|(On March 31 this year (2013), I entered six more photos. And in order to encourage an increase in sales, I significantly reduced the cost of each photo in my gallery).
Welcome to my gallery. Most of these photographs were taken in Ranch Country U.S.A. My main objective with the camera is to portray a sense of the remote isolation of ranch life and its connection to the land, with a barn or a windmill or an abandoned ranch house as a focal point.
My wife Maggie is a partner in this enterprise. We live in the seaside town of Trinidad on the northcoast of California. Our home is a small cottage that began as a storage shed for commercial fishing gear at the mouth of the Mad River where it empties into the Pacific Ocean a few miles south of here.
My interest in photography took a serious turn in 1998, when Maggie and I headed out on a 7½ month journey throughout the less-traveled roads of the American West. We camped on 19 ranches in 15 states and visited with the owners and ranch-hands. The vehicle that took us on this adventure was an Econoline 150 work van, converted somewhat to basic living conditions: extended top, bunks, fridge, etc. We call it SHADOW CATCHER.
Several years ago, I completed two classes in photography at Humboldt State University, taught by the noted California northcoast photographer and colorist, Sam Swanlund (now deceased). My LOG CABIN WINDOW and DISCOVERY BAY CANNERY photos have been jury-selected for showing at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, California. Other photos have appeared in PhotoMagazine. The Ranch Country series of black & white photos has also been shown at the Morris Graves Museum of Art.
Other than wearing the hat of a photographer, I served four years in the U.S. Air Force and was discharged with the rank of staff sergeant at the age of 20. Then 21 years as a Deputy Sheriff and District Attorney's Investigator with the County of Los Angeles. Next, as a Probation Officer with the Juvenile Court System in Clark County Nevada, followed by a few years as a long-line commercial fisherman.
As a photographer, I use the following equipment:
Camera: Nikon D80 Digital
Lenses: NIKKOR 18-135mm and 70-300mm
Tripod: PROMASTER SHD
Speedlight: PROMASTER 7500EDF
Because of the terrain I usually work in, my gear includes snake-proof(?) leggings. Rattle-Rattle-Rattle!
Maggie and I invite you to visit our website at <robertmccunephotography.com>. That site includes my Faces of a Powwow gallery and the two books I've written: GUARDIANS OF THE LAND, and THE HILLS AROUND US: KOREA 1950-1951. The website also includes free on-line reading about our adventures exploring the back roads of the American West.
I'll be using this bio page to let viewers know when new images have been added. This won't be often; maybe three times a year.* Such notices will prevent returning viewers from spending time looking for additional photos in my gallery when there are none. (*My age has finally caught up with me; in july this year of 2013, I'll be 82).
Note of June 7, 2013. Maggie and I just returned from a two-week photo-shoot through Ranch Country of Utah, California, and northern Nevada. This resulted in my being able to add several more photos to the Yessy Art Gallery.
About these backroad adventures...I've probably said this before, but two weeks is a few days too long for a fellow my age (coming up on 82) to be "out there" living in a seventeen and a half foot van conversion. We do like being on those back roads, but Maggie agrees, we must cut this to about ten days, else there'll be a danger in us not making such trips.