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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) – An area teen is taking the photography world by storm with his innovative photography style.

Belleville native Nic Tullis, 18, has sparked a lot of chatter in social media and the photography world with his photos, but they aren't taken with a professional camera – he uses his iPhone.

Tullis first started making waves more than a year ago with his photo "Focus on St. Louis." The photo, which shows the skyline of St. Louis through a mini lens, has been on display at the Sheldon Art Gallery as part of the "City at 250" exhibit that focused on celebrating the city's 250th birthday.

His photos have also been shown in the Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Art Center in Dowell, Md., as well as on USA Today's "Your Take" feature page.

Tullis said in a press release that he hopes to show people that real photography can be done with a simple smartphone.

According to his website, Tullis plans to attend Full Sail University to study smartphone application development and help others learn to take professional photos with a smartphone. Tullis taught himself how to take photos, but the ability runs in his blood as his grandfather was an award-winning photojournalist in Rockford, Ill..

The teen wants to travel the world and take simple scenery shots.

Tullis also has three new photos on display at the Gateway East Artists Guild's "Gateway To Art" Exhibition and Art Sale, which runs through August, at the National Our Lady Of The Snows Shrine. You can also see his work on his website, Nic Tullis Photos.

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