Photographer Ransom Ashley’s Virgins series is inspired by his coming of age in small town Louisiana. There is a sense of naivety that he had while growing up this quite isolated hometown. Simultaneously he had this great sense of exploration, it was inhibited by the insulation of his surroundings. Most of the images in "Virgins" explore identity, teenage-hood, and especially those moments in life where we don't really know what we are doing or how we feel.
Most of the people in this series are the photographer’s close friends, with whom he grew up with, so there's something very sentimental about being able to do a series that involved him photographing his adventures with them. Ashely draws most of his inspiration from films and music.
He works quite instinctively and narratively and is usually primarily inspired by the way a movie or song makes he feel. For "Virgins", Ashley was mainly inspired by a few of Richard Linklater’s films, like Dazed and Confused or Boyhood.
“Linklater's work is so timeless, in my opinion, so I definitely wanted to make "Virgins" hard to place in any specific era, whilst also giving it a certain nostalgic feeling that will hopefully help people connect to their own experiences while growing up.”