Having just received her Associates of Art in photography, Erin McGuire merges her love of the natural world around her with the training she received at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco to create distinctly unique images. Born in Orange County, California in March, 1965, she became interested in photography at an early age and at eighteen, began to actively pursue photography after receiving her first SLR camera, a Pentax ME Super. Life had other plans and it would be more than twenty-five years before she would use a camera again.
Eager to catch up on so many lost years, she moved quickly from using a digital point and shoot camera to trying many different types of film cameras where she discovered that a simple, plastic camera could open a whole new world of photographic possibilities. Since then, she has expanded her knowledge of traditional film and digital photography by teaching herself various alternative photographic processes.
Erin has extensive experience shooting with antique film cameras, including medium format press cameras and Polaroid instant cameras that she uses to shoot Impossible Project and Fuji instant films. Erin also has experience with a wide variety of alternative photographic processes including cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, gum bichromate, oilprints, and most recently, lumen prints. She is also a skilled Photoshop operator and has used her considerable digital darkroom skills in creating two bodies of work, 40 Something With Cats and On The Surface.
Erin’s award winning work has been published in print and online magazines and blogs and has been exhibited nationally in many group exhibition’s. Her images are held in both private and public collections.