Restless Collective: Back To The U.S.A.

With this post we pick back up with Morrigan McCarthy and Alan Winslow of Restless Collective on their three year journey around the world to document the lives of Millennials.

Restless Collective is a photography and multimedia collective formed by Alan Winslow and Morrigan McCarthy in 2010 as an umbrella for joint projects. Right now, their main project is titled The Geography of Youth. The goal of this project is to promote global connections and understanding within the next generation by documenting through photography what life is like for hundreds of Millennials around the world, and sharing their stories. Morrigan and Alan left in July 2011 from Fairbanks, Alaska, to ride bicycles over 30,000 miles around the world, documenting through photographs, video, audio, and writing, the journey and the lives of twenty-somethings in over 50 countries. Their project and multimedia stories are shared on the website and on the Restless Collective Facebook page

Alan  Winslow studied photography and environmental science at SUNY Buffalo before working at the Maine Media Workshops as a printer and as an instructor. His work has appeared in international magazines such as ELLE China and PDNedu. He has lectured, taught printing and photography around the United States for B&H Photo and Video, and his work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the country as well as overseas. To see more of his work, visit: www.alanwinslow.com and follow him on Instagram at alanwinslow.

Morrigan McCarthy studied documentary photography at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in 2007. That same year she was selected for the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop where she won the outstanding portfolio award. In 2011 she was selected as the Maine State Visual Arts Fellow. Her work has been shown in galleries around the United States and the United Kingdom, and has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, and other publications. To see more of her work, visit: www.morriganmccarthy.com and follow her on Instagram at morriganm.

A lot has happened since we last covered Morrigan and Alan in September as they traveled through England, Wales, and Ireland. They were forced to return to the U.S.A. shortly after to seek medical treatment for Morrigan’s injured leg. After three months of rehabilitation, it became clear that she would not be able to continue cycling. Still determined to finish the project, the couple outfitted a Honda Element with a sleeping platform and storage and headed out to continue documenting the Geography of Youth throughout the U.S.A. They plan to travel to Asia in the fall of this year and to Africa shortly after, before turning the project into a traveling exhibition.

We’ve taken the opportunity to outfit Morrigan and Alan with Leica M-E’s for this portion of their journey, and they’ll be providing us with images for this blog from their travels. This week they’re sharing a few images from their first week of travel down the northeastern United States.

- Leica Internet Team

To keep up with the Restless Collective’s trip around the world with The Geography of Youth, visit their website, Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter for the most up-to-date information.