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Youth, Freedom, Love and Summertime Photographed in Los Angeles

R-J-Shaughnessy stay cool

‘Stay Cool is a collection of an entire summer’s worth of images. The idea behind it was not simply to document subjects or happenings but to document the essence of an experience, to try and capture the feelings of youth and freedom and love and summertime and Los Angeles. I think often times the trap of documentary photography is in the waiting. We wait for our subject matter to provide for us, I know I fell into that trap in much of my shooting over this past decade. With this work I felt like there was an opportunity for me to transcend beyond a level of waiting into a level of stimulation, a level of participation, in creating the experiences or creating the jumping off point for the experiences and then capturing the magic that unfolds. In that respect this book and what it means to me has a lot less to do with photography and a lot more to do with life – initiate unique experiences and pursue the magic that results.’

R J Shaughnessy is a Los Angeles based editorial and advertising photographer represented by Giant Artists. This work is from his latest series, Stay Cool, shot around Los Angeles.

R-J-Shaughnessy stay cool

R-J-Shaughnessy stay cool

R-J-Shaughnessy stay cool

R-J-Shaughnessy stay cool

R-J-Shaughnessy stay cool

R-J-Shaughnessy stay cool

R-J-Shaughnessy stay cool

R-J-Shaughnessy stay cool

R-J-Shaughnessy stay cool

R-J-Shaughnessy stay cool

R-J-Shaughnessy stay cool

  • CHAR

    Love these summer vibes!! This guys look like theyre having so much fun.

  • Eric

    So awesome! Everyone needs to own this…

  • Ray

    that first skateboarding pic is dope

  • Jayson

    lots of interesting and cool couples. its romantic without being cheesy.