Gary Beesley PhA (ADSP)
....PhotoArtist (And Damn Strange Person)
Welcome to my First Web Site!

SCHOOL AFFILIATION: Oakland Community College, Royal Oak Campus (in Michigan). The Photo Department here is astounding! The approach is toward creativity.....you do not end up as a clone of any instructor. The environment is very supportive as we have first-rate instructors, staff, and support facilities including a studio which is well equipped, and a darkroom which any University would envy.

A great many of students, like myself, complete all courses, and start auditing classes to stay within this environment. My first class at the Royal Oak Campus was in Spring of 1990.......I stuck around there for 10 years, 8 more than the average student.

WORK: For thirty years I worked for General Motors. I am happy about it as GM has a 'Thirty-and-Out' Retirement. The first twenty years were spent labor-intensively in sub-assembly work making car seats and door trim.

The last ten years were much better as they were spent working at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. Almost everyday's lunch period was spent on a man-made lake with my fly rod catching (and releasing) pan fish....tough life, eh? Now retired at a 'young' age, life is enjoyed without the burden of a time card nor a boss.

HOBBIES: I play around on the computer with Adobe Photoshop. I am a SCUBA diver with numerous certifications, including Master Diver, and Divemaster. SCUBA diving has led me through some amazing travels: the Bahamas,French West Indies,Mexico,Turks and Caicos, and French Polynesia. My favorite diving location is Tahiti; made eight trips there! On dives in Tahiti one gets a new respect and perspective about sharks. Nearly every dive you will see at least a few sharks and quickly figure out that you aren't high on their food list, and they are magnificent creatures to be with.

Now that I'm retired and living off a pension, Tahiti is a far off island and I have to get my kicks more economically. I do local diving in the Ste Claire River (....the river is how Lake Huron drains into Lake Erie). The thrills at Ste Claire River is it's cold water, plenty of current, and ocean-bound freighters overhead.

This year I got back to an activity I'd done heavily in the late sixties/early seventies: tent camping. My favorite campground is near Port Austin, Michigan (which is located at the tip of the thumb..refer to a Michigan map), called Port Crescent State Park. The campground is on the Lake Huron coast. Michigan is the U.S. "Middle Coast". I still fly fish when camping.


Society For Photographic Education
Michigan Friends of Photography

OCC-RO Lab Rats (Ad Hoc Group) / Royal Oak Photographers Association

The Main Plan is to close-up things here in the north and head southward in pursuit of a tropical, warm resort area. I haven't done financial planning so my dreaming requires me to work a bit to cover bed and board. THE plan, as I envision it, is to get down to Florida and find someone, (preferably a Corporation), with a yacht needing a live aboard caretaker. ............I'd be in a warm resort area, I'd have a roof overhead, I'd be near/in water and my expenses would be low. Sounds like a hell of a plan to me!!!!

The vision I'm working with is a sailboat, 65 to 105 feet, owned by a corporation and clientele would vary each week. The boat sails out every weekend and supplies get written off as company expense. May as well throw in a modest paycheck. Yacht would be drug free! Am I dreaming or planning? We'll see!

MUSIC: Love the unusual; old swing music, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Louis Jordan,Tom Waits, Kevin Quain & Warren Zevon. My ears love nearly everything that has roots in Louisiana--Dr..John, Professor Longhair,cajun, zydeco. World music is appealing-especially sounds which are primitive.

MOVIES: I prefer my movies to be light and funny. Don't need message movies, chain saw wielding maniacs, tear jerkers, nor Linda Lovelace.

Click on a Pencil and go somewhere!!!!


44 Rubber Chicken Images from our camping/fishing trips to the Florida Keys in 2001 and 2002

This is the Classic/2000 Edition, ......over eighty images from the Florida Keys......Required Viewing!!! This is OvenReady At His Best, before he got clothes!

Don't get mixed up, this isn't San Salvador in Central America. This San Salvador is a Club Med in the Bahamas. About twenty pictures here. ....... First attempt at making a website.

You may have been laughing at my use of the moniker: PhA (ADSP)..... Whelp, this is what I was doing as Art. I never said Fine Art....I do Crude Art and am not ashamed.

If you are a youngster, or the parent of one, you know what Flat Stanley is all about. If neither, take a peek! 

Just some photos, with a bit of a twist or quirk.

Underwater. I own a simple underwater camera (Hanimex Anphibian), I took it to the right water and got sharks, submarines, divers and water closets

YaDa ,YaDa, YaDa!

duh....wonder what it's about?

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P.O. Box 542, Union Lake, MI 48387
Visitors Since February 4, 2003 Updated 19 August2003