About Terry Hire Photography


Raised and educated in Tennessee, Terry Hire moved to mid-coast Maine in 1981. He opened Design Alternatives, an interior design company, in 1987. In addition to offering interior design services, he designs architectural plans for new homes along the coast, performs garden design and implementation, lectures on historic period garden styles and has been the two-term President of the Maine Interior Design Association.  His passion for gardening and landscape design is matched by his passion for fine art photography.

You may see Terry's work at, among other places, the Handworks Gallery in Blue Hill, Maine, The Markings in Bath, Maine, and Kingman Gallery in Deer Isle, Maine, and he also is currently selling a line of botanical notecards at garden gift centers throughout the state of Maine. Terry is a member of the Maine Photo Alliance, a Mid-Coast Photo group that meets monthly for critique and sharing our work.


Like many of my generation, my first camera was an Argus C3 in college. Although I finished my BFA and did drawing, painting, and water coloring, it was photography, which I never studied in college, that brought me joy. From the beginning, I felt at home in the medium and sensed that my best work was with the camera, not the paintbrush. I responded to Abstract Expressionism, and photographically, to Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham. The reductionist point of view seems to have always resonated with my own way of seeing the world. I see my environment through the lens, not as it is necessarily, but as it could be, as it is in my own mind's eye.

Later I was involved with the Maine Photographic Workshops, now Maine Media Workshops, and studied with Richard Procopio, Lilo Raymond, Craig Stevens, Bill Hayward, and Sonya Bullaty/Angelo Lomeo. I found my voice. But due to economic pressures, photography had to take a back seat for over twenty years. Only recently have I been able to get back in and shoot again, to print and evaluate previous images in light of new contexts, to experiment and to see new possibilities. I am learning more about myself; my voice is stronger.

Color compels me. There is an emotional charge to it. I see in color; I dream in color. It is man-made objects and building parts that catch my eye, and if the right light is present with a dab of color, then I am off and running, arranging the elements in a graphic and abstract way, playing up the surface texture and repetition of line and pattern. I love Ralph Waldo Emerson's line, "Beauty is its own excuse for being."

So much to see, so little time. But such simple joy in doing what comes naturally and being who I was made to be.

"How sweet light is, how delightful it is to see the sun! And whenever God gives someone...the ability...to find contentment in his work, this is a gift from God. For such a person will hardly notice the passing of time, so long as God keeps his heart occupied with joy." Ecclesiastes