Rob’s Story

Rob’s Story

Hi!  I’m Rob  Mc Artor.  I’ve been a photographer since I was 15 and, as you can see from the photograph, that’s been a while.  I grew up in the Southern California high desert and in my forties, migrated to Northern Nevada.  I can’t think of two more interesting and beautiful places to practice  fine-art photography! The varied and often stark landscape of the deserts provide ample opportunity to hone a creative eye; to learn to see beauty in an area most people consider “dead” or lifeless.  Yet there is life all around, even in the earth itself, molded over thousands of years by wind and water (yes, water in the deserts!) into unique and fascinating shapes, just waiting for us to see, truly see, them.  In addition, the town I grew up in is surrounded by other varieties of photographic prospects.  Bordered on the west by the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, just south of the incredible Owens River Valley, east of Death Valley, and not very far away from the central San Joaquin Valley, the coastal regions from Big Sur to San Diego, and the amazing country between there and Los Angeles.  To put it simply, the area I learned my craft in had it all, with a rich diversity of cultures and climatic zones, as well. Then I joined the Navy and traveled most of the way around the world, camera in hand.  What an enthralling world we live in!  People everywhere are simply wonderful and I very seldom lacked a new-found friend who was willing to take me to see places they thought beautiful and interesting.  I was never disappointed! When I moved to the Truckee Meadows, I found a completely different set of photogenic landscapes and scenery to capture.  Lake Tahoe, and the middle Sierra Nevada mountains around it, offer a plethora of beauty, so much so that it is often hard to decide which direction to aim my lens.  I’ve been here over 25 years and have only begun to scratch the surface of God’s beauty in the local area.  Additionally, just over “the hill” is the northern portion of the San Joaquin Valley, the Bay Area and, farther to the north, the Sacramento Valley.  An unlimited richness of possibilities, right here in my own backyard, so to speak! Having grown up in my profession in an analog, film-based world, I found the transition to digital relatively easy and infinitely more flexible.  Used to carrying cameras with many interchangeable magazine backs (so I could shoot color slide, color print, and black-&-white films at different speeds), the new (to me) ability to change my ISO at will between frames has been very freeing.  It offers me  much more creativity in any given shooting situation.  Likewise the advent of digital post-processing!  The lessons I’ve learned from mentors like Rob Ewer, Morley Baer, Ansel Adams, David Muench, Joel Sartori, and Galen Rowell have made my life a joy when I can get out of doors and put those lessons to use. Having placed my passion on hold for far too many decades, I have decided to see if I can make a go of it, not just as something I love to do, but also financially.  Thus, this website, and the chance to share my vision of the world, my art, with others.  I hope you find our images worthy of your approval and of the wall space in your homes and offices.  Thank you for visiting our site and, if you have, thank you for your purchase of one or more of our fine-art landscapes or other images!

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