R. McGinley had a H. G. Wells’ Dream

I came across Ryan McGinley work again. Even though these pieces showed up a while ago, it still look inspir­ing and worth hav­ing a look at. This time he is mov­ing to the bleak under­ground, which through his lens — rose, blue, orange — becomes fant­ast­ic­ally lyr­ical and peace­ful home of sol­it­ary beings.

Already fourth sum­mer in a row the pho­to­grapher and his mod­els, who became his friends, set out for a three month jour­ney around USA. This sum­mer they kept their tra­di­tion, but instead green fields and sunny even­ings they chose a bit dif­fer­ent “photo studio”.

In this col­lec­tion the pho­to­grapher moves away from his nos­tal­gic, youth-​like crazy pho­to­graphy into land­scape views. In photo-​session “Moonmilk” we can feel the vibra­tion of con­cen­tra­tion, peace and dis­tance. Naked little bod­ies (anti-​bodies) as if acci­dent­ally placed against the scenery of cave become the accent of the pho­to­graphy, cre­at­ing a spe­cific atmo­sphere and inspir­ing the thought.

Although most pic­tures are ded­ic­ated to won­der­ful and colossal scenery of under­ground, human being isn’t invis­ible. It seems that with the help of the con­trast (of color and shape) R. McGinley is try­ing to point out how unique and fra­gile human body is. Although tiny and placed in a deep cave cav­ity human sil­hou­ette pulsates life and energy. Postures of mod­els are vul­ner­able, explor­ing the envir­on­ment, mer­ging with it and liv­ing. Their faces look like those of chil­dren wit­ness­ing the cre­ation of the world: scared but curi­ous. I hope you like it as much as I do.

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Aleksandr Pasevin
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Aleksandr Pasevin is Art Pit’s strategist and designer, responsible for organization’s creative solutions. Aleksandr is also actively interested in new technologies, their connection with creativity and usage in cultural organizations. Aleksandr dislikes long discussions and considerations, and he mostly expresses his opinion quickly about whet... Read further >
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