Gary Cutrell, Warner Robins,Ga Member Since July 2009 Artist Statement I am Gary Cutrell, born on a hog and chicken farm near Indianapolis, Indiana in 1947. I have two brothers and one sister, two children and two grandchildren. I moved to Fort Valley, Georgia in 1953, with my parents and family to a 600 acre farm in Peach County, Georgia. I am 63 years old. I Studied at the Famous Photographer's School under top photographers of Life Magazine, Look, People, and others from 1970 to 1974. I worked on the farm until 1967, and then went into the US Air Force to become a jet engine mechanic. After the Air Force, I worked as a draftsman for a prominent landscape architect for 4 1/2 years. I hold one US patent, so far. Worked on F-15 Fighter aircraft for 21 years as an aircraft mechanic,... a damned good mechanic, I must say! Designed several tools for the USAF that I never got paid for. I shot for a few years as a door to door location photographer out in the country, on weekends for 4 years. I have done about 75 magazine covers, about 300 brochures, about 12 billboards, and have lit and somewhat directed a number of television commercials. Also photographed over 500 weddings. My current day-job is working as a base photographer at Warner Robins Air Force Base. Been doing that for 15 years. They begged me to give up my F-15 job to work for them. My primary duties there is studio work, shooting about 3,000 portraits per year. I also do the plane crashes, murders, investigation, the grip and grin, and ceremonies, and a lot of other stuff there. I do portfolio work, portraits, life style, advertising, and fashion , wedding, and artistic stuff whenever I can find a model that is actually serious about it! I think I like fashion and advertising the most! When I take a model out, I tend to be a "drive-by" Shooter, looking for whatever background material is available at the moment! A good model "Shows-Up" and sometimes calls, and says.... She'll "be over in Ten Minutes". I've been moonlighting as a photographer for nearly 40 years, sometimes making more money than my day-job pays. I paint also. Google me and you'll see 'em. They don't look like photographs! I have used the Rollei, Hasselblad, Nikon, Canon, and Contax systems. At the present time, I'm using Nikon and Fujifilm cameras. My favorite studio light system is Dyna-Lite, my favorite reflectors are the California Sunbounce, my favorite light stands are Matthews C-Stands, and my favorite tripod is Gitzo with a Magicball head. If you like what I do and want to contact me, then call me @ 478-396-5551.