We had the good fortune of connecting with timothy mattimore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi timothy, how does your business help the community?
First off, I would never categorize my photography as a business – not yet at least, haha. It is a passion of mine and something that I am fully invested in on a personal level. This passion took root after a trip to Iceland in 2018. It was there that a deep love of the natural world and landscape photography began to take on a truly meaningful role in my life. Since that trip, I’ve been incredibly lucky to see and document some of the most extraordinary places I could ever imagine – here in the US, as well as trips to Patagonia, the rainforests of Canada and a return trip to Iceland in 2021. The sharing of images and stories from these trips has opened some interesting doors in my life.
Most recently, I have been doing work with a non-profit in the Ely, Minnesota area where I live for some of the year. Friends of The Boundary Waters reached out to me after seeing some of my work, and asked for help. Over the course of the past 3 weeks, I’ve been out in the Minnesota winter filming different pieces of property around Minnesota’s Boundary Waters. The properties, which are up for sale, are vulnerable to real estate development, as well as mining, which could greatly affect the natural ecosystem in the area.
The hope is that these films will act as agents-of-change to raise the much-needed funds Friends of The Boundary Waters needs to continue their conservation efforts in the area. In a small, community like that of Ely, Minnesota, the natural world is part of the DNA of the people. It’s my hope to have a positive impact through landscape and nature photography to help this area hold onto one of its most impressive resources.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Since 2018, I’ve been working hard at the craft of photography. in particular landscape photography, interspersed with some wildlife and whatever else catches my eye. To be quite frank, I don’t think that I’m all that unique or different, or any better than anyone out there. And I think that’s what keeps me so captivated by this art form. There are so many of us out there, who continue to work hard at it, chasing a perfection that we know we can never truly achieve. But, that’s the wonderful thing about this particular community. The support that we share with one another is unlike any other group of folks I’ve been surrounded by in any other creative community. For the past three and a half years, I’ve learned countless lessons. All by trial and error, and of course, by stealing! I take inspiration and lessons from other photographers whenever I can, always striving for growth. So, I suppose my advice would be – break stuff. Don’t be afraid of failing – over and over and over again. But, treat the disappointment as a lesson learned rather than a failure. And no matter what, remember that if you’re shooting landscape, nature or wildlife photography, don’t forget to look around. Chances are, you are in one of the most magical places you could ever be. Don’t forget to take you eye off the viewfinder, and look at the world you’re surrounded by.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout goes to my incredible wife, Johannah Scarlet. Without her, I wouldn’t know where I’d be on so many levels. But when it comes to my photography, she is the person who is always rooting for me, inspiring me, sitting in the cold with me as I fumble about with my gear trying to find the ‘shot.’ She is the one who calls at 2am to check in on me when I’m out shooting astrophotography on a frozen lake, making sure that I am alive. And my answer is always the same, “Yes, my love… I am very much alive.”