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John Kayacan


Los Angeles like never before

I often focused my lens on city streets photographing scenes from late 2016-2019. Street photography taught me to tell a story or unravel a character through still images. Photographing Los Angeles over the past 3 years ended up becoming a visual representation of one of the most beautiful cities in the world and its people. By making photographs of the everyday scenes through an alternative approach, I set out to redefine and transform the artform that raised me. What emerged was a cinematic atmosphere of a city, seemingly caught in some moment in time. I wanted to challenge conventional perspectives on street photography as a whole, using bold colors and focused compositions with my hometown of Los Angeles as the backdrop. The main purpose was to create a serene stillness that can preserve time and inspire future artists. This work is about growth and patience, finally finding your voice using both a camera and the environment that has surrounded you your whole life.

I began photography when I was 14 and I’ve been obsessed with the medium ever since. I am a graduate of the California Institute of The Arts. I started this project in my second year there, wanting to define an individual style for my work. This became my first long term, self assigned project.

John Kayacan

John Kayacan is a street photographer based out of Los Angeles


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