, models and the like, all under the same soft toned veil that appears synonymous to the photographer. And if that wasn’t credentials enough, the Del Mar, California-born, New York-based photographer has some pretty formidable clients under his belt: Supreme, i-D Magazine, New York Times, Fader, Teen Vogue and more. And then you add in the fact that prior to moving off to make a name for himself, Chakeen studied under the tutelage of the one and only Terry Richardson, and you’ve got yourself a perfect candidate for someone to keep your eye on.

With all that said, it wouldn’t be fair to just highlight the man’s portrait work—as amazing as they are—as the photographer has also put together several projects that focus on alternative and interesting sub-cultural topics. Take his recently published photo book project on the fading horse-racing culture of his home town of Del Mar, dubbed And Away They Go for example. You’ll be doing yourself a favor to check out the archive of Eric Chakeen’s work, which you can do here. And here’s to looking out for more from the creative in the future.