Gil Murrieta

Gil Murrieta

Thank you for visiting my web site. I am a retired elementary school teacher who used photography as a teaching tool in the classroom whenever possible. I learned lenses and film photographing my grandmother’s cats. My cameras and I have been to four of the seven continents: North America, Africa, Asia and Europe, with extensive camera work in Hawaii and Alaska. (Scroll to read more.)

For ten years I was the official photographer for a local girls’ softball association and for a city’s AYSO soccer program. I learned motor racing photography on the streets of Long Beach, California photographing the Long Beach Grand Prix. Since 1994, I’ve been a photographer with the Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA). It is the largest organization of its kind in the country. Its members are devoted to restoring, maintaining and racing vintage and historic race cars at motor racing tracks and venues throughout the southwest. My motor racing photos have appeared in motor racing publications such as Vintage Race Car Journal, Victory Lane, Vintage Motorsport, and The Vintage Voice (magazine of the Vintage Auto Association.) In recent years I have worked as a volunteer photographer with Special Olympics at local events. I was lucky enough to be one of 16 photographers shooting pictures for Special Olympics at the Summer World Games.

I am constantly looking for new and different camera experiences, locations, angles and vantage points. I seek to capture images most others might overlook. I have shot from:
• Pace cars on various race tracks
• Hot air balloons in Kenya and New Mexico
• A stagecoach and glider in Colorado
• Trains in Alaska, Hawaii and Colorado
• Tour busses and vans
• Ships and boats
• A rickshaw in Hong Kong
• And from the back of an elephant in India

A friend once asked me if Ansel Adams inspired me as a photographer. I replied, “Ansel Adams did beautiful work, but photographers who inspire me are guys like Michael “Nick” Nichols and Steve McCurry who would continue to shoot pictures with guns pointed at them.” Photography has been a major part of my life. It has allowed me to document and share my travels and life experiences. Continue to visit in the future as I display more of my photography. I hope you will enjoy my work.