Q & A with with Myles McGuinness

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_9M78785-139Inspired by a lifetime of traveling, Myles was raised on saltwater and snow. He grew up across the U.S. in such places as the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, Ohio, and North Carolina, and along with the coastal beaches of Georgia, Texas, Florida and California. You could say he traveled a lot as a kid and developed a certain itch for exploration.
Myles holds Bachelor of Art degrees in both Graphic Design and Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. His images have been exhibited internationally in Brazil, France, Italy, Japan, Australia, U.S. and recognized by: American Advertising Federation (AAF), National Geographic, The Smithsonian, Oceanside Museum of Art, The California Surf Museum, Communication Arts Photo Annual, and a Follow the Light Finalist.
“Great images have always inspired me, whether they are images that have been captured before by others, or those that I see when I close my eyes and imagine. Images are so powerful they motivate, tell stories, alter the course of history, they change the way we see the past and shape the future. For me, photography has been a life-long means to explore and capture how I view the world—slices of life, an instant in time, a person, an experience or an event. I strive to connect with those places and people I’ve documented. Photography represents both a means of expression and documentation.
With my images I look to combine certain energy, a feeling, with unique light, at equally interesting moment in time. I am drawn to the textures and patterns of the ocean, a persons face or a distant location. The feelings and essence are what I try to embody and capture within my images. Subtle but bold. Simple yet deeply complex. Instantaneous but timeless.”

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Tamrac: 
How did you get into photography?
Myles:  Both my parents were really into photography and my step dad was a filmmaker. My first camera was an old Kodak Instamatic, which was in my hands probably around age 4 or 5. I still have some prints from it. The next leap was in college, learning about the technical side of photography- the darkroom, lighting, and different processes.

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Tamrac:  You have traveled all over the world shooting for clients such as Surfer Magazine, Eidon, Kelly Slater Wave Co., to name just a few!  Do you have a favorite location to shoot and why?
Myles:  Each place I visit has something special and memorable to offer, it’s hard to pick just one place. I think the best part of traveling is experiencing new places and people for the first time. If I had to pick one place it would have to be of my favorite local spot to shoot, Blacks Beach in La Jolla, CA. Amazing light, sandstone cliffs and emerald green water, but you do have to watch out for the nude sunbathers.

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Tamrac:  Did you grow up surfing and how has that helped you as a photographer?
Myles: I actually grew up skiing in West Virginia and North Carolina, and then moved to Florida around age 11. That’s when I transitioned from skiing to surfing all the time. Living in Florida required traveling to find better waves and naturally I would document those adventures. I guess you could say surfing has helped me step back and appreciate those simple things that bring us so much joy. The people, the feeling, the environments and the experiences along the way.

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Tamrac:  What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
Myles:  Keep it real, shoot what you know and are passionate about in life. The rest will fall into place.

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Tamrac:  Can you share with us your next project?
Myles:  I’m off to Nicaragua next week for a photo shoot. We have talented group of 8-10 art directors, models, and surfer’s flying in from California, Puerto Rico and Canada.

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Tamrac:  How has Social Media helped you as a photographer?
Myles:  Social media has been a great tool for me to gain exposure to a larger audience without having to spend a ton of money. Though it does take a bit of time.  It’s helped me reach & interact with more people across the globe that wouldn’t have been possible ten years ago.

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Tamrac:  What is your favorite surf movie?
Myles:  Bunyip Dreaming. A classic film shot by Jack McCoy in Australia with music by Concrete Blonde and INXS.

Tamrac:  What do you love about your Tamrac bags?
Myles:  They are durable, well designed + protects my gear from the elements.

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Tamrac: What Tamrac gear do you use?
Myles:  Expedition 8x- Model 5588 (Black) + MX5354 Rain Cover
Jazz 76 Sling Pack Model 4276
Big Wheels SpeedRoller X2 5592

Tamrac: How can people find out more about you and your work, and keep up with what you’re doing?
Myles: www.9mphoto.com (Website)
www.facebook.com/9mphoto (facebook)
           9mphoto (instagram)