You Are You: A photobook about gender unique children by lindsay morris

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“It was extremely special,” says McChesney of the specifıc moment in which she and McGinley were young. They came of age just before the proliferation of blogs and social media, with a kind of innocence made obvious only in retrospect. “We had the last gift of being free,” she says, “of knowing, ‘I’m going to go out and have fun and see my friends show their work and play in bands, and it’s just going to be our moment, and it’s not going to be shared.’ ”

When I put this to McGinley a few days later, he agrees, but he’s nostalgic for more than just the intimacy of an unpublicized good time. For a portrait photographer, a subject’s spontaneity and lack of self-consciousness are requisite but increasingly elusive qualities. “People didn’t know their camera faces,” he remembers. “I don’t think I could have done what I did if I was a photographer starting out today.”

He’s careful of not coming across as too sentimental, though. “I really don’t like when people say, ‘New York is boring now. New York isn’t like it used to be.’ I hate that. It’s one of my pet peeves. No, motherfucker, you’re boring! You’re not like you used to be.”