Human / Nature Connections

I’m starting work on a new series of images of people connecting with nature and I’m looking for people who want to collaborate and work with me to create and capture these images. I’m looking for interesting and willing subjects.  Professional and aspiring models and talent are welcome. I’d also like to collaborate  with stylists, assistants, production pros, technical rigging / grip pros, and video camera operators. The point is to make a body of work to market to potential clients and through the process build a team of freelancers who could come together on later commissioned commercial shoots.

While I very much appreciate the variety, convenience, and creative energy of the city, nature has always been my “church”, so to speak. The moments in my life when I’ve felt the most “in the moment”,  spiritual, and/or  alive, have always happened while exploring the natural world.  These moments are at the core of who I am: such moments motivate and inspire me as a person and a visual artist.

Imagine this… hiking for a few hours on Kauai’s incredible, steep, and majestic Na Pali coast and then following a winding trail up a lush forested valley where tropical citrus smells fill the air. At the box-canyon end of that valley I relax floating on my back in a large pool of water below a giant gently flowing waterfall.  I look up at the falling water and the towering cliffs covered with green moss and tropical plants, a few puffy clouds float by on a blue sky far overhead. The day is hot and the mist of the waterfall sprays over me. The cool water of the pool supports me. I float and wave my hands under the water to slowly turn myself, still floating. This world spins above me. A perfect moment….

Those moments are why I get outside into the natural world. That is what inspires me and makes me feel alive and connected.  I imagine it is the same for many others.

Here’s another description of a more recent “perfect moment” I had while climbing a multi-pitch free climb in the central Washington Cascade range…

I’m alone on a steep cliff face, grunting and straining to reach that next hand jam to help move myself up the cliff wall. Nothing extraneous enters my mind. It’s just the rock and it’s every feature within my reach and my movement, my breath. I’m connected to my partner a hundred feet below by a thin rope, I can’t see him below the bulge in the rock face. I focus, I pull, I stand, I move up, I place protection, and again, up, again and again… and then suddenly I’m there. There is no more “up”. I’m at the top after a steep hike and several hours of climbing!  The world opens up, my focus widens, and I look around. I take in the amazing views surrounding me, the sun, the breeze, the clouds, the trees, the birds fly by. My body feels tired but strong. I take it all in and I realize my place.

Another perfect moment, a connection with something bigger.

As a photographer and videographer I want to create, capture, and tell the story of those moments, those moments that inspire us to keep on getting out there again and again. Your moments. How do you connect?

What are your perfect moments in nature? What do you do to “get out there”? Where is your favorite place?

I’m looking for people to collaborate with on this project. If you know of someone that might be into this or if YOU are into this, let me know. Let’s talk. Tell others who you think might be interested to contact me.  As I create these stories in images, videos, or multimedia I’ll be posting them here, so stay tuned.

Hikers, runners, climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, surfers, campers, artists, skiers, snowboarders, snowshoe’rs, rowers, jumpers, travelers, canyoneer’rs, explorers, scientists, sailors, boaters, swimmers, paddlers, off road cyclists, walkers, birders, hunters, fishers, divers, yoga people (yogi, yoginis), cavers, are all activities I would consider. And I’m sure I missed a few so don’t be shy.  Any age, any ethnicity, men women, children, alone, or with others.  I’m willing to travel to make these images and I’m dedicated to making them great images that capture and communicate those moments.

Tell me how you connect with the natural environment. Tell me about your perfect moment(s).  Models, actors, talent of all types, real people, hard core outdoor enthusiasts, athletes, hard men, hard women, and those who take a more relaxed approach (not so “hard” men and women)  are all welcome, as long as you have that passion for connecting with the natural world and want to collaborate with me to make some photographs that tell your story.

Tim McGuire

Office 206-438-3175 or Cell 206-390-3301

tim@timmcguireimages.com

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8 Responses to “Human / Nature Connections”

  1. Amaris Larribas Says:

    As a model, I am very interested in working with you.. This sounds like a lovely opportunity.

    • Tim McGuire Images Says:

      Anyone interested please contact me at tim@timmcguireimages.com. let me know what capacity you’re interested in, model, stylist, etc…

      Send links to recent photos if you want to be a subject / model / talent.

  2. I like your ideas behind this project, I am a avid stilt walker (both pegs & bio mechanical) and enjoy cross country stilting. I recently experienced a stilting adventure in Tillamook, Oregon where I stilted in, over, and around natures obstacles along the outer coastline on my bio mechanicals…the experience was very rewarding physically as well as spiritually.
    My current website is under going a complete revision but you can check out some images of me there http://www.sagealicious.info

  3. Being from the NW I am blessed to be surrounded by landscapes of magnificence. One of my most memorable moments was when I was a child. With my sister and father I hiked up MT. Si, this was prior to the Microsoft boom…. and there was barely a town in North Bend. Standing at the peak looking out toward the cascades… sun beaming down in the early afternoon. My sister posted on a boulder for a picture and a sandwich. … I would love to participate in this project as a model…

  4. […] is Sage who responded to my initial “call out” for people to work with on my HUMAN NATURE CONNECTIONS project.  Sage wrote to me, “I am a […]

    • Our length of day together in the rain forests is an experience I shall never forget, and the wonderful images your eye captured within the lens is proof.

      I look forward to seeing how the video transfers our experience as well.

      Best to you Tim in all that you do.

      • Tim McGuire Images Says:

        Thanks Sage. It was a fun and unique time. Thanks for playing along with my vision and for your inspiration and creative input.

        Cheers!

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