A shiny, downtown adventure jumping for joy with Tim Rains

Tim Rains photographed by Eyoalha Baker for Jump for Joy Photo Project and Palm Springs Cultural Center Artist Residency

I had the pleasure of meeting Tim through the Palm Springs Cultural Center where he volunteers in various capacities. We also boogied together at Disco Night, along with his husband Jonathan, in this fantastic outfit. So I was ready for some flashy and exuberant jumps of joy… and that’s exactly what we got!

Q: What inspires you to jump for joy?
Being with love, not in or out of love, but with love. As I matured into my late thirties I sought out relationships where companionship was the motivating factor, an opportunity to be intimately social, or as I often put it “someone to sit on the couch and eat popcorn with.” I was ecstatic to be involved with an art project which was a natural extension of that “with love,” expression. I jumped for joy, but with love, and who and all that contains.

Q: How was your experience doing the jumping photos?
At first I was anxious to be photographed so outlandishly (did you see the gold lamae?) in such a public place. You would never guess I have a strong shy streak, but my partner, Jonboy, who so effortlessly embraces the effusive, joyful, side of life, constantly is nudging me to step out. After our first jump, I couldn’t stop giggling. It wasn’t so much about the jump itself but watching the rolling joyful reaction of the completely random crowd passing by (we were around the corner from Modernism Week’s Camp HQ).

Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
For me, Joy has always been an ephemeral high. I have sought peace and contentment more than joy, in an effort to find an achievable stable balance. There was a period in my life where I was frustrated with society, for lack of a better “they,” telling me how and when I should experience joy – you will feel great if you eat this, or smoke this, or go to this movie, listen to this song, take this hike – but not feeling it, or only feeling it briefly. I was frustrated, cautious, and weary. What I cultivated from these experiences however was a keen sense introspection, an ability to understand the spectrum of my emotions and form my own thoughts on what emotion that experience might produce. I was no longer worried that if I didn’t feel “joyful” during a proscribed experience that was okay. I also learned an appreciation for when I do feel the natural high which comes with joy, to acknowledge it, and be okay with it not being a forever state of being.

Q: What is your greatest passion in life?
The opportunity to create. I find creative expression in interpreting the outdoors, gardening, cooking, intimacy… creativity infuses my daily life.

Q: How do you feel about being part of a collaborative community project that promotes joy?
One of our motivations to move to Palm Springs was to be a part of a year-round vibrant community which focused on living and creating rather that waiting for the end to come. This art project connects us in a unique way with the greater community.

Q: If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
When I was thirty I achieved the big life goal. I had a dream job as an arts/media specialist, national park ranger in Alaska. I had come out… and then I took a deep breath and was like “now what?” The answer to that question has spiraled my life into several different directions, the most recent (ten years later) resulting in residing in Palm Springs, CA with a long-time partner and being part of an organization which focuses on building community through art and culture. I’m here to experience community and develop my creative expressions. I’m where I’m meant to be.

Q: Mini bio or something special you want to share.
Recent arrival to Palm Springs, lived in extreme climates, place as relationships – public relations cultural center.

Connect with Tim:
Instagram: @rangerrains
FB page: Tim Rains
Other links: www.timsdreamingtree.com

Thank you Tim for sharing your playful, shiny joy with the world!


Thank you to the Palm Springs Cultural Center inviting me to be your first Artist in residence and bringing the Jump for Joy Photo Project to the Coachella Valley.

If you live in the Coachella Valley and would like more info on the project, or would like to take part, email us: jumpforjoy@psculturalcenter.org


Follow Jump for Joy on:
Instagram: @jumpforjoyphotoproject
Twitter: @jumpforjoyphoto
Facebook: /JumpForJoyPhotoProject

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