Archive for inspirations

An upcoming film about an adventurer from Seattle who circumnavigated the Earth.

Posted in Announcements with tags , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2014 by Tim McGuire Images

Castaway With Purpose – Trailer #1 from Castaway With Purpose on Vimeo.

Trailer and introductory video for the upcoming documentary, “Castaway With Purpose”. For more information, please visit http://www.castawaywithpurpose.com.

Never Stop doing the things you love. Inspiration.

Posted in documentary, Film with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2013 by Tim McGuire Images

Important Work for the World by Chris Jordan, Film Maker and Photographer

Posted in Announcements, documentary, Film, movies, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2013 by Tim McGuire Images

“The birds on Midway are like messengers, the canary in the coal mine. When the canary dies, the miners don’t run over and try to save the canary— they receive the message that bird just gave its life delivering, and then act quickly to save themselves”

MIDWAY : trailer : a film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.

Rebuild our Ecosystems. We can do it together.

Posted in photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2013 by Tim McGuire Images

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

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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There’s just something fascinating about roots and trees

Posted in Creative Process, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2010 by Tim McGuire Images

I’m constantly drawn to trees and roots. They just fascinate me with their shapes and sometimes alien forms and textures.

I’ve been walking by these for years when going climbing at Exit 38. I finally stopped to take some HDR photos last weekend. I also stopped to photograph this tree stump which I see as a metaphor for the struggle between man and nature or maybe better, mans attempts to dominate nature…

Tell me what you think.

Tim