Never-Before-Seen Ryan McGinley Photos Bring New Meaning To The Term 'Wanderlust'

The term wanderlust is a relateable one, defined by having a strong longing for or impulse toward wandering. The feeling is found to most set in when we're unable to grasp it most, bogged down and tied to responsibilities that keep us stagnant and still. 

One of the ways we're able to capture that feeling, however, is through art. When it's good and authentic, it can take us from one place mentally and bring us ouside of ourselves. When experiencing the work of photographer Ryan McGinley, one could argue this is the palpable effect made. 

(Photo: Ryan McGinley)

(Photo: Ryan McGinley)

McGinley is celebrated in contemporary photography for having captured much of what it feels like to be an untamed, uninhibited and exploratory youth. Taking his subjects – often times which double as his friends – to wondrous, seemingly otherworldly locations, McGinley unveils in his latest series of never-before-seen works a new meaning of wanderlust and what it feels like to be away from it all. 

The series was curated by New York Times Magazine Photography Director, Kathy Ryan, and has been released in collaboration with WeTransfer alongside an eye-opening interview. Within the conversation, McGinley breaks down the true origin of his influences, down to admitting he's pretty sure he "started traveling out of spite."

Unable to travel in his youth – paired with 7 older siblings and a mother who had a fear of flying  – McGinley exercises his desire to be free and unconfined through his work, offering a healthy dosage of this sentiment for his viewers to grab hold of as well. 

To see the series in its entirety, and learn more about the photographer through his words, head here

(Photo: Ryan McGinley)

(Photo: Ryan McGinley)

(Photo: Ryan McGinley)