Tony Kerst, Big Bear Lake, CA Member Since February 2009 Artist Statement Tony Kerst is a 40+ year resident of Big Bear Lake, CA. While a teacher in the local school district, his interest in photography began when he started using cameras in his classroom for visual literacy projects with his students. As his interest in photography grew, he began taking scenic photographs of Big Bear Lake, CA in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California.
During the summer of 1979, Tony and his wife Dottie, started a wholesale business called Kerst Scenic Photography, Inc. Using his scenic photos, they created new post cards for Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead and the Mojave Desert. Over three million Kerst Scenic Photo post cards have been mailed around the world. During the next 28 years the business grew to include many photographic products including calendars, Christmas cards, souvenirs, and photographic prints in commercial publications. The business was sold in 2007, and Tony is now concentrating on selling his images in online and local galleries.
Tony continues to add photographs to his collection. With a focused emphasis on the natural beauty of the southern California mountains, he seeks to capture the essence of the scenery, flora, and fauna of the region. Occasional photo trips to other scenic destinations provide the opportunity to add new images to his collection.