Youthful Ambition

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Youthful Ambition is a series of images by American photographer Christopher Ryan. Some of these portraits are pulled from other series, such as Youth and Urban Decay while others are shot specifically for the series. Youthful Ambition is about kids who excel in a talent such as singing, dancing, fighting, gymnastics, football, basketball, or other sports.


ballerina, new orleans, child athlete

Rylee, age 9. A very talented dancer of multiple styles.

shirtless teen muay thai fighter

Champion Muay Thai fighter in his age group in Nong Khai, Thailand

shirtless indian boys diving from train bridge

Group of Indian boys who perform dive tricks on the Ganges River in Varanassi

female child singer in Bangkok, Thailand

Focus is a child recording artist in Bangkok, Thailand

14 year old shirtless boy doing pushups

14 year old athlete doing some pushups.

thin shirtless boy with nice abs holding a basketball.

No is a 14 year old basketball player in Bangkok.

male teenage dancer wearing open shirt

Ethan is an American ballet, jazz, and contemporary dancer.

12 year old Muay Thai fighter girl in red sports bra in front of graffiti wall.

Tang Tang (age 12 in photo) is one of the top teen girl fighters in Bangkok.

shirtless fifteen year old twin boys stretching

15 year old twin Muay Thai fighters helping each other stretch.

Korn from TV show Wekids Thailand is a 10 year old boy wearing pajamas holding a guitar.

Korn is an award-winning singer, model, actor, and dancer. Shown here at 10 years of age.

Teenage boys taping their hands before a Muay Thai fight

Two teenage Muay Thai fighters (Hart and Tor) taping up before a match.

cute shirtless boy with amazing six pack abs.

15 year old Muay Thai fighter Hart showing off his six pack.

shirtless teenage boy in vintage gym - black and white photo

Burmese teen training at a vintage gym in Bangkok.

shirtless boys watch their mallakhamb teammate posing.

Teen Indian mallakhamb performer in Mumbai.

child and teen mallakhamb performers posing

Children and teen mallakhamb performers in Ahmedabad, India.

shirtless and barefoot teen with soccer ball.

15 year old football (soccer) player in Bogota, Colombia.

Teen boy football (soccer) player

13 year old football (soccer) player.

Shirtless and very handsome teen model and actor in Aruba

Teen actor and model in Aruba.

teenage girl fighter in Puerto Rico

Paulina, 15 year old American boxer in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

cute Thai teen pop singer

Boat, a Thai teen pop singer from Udon Thani, Thailand.

Teen boys oil wrestling in Turkey.

15 year old Turkish boys oil wrestling at top athletic school in Istanbul.

Jenny – a 12 year old Muay Thai fighter

About The Author

Christopher Ryan is an international photographer specializing in conceptual portraits in unique environments, such as abandoned buildings and picturesque landscapes. His work breaks the barriers of race, age, and geographic location, capturing the energy and exuberance of the human form. He was influenced by his unusual upbringing in the American South. He seeks to retain the virtues of Southern Charm while abandoning pre-conceived notions of prejudice.

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