Originally published to accompany the 19th issue of Purple Fashion, I Was Naked Here documents the making of Ryan McGinley's signature hedonistic photography during his summer cross-country road trips with his friends and street-cast models.
Although they resonate with photographs by Nan Goldin and the films of Larry Clark and Gus Van Sant, McGinley’s works eschew the tragedy and impending doom his predecessors often conveyed in their depictions of marginalized subcultures. Instead, his photos suggest a glee and freedom in keeping with the quintessential notion of youth testing the boundaries of life. Willing collaborators, Mcginley's subjects are performing for the camera and exploring themselves with an acute self-awareness that is decidedly contemporary. They are savvy about visual culture, acutely aware of how identity can be not only communicated but also created.