Archive for the Creativity Category

This is awesome! I want one.

Posted in Creativity with tags , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2012 by Tim McGuire Images

The solutions for a sustainable world are available. We just need to be willing to get off our butts and implement them. That takes effort and leadership. The status quo will not get us there.

My only question is where to park it when you get to work. Find an employer who will accommodate this awesome solution.

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HUMAN NATURE CONNECTIONS – This is “Just Sage”

Posted in Creative Process, Creativity, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2011 by Tim McGuire Images

This 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 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”.

I thought the idea offered a very different  (kind of zany) slant on what most people would envision when reading my initial blog post.  I must admit this included myself. So after meeting Sage, who just happened to be living across the street from me, I decided to go with it and see what we could come up. I think we made some unique and interesting photographs showing one persons unique connection with nature.

We shot these photos on various trails in the Quinault rain forest near Lake Quinault in the southwest part of the Olympic peninsula in Washington state.

Thanks for sharing your nature connection with us, Sage!

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You can also see these on my Behance Network page too. Check it out.

Human Nature Connections – Sonya

Posted in Creative Process, Creativity, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2011 by Tim McGuire Images

Here is the first set of images from my Human Nature Connections project.  This is Sonya.  She connects with nature through hiking. She especially loves hiking the trails of Mt Rainier National Park in Washington State.

These photos were made in one day on Tiger Mountain East of Issaquah, Washington off I90  and the Little Si trail near Northbend, Washington.

Enjoy!

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Human / Nature Connections

Posted in Announcements, Creative Process, Creativity, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2011 by Tim McGuire Images

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

Blurb Books

Posted in Creativity, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2011 by Tim McGuire Images

While I’m not a great book designer yet, I do find the tools and price point to create really nice looking books on Blurb to be a great outlet for my creativity.  I have a new book in process which I hope to finish up in the next two months.  These are the two I have done so far.  Check out some of the other amazing books on Blurb.  It’s cool!

My Portraits Portfolio

By Tim McGuire

…and a small gift book for my father to remember a camping and hiking trip we took in the North Cascades.

Three Days and Nig…
By Dick, Andy, and Ti…

Playing / Figuring out the subconscious

Posted in Creative Process, Creativity, photography with tags , , , , , , , on November 5, 2010 by Tim McGuire Images

I was playing with some images I shot last winter of Urban Trees in downtown Seattle. I sometimes take pictures because I’m attracted to something that I’m not sure what it is I’m attracted to. I call it my subconscious minds eye.

I had passed by and wanted to photograph these trees in front of the old Federal buildings for a while.  So I went out to photograph them one rainy day. Even while I made the pictures I couldn’t figure out what I really liked about the subject and setting. It just seemed kind of boring.

Probably at least six months later I revisited the images and started playing with them trying to make them interesting to me, still wondering why I had lugged my cameras and tripod out in the rain one dreary Seattle day and shot them.  After cropping and playing for a while I eventually added this super contrasty effect to the images brings out what I think attracted my minds eye. Without it the pictures are pretty boring to me but I like them with these high contrast effects which better define the lines of the trees and the buildings. I think it’s just the contrast in styles of line, the “organic” natural shapes on top of the man made, that makes it interesting to me. What do you think?

Inspiration

Posted in Creative Process, Creativity, photography with tags , , , , , on November 5, 2010 by Tim McGuire Images

In the past month or so I have been inspired by Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings at The Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico and by the amazing Picasso Exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.

I grew up in the southwest United States where O’Keefe found much of her inspiration throughout her life. It is the southwestern landscape that first inspired me to become a photographer.  It’s great to be re-inspired and reminded of these places by revisiting these places on a recent  trip to the southwestern US and also getting to see these great artists work.

As for Picasso, having this collection from the Musée National Picasso Paris in Seattle is an incredible opportunity to see some of his work (over 150 pieces) and learn more about the artist and his inspirations.  My wife and I are members at the Seattle Art Museum and have been attending a lecture and a film series on Picasso over the last few weeks.  I’ve been thinking about heading down to the museum some morning and bring along my sketch pad and pencils.  I think it could be a good exercise in looking more intensely at Picasso’s work and perhaps learning a bit.

Here’s a  few photos from the Sandia Mountains, just outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I think O’Keefe might have appreciated the somewhat eerie yet beautiful tree form(s) and the blue of the open shade under a blue sky.  What do you think?

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