Eye Candy

Once Upon a Summertime

Everything feels like the end of the world when you’re 15.


  • o-girl August 26th, 2013 3:18 PM

    I was listening to “Too Young to Be in Love” by Hunx + His Punx while I scrolled through this and it was a truly lovely moment, brought together by some my favorite artists. I love your work so much, Olivia!

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  • Ana August 26th, 2013 3:40 PM

    Amazing! Love this so much!

  • Sophie ❤ August 26th, 2013 3:42 PM

    Absolutely beautiful!


  • Electra Heart August 26th, 2013 3:45 PM

    wow these are absolutely amazing. <3 <3 <3 I love your work Olivia.

  • berrykins August 26th, 2013 3:55 PM

    cute as hell

  • Caitlin H. August 26th, 2013 4:11 PM

    ahhh i didn’t want this to end

    • Maggie August 26th, 2013 6:47 PM

      me neither

      • decemberflower August 26th, 2013 9:03 PM

        Oh my god me either, I normally don’t like photo diaries that much but this one really hit home.

  • Peanutpug August 26th, 2013 4:14 PM

    This is such a beautiful collection of photos ! I’m curious though, are these photos from the time you are describing in the narrative or recreations ? xo

    • Anaheed August 26th, 2013 7:44 PM

      They are photos from the time she is describing.

  • kolumbia August 26th, 2013 4:15 PM

    This is AMAZING! Is it a true story? Are the photos of the real events, or were they staged to go with the story? It’s beautiful, beautiful work. 13 is my favorite.

  • amy dee August 26th, 2013 4:29 PM

    i am also 15 and its the summer after ninth grade so i thought this would relate to me but it didnt (ive never had a boyfriend and who knows when the heck i will) but i loved the story and the pictures anyway great work :)

  • lilye August 26th, 2013 4:38 PM

    Olivia, thank you so much for this; your work is beautiful and this made me feel so much better. You’ve just described my summer. I’m 15 and there’s this guy who I really like and he liked me but then he started completely blanking me. That was like two weeks ago and we haven’t spoken since. It makes me feel like shit waiting for his texts and I keep beating myself up about it because it feels like such a pathetic thing to be upset about. I’m dreading seeing him in school next week. It’s been a long and lonely summer. I just want to forget about him but at the same time I really dont. (urgg, I sound like hugh grant in nottinghill – this is what you get when writing to soundtrack music)

  • emlyb August 26th, 2013 4:46 PM

    OH MY GOD WORDS FAIL ME this is beautiful and wonderful etc.!!!!!! I LOVE YOU

  • speakthroughvision August 26th, 2013 4:46 PM

    This is beyond beautiful and magical. I’m going through situation right now which you seemed to narrate almost word by word.

  • catpower44 August 26th, 2013 4:53 PM

    These are all so pretty! I love the light and the hair and the clothes and just everything. My favourites are 14, 15 and 16.


  • Julia Sea August 26th, 2013 5:01 PM

    Love this–beautiful commentary, beautiful photos, and an accurate description of that time in one’s coming of age. Also, a fun throwback to your earlier work.

  • die_mad August 26th, 2013 5:02 PM

    I just feel really connected to this work. Wow is all I can say, amazing job! I’m 16 and you captured my feelings about boys and summer in a perfect way.

  • sweetsweetsweat August 26th, 2013 5:09 PM

    i enjoy this quite a bit ^_^


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  • Naomi Morris August 26th, 2013 5:40 PM

    this is so beautiful

  • galaxia August 26th, 2013 6:02 PM

    omg, loved this.
    i miss being 15.

  • AnaRuiz August 26th, 2013 6:12 PM

    It’s not so much the story or the pictures but the pairing of both that make this so special. I’d bet so many of us have felt that way…


  • Regina August 26th, 2013 6:14 PM

    Damn I fell in love with this girl’s work like senior year of high school and I remember all of these images vividly. It’s so nice to learn more about the stories behind them, thanks for sharing Olivia <3

  • StellaBerlin August 26th, 2013 6:14 PM

    olivia beeeeee <3

  • annakarenina August 26th, 2013 6:49 PM

    Twelve is beautiful. Really special pictures and the words to accompany them are special, too. Really well done. You’ve connected with so many people, I love that.


  • sukisukisuki August 26th, 2013 6:52 PM

    Wow. These photographs are absolutely incredible I especially love number 11, but they are all insanely beautiful.

  • lalara August 26th, 2013 6:52 PM

    This photo set made me nostalgic for my past summer loves and excited for my future ones.

    Absolutely adored this.

  • Ting August 26th, 2013 7:05 PM

    I loved the dreamy photos and the meaningful storyline. I related to it a lot, even thought something like this has never happened to me.
    So cool!

  • flingsgotoofast August 26th, 2013 7:33 PM

    This was so beautifully written and I love the photo diary articles. While I was reading this I was listening to Harry & Bess by Ferraby Lionheart which is a really amazing song that fits this perfectly. loved it xx

  • Imogen_Miss_Tutu August 26th, 2013 8:43 PM

    this was perf! it represents my current summer pretty well

  • nizmocat August 26th, 2013 9:33 PM

    This is fucking beautiful


  • KatGirl August 26th, 2013 10:08 PM

    These are actual photos from that time? SO COOL!

  • TinyWarrior August 26th, 2013 10:36 PM

    This was so so so good.

  • Alex S. August 26th, 2013 11:06 PM

    Olivia I never realized the connection between all of these photos as a series, it’s beautiful for you to explain them.

  • Roz G. August 26th, 2013 11:10 PM

    THIS is why I love Rookie :)

  • Clairebearscare August 26th, 2013 11:37 PM

    I remember looking at these photos like four years ago thinking they were so beautiful. I still think that! It’s wonderful hearing the story behind each one. These are magical.

  • egrigz August 26th, 2013 11:46 PM

    I remember scrolling through these photos on flickr right when they came out. I was 16 and a hopeless romantic, longing for Olivia’s life. I was jealous. Then I started going on adventures and kissing boys in Costa Rican hostels and jumping off waterfalls and driving 6 hours alone to see my friend’s band play then his mom told us we were being too loud in his room at 4am. I took my own photos and developed my own rolls of film and I realized the memories I cherish are crying in the car leaving Phoenicia and walking barefoot at 6am in the Hudson valley. Learning to take risks was the hardest and most rewarding experience of my teenz

    • julietpetal August 27th, 2013 2:59 AM

      This is a really great comment!

  • SweetSarahO August 27th, 2013 12:40 AM

    This was so beautiful, but the kind of beautiful that sneaks up on you and you can’t tell how much it’s hitting you until you realize that you’re tearing up at your computer screen.

  • Yani August 27th, 2013 12:54 AM

    oh, Olivia.
    I had saved your very first photo years ago when they boy I loved making out with had broken up with me. that photo used to remind me exactly what that felt like. now, years later I can’t remember what that feels like. savour deep kisses!

  • Ruby August 27th, 2013 2:23 AM

    This is an incredible photo diary! Love love love picture 9, and the sub title. Perf post xx

  • Zoe August 27th, 2013 3:14 AM

    This is so crazy beautiful

  • moonshine28 August 27th, 2013 3:27 AM

    Wow! This is beautiful, the photos were magical and the storyline is very powerful. More of these! xxx

  • juliette August 27th, 2013 3:51 AM

    I’m 17 and experienced this precisely this year.
    That “sorry I don’t know” text coupled with that picture is just too accurate.
    Thanks for this Olivia, it always helps knowing others have felt the same.

  • AliceS August 27th, 2013 6:18 AM

    This is the most beautiful and melancholic photo diary I’ve ever seen. Because it captures with few words and few pictures that vibe that only summer can have.


  • Joyce August 27th, 2013 8:21 AM

    i just love the photos even without the story. it kind of changes the way i look at the images and i don’t like that

  • fromanotherearth August 27th, 2013 10:48 AM

    This is so stunning and poignant and the photos combined with the text makes it really resonate with me. Shout out to all my fellow 15 year olds out there~

  • neenbean August 27th, 2013 11:30 AM

    Beautiful shots. Don’t worry, there will be soso many better boys even in just the next few years that will treat you better <3


  • VagabondZombie August 27th, 2013 1:51 PM

    Wonderful… just wonderful. The photographs, the captions… the feel… it’s just wonderful. ;__;


  • Saana V August 27th, 2013 2:25 PM

    I wish my summer was like this.

  • Ally_O August 27th, 2013 4:25 PM

    This is one of my favorite eye candies in quite awhile. The pictures are so freaking beautiful and the accompanying words are amazing. Plus, the caption is soo true. THANK YOU OLIVIA!!!

  • Ellie August 27th, 2013 7:40 PM

    I love this. Love relating to those feelings and I feel those feelings.

  • jill August 27th, 2013 7:51 PM

    holy shit this is perfect…last summer I fell in love with this guy and this summer it started to fall apart. I miss being innocent and happy and naive and in love, you know? Falling asleep talking to him on the phone last summer vs. falling asleep crying about him this summer :( I wish I could go back in time and take pictures of the most beautiful times of my life so I could have something tangible to remember what it was like to fall i love for the first time. thank you, olivia, because I have never before seen such an accurate representation of teenage love <3 <3 <3

  • Anya N. August 27th, 2013 8:36 PM

    words can not describe. the pictures are stunning, and when i saw that they were from the time of the story i was completely blown away. im an aspiring photographer myself and i hope that one day my work can be as beautiful as yours and all of the other photographers on rookie. thank you. this is amazing.

  • xopaulxoxx August 28th, 2013 1:26 AM

    my god this is sooo beautiful!!! It made me wish I was 15 again. lol

  • ohclemence August 28th, 2013 3:45 AM

    Ah! This was beautiful and so nostalgic!!

  • Amy Rose August 28th, 2013 10:31 PM

    Wow, Olivia, seriously. You are insanely talented.

  • Janis August 31st, 2013 12:30 AM

    Sooo poetic and beautiful. Love all your works, olivia!

  • just_me September 7th, 2013 3:24 PM

    this is also quite perfect. its like a lana del rey song

  • Lydia Jane September 15th, 2013 6:18 PM

    This is so beautiful. It may or may not have made me cry.