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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