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Mel Gerst – Photography

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Mel Gerst started developing an interest in photography at the age of fourteen. During his first career in the aerospace industry he acquired considerable experience using photography to obtain scientific data testing rocket engines. Over the next three decades he founded two companies using his photographic skills in commercial environments. Upon retirement in 2006, he finally had the time to pursue his interest in wildlife and nature photography. Now a full time resident of the north coast, he and his wife Janet and their dog Scarlett live on The Sea Ranch. It’s not surprising that most of his subjects are along our local coast.

His last company provided services in photography, graphic design, digital & offset printing. All production steps were performed in-house, including scanning and color separations. He continues today with the concept of total control by printing, matting and framing all his work in his home studio. He recently upgraded his printer to the Epson 9900 that uses 11 different inks, printing a very wide range of colors on paper or canvas up to 44 inches wide. Mel says that the materials he uses in printing and framing permit his photography to be enjoyed with no noticeable change in color for up to 200 years.

Besides his technical expertise, his work reflects his creative and artistic abilities. He has won several awards and many of his photographs are well know by their title . . . such as The Prayer, The Look, The Light, The Strike and The Green Flash. He captures nature’s activities at the most appropriate moment in time. Whether it’s the distant sun or the lady bug up close, he let’s you see it beyond the superficial. His greatest joy in photography is when a person walks up to one of his images and with a gasp exclaims, “Oh, my”.

Contact Information:

Mel Gerst
PO Box 84
The Sea Ranch, CA 95497

Phone: 707-785-1758