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 is a street photographer based out of Los Angeles