I am not a great fan of the forced and stupidly frenzied "New Year's" celebrations. One should be free to party when one feels like it, and not when the masses do so, or feel that they should do so. And over-eating on this or any other occasion is revolting, indecent and quite avoidable. So I have decided to tiptoe into the new year with images that seem to float, paying hommage on the way to the photographic work of Ryan McGinley. I owe my discovery of his work, as with several other things about which I have spoken on this young blog, to one who goes by the name of VonSontag and his considerable serendipitous work at(http://www.ledepassionne.com/)
There is to me a constant wonder as to the reality and durablity of life in McGinley's pictures. They are (mostly) deliberately posed, as he says that this saves him much time. I can believe this! Humans are a part of nature, yet seemingly a transient part, moving through the landscape, living it intensely but never owning it. Yet there is no sign of the current and annoying mania for ecological mawkiness here. Joy of life abounds in many or most of his images.
McGinley's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums on both sides of the Atlantic, but it would seem that it was the Whitney Museum of Modern Art that gave him his first big break by showing his work in 2003. In the same year, he was also named Photographer of the Year by American Photo Magazine.
If you like these images, or are intrigued by them, please take a look at his website: http://ryanmcginley.com/
And, in any case, step carefully into the New Year