Archive for June, 2009

“Destroy your industry before the competition does”

Posted in Business with tags , , , , on June 24, 2009 by Tim McGuire Images

I was intrigued and confused by the last line in Seth Godin’s blog post

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2009/06/learning-from-singer.html

The “destroy your industry before the competition does” seems very appropriate for the photography business today, especially the stock photography segment.  I’d love to read what others might think about this and how it may relate to the photography business.

Should we really destroy our business and pillage it for whatever strategic or financial gains we think we can get before someone else does it?  If this is true how do we get out of this destructive cycle?

Shooting Ivy and Invasive Species Removal

Posted in Creative Process with tags , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2009 by Tim McGuire Images
What's left of the ivy vines clinging to a tree after workers cut the invasive species off the tree.

What's left of ivy vines clinging to a tree after workers cut the invasive species at the base of the tree in order to kill it and save the tree.

Just another one of those many things I’ve passed by  and told myself “you should go check that out sometime”.

On Admiral Way heading up the hill to West Seattle’s Admiral district is a hillside covered with trees being overgrown by ivy.  One day I started noticing that there were people working in the trees getting rid of the invasive and destructive ivy that was overtaking the trees and the hillside.  A few weeks ago I decided I would stop and check out what was going on.  I brought my camera and tripod and these are the results.

You never know where a cool image will come from.  Watch out for the Nettles!!!  They are all over that hillside.

This organization had a banner hanging in the forest so I think they were behind all the work being done to help save the trees.

http://www.greenseattle.org/

I’m also on Facebook

Posted in Blog Blogs with tags , , on June 19, 2009 by Tim McGuire Images

For those of you who like Facebook, I have a Tim McGuire Images page there.

Become a “Fan” and follow my posts there as well.  This is all new to me but I imagine most things will be cross posted between this WordPress blog and Facebook.

Here’s the link:  http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Tim-McGuire-Images/100397861142?ref=ts

Cracks in the Pavement

Posted in Creative Process with tags , , , , , , on June 18, 2009 by Tim McGuire Images

I believe very much in not ignoring your urges to photograph things that attract you, no matter how strange or embarrassing you think it might be. Listening to your subconscious is very important for a photographer to make photographs that are true to your self.

Since college I’ve liked the way the cracks in pavement look after a rain, but before they completely dry out. Depending on if it rains again or the sun comes out and drys them out quickly, the optimal time to make these pictures can be fleeting. I think it’s the added contrast the water gives the cracks and the slight halo of dampness surrounding the cracks as they dry that makes them visually interesting to me.

I decided one day after returning from an early morning walk to go out and make pictures of these cracks. It looked like the conditions were perfect. While I was doing this a woman dropping her children off at school got out of her car and walked up to me. I was standing right in the middle of the street with my tripod and camera aimed straight down at the ground. She asked what I was taking pictures of. Convinced that maybe she would think I was crazy or something I told her I just liked the way the cracks in the pavement looked. It turns out she understood completely. She thought it was cool. I completely expected her to look at me like I was crazy and walk away.

Anyway… here are a few of my “cracks in the pavement” series. I still like them and will probably make more of these pictures. Only two of these have the halo of dampness that I was going for. The last photo in this series is one I made in college over 20 years ago.