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To warm us out of our winter blues, we asked Australian photographer Ryan Kenny to share a slice of Sydney summertime. With friends Amelia and Tatyana in tow, Kenny spent the day exploring the city's Northern Beaches, where the trio passed the time eating ice cream, basking in the sun, and cooling off with dips in the ocean.

Photographs by Ryan Kenny

"The day was 85 degrees," says Kenny,  who road-tripped along the North Shore, stopping off at Manly, Avalon and Palm Beach.  "Those are the kind of days when you go for several different swims at different beaches."

For Kenny, Australian summer is all about "savoring every hour of the day: Barbecues, night swims, jumping off waterfalls and eating [national favorite ice pop] Golden Gaytimes." The key ingredient to capturing an idyllic summer's day? "It's all about great personalities," he says. "I need to know that the day will be fun."

Twenty-two-year-old Ryan Kenny is an Adelaide-born, Sydney-based photographer known for capturing a free-spirited sense of adventure, escapism and youth, often inspired by his own dreams. Obsessed with painting and music, he discovered photography through old copies of National Geographic  he found in the recycle bin at school and picked up his father's SLR camera soon after. Kenny's intimate, documentary-style photographs (which have featured in magazines including NYLONi-D and Oyster) take you along for the ride: To the beach, the mountains, the parks and the motel rooms where his subjects come alive. He cites painters Jeffrey Smart and Brett Whiteley and musicians such as Neil Young and the Rolling Stones as major influences, but most of all, life—landscapes, love, friends and weather—is his catalyst. Kenny's work is currently on view at Black Eye Gallery in Sydney as part of the group exhibition Summer.