Guy W Cearley
“About two years ago I had to chop down a tree that died in the front yard. I had some logs left that had been lying on the lawn so I cut one open and…”
For as long as Guy Cearley can remember he has always had a love of Architecture, Photography and great design.? He truly loved to build things and great design feeds his soul.? Capturing these things on film has been the cherry on the cake.
Guy managed to finish college with a double major, 7 studio art minors and a runaway hobby in photography.? He found that he didn?t want to work in a large architectural firm designing the sterile office buildings that were being built at the time.? A friend allowed Guy to assist him working on a Neiman Marcus Christmas catalogue and that completely threw his love of photography into overdrive.? It was at the conclusion of the shooting that he knew this was what he wanted to do full time.
Guy Cearley’s photography first lead him to San Francisco where he began shooting still life?s for Paul Mason and Inglenook Wines.? At the end of two years he had expanded into fashion photography.? His interest in Fashion then led him to New York city where he continued to shoot Fashion assignments for the next 18 years.?? Two years of the 18 were spent living in Paris shooting for fashion clients and magazines.? When Guy returned to New York his interest expanded to film work and directing commercials.? Not long thereafter he was offered a chance to direct a small feature film in LA and away he went.
The next 15 years were spent in Los Angeles working exclusively in film and television production.? His interest in feature films waned as his interest in documentary films came to the forefront.? Traveling and telling the stories of people places and things was endless satisfaction to him.? With each project completed he felt he was a better and wiser person because of the people he had the opportunity to meet and the story he had gotten to tell.
All along the way Guy has never passed on an opportunity to design and build.? From office spaces to homes, the love of architecture and building has never been left behind.? Now that he is bringing his film career to a close his energy for building has begun anew.? Over the years Guy has been exposed to various studio artists who worked in wood and he has found that this medium, which he has always loved, allows him to use all the experiences he has learned over the length of his career.? All of his design sense and love of construction along with photography has started a new passion that he now gets to pursue.
Wood is an infinitely changing media that evolves with every piece that an artist comes in contact with.? Two pieces of wood from a single board will have two completely separate personalities.? Like water flowing down a river, grain in wood never stops moving and evolving.
Guy Cearley always starts with an idea about the physical design for a project, but the wood involved contributes to how the final piece will take form.? Every knot, grain flow pattern and texture tells him a personal story about its history.? It?s important to Guy for the inherent beauty of any piece that wood he works with integrates and contributes in telling the story about the function and feel of the final piece.? All he has to do is listen.