life.love.beauty | Keegan Allen

Publisher: St. Martin
Published: 03/02/2015
Genre: Non-Fiction. Photography.
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis (Goodreads)
Organized into three broad groups-life, love, and beauty-the book ranges over the public and private side of Keegan Allen and his world. A child of Hollywood, whose father was also an actor and his mother a painter, Keegan roams freely through that realm, photographing his fellow actors on set, behind the scenes; and recording the amazed, gleeful, sometimes weeping fans that flock to his television and career related events.

Allen also has an eye for the anonymous and the unexpected: the woman gazing dreamily from the balcony of a run-down hotel; the rifle-toting dog walker who seems to have emerged from the 19th century; the performers and denizens of Venice Beach and also the streets of New York, some of them chasing the dream of fame, others having long-since abandoned it; the little boy amid in the crowd in an enormous airport; portraits of lovers kissing on subways, in parks, and on the streets. Traveling from California to New York to Paris and back, as well as through the American west, he finds beauty in both urban and rural places: from large-scale landscapes to glimpses of light transforming what it touches.

Keegan’s poems, stories, captions and musings, song lyrics, and journal pages complement the photographs on this journey. He provides an account of growing up just off the Sunset Strip, coming into his own as an actor/artist, dealing with public recognition while maintaining a very private life, falling in and out of love, and acknowledging the influence of his family, friends, fans, and loved ones.

life.love.beauty is an unusually intimate and revealing book: a delight for anyone who values photography, and a gift for the many fans who already follow Keegan’s career.
Keegan’s real passion comes through in both his photographs and candid story telling in this unique photo-journal.

Review
life.love.beauty isn’t supposed to be read as you would normally read a book. life.love.beauty is a wonderful insight into Allen’s hobbies and how he grew up. If you appreciate the beauty of photography, and the takers thoughts and emotions behind them, then you will enjoy working your way through the photographic journey that Allen goes on through life.love.beauty.

I had goosebumps. I had shivers. I had tears in my eyes and a smile upon my face. Allen takes such astoundingly beautiful photographs, and the way that they are presented within life.love.beauty shows that Allen has obvious talent.

Overall, I loved reading life.love.beauty and the insight that both the photographs, journal entries and poems provided into the life of a well-known actor.

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