New York-based artist Ryan McGinley has been documenting the American landscape through intimate photographs that celebrate the beauty of youth and freedom. His work depicts sublime settings spanning from vast landscapes, where people run in fields of wildflowers, to portraits taken in remote caves or forests at night, where trees become the stage for improvised theater. Often populated by young men and women, his photographs convey the joyfulness and liberty of a generation that is exploring its surroundings, both physically and metaphorically.
For the High Line, McGinley presents Blue Falling, a photograph depicting a person set against a vast blue background. As if floating in a sea or sky, the figure appears to hover effortlessly in the middle of the photograph. Evoking the levity of a body becoming liquid, it is a dreamlike image where gravitational boundaries and coordinates are erased in favor of a limitless, enchanted world.
Photos by Timothy Schenck.