Terry Scussel is a California based photographer whose subjects include the San Francisco Bay Area, Pacific coastal areas, Western deserts and mountains, urban street photography, night photography, European locales and much more. His images are both in color and black & white.
After many years as a corporate executive, it was time for me to re-purpose with creativity and advocacy. Both my lifelong passion for photography and my 26-year advocacy for my daughter's rights and resources as a person with disabilities were natural evolutions.
Currently, I make a living as a management consultant with a focus on non-profit management, paratransit transportation, document management, and as a photographic artist and instructor. I also serve on several Marin County based non-profit boards supporting older adults and people with disabilities, including Whistlestop, Marin Ventures and Public Authority In-Home Supportive Services of Marin County. I am also the Board sponsor and have judged the Whistlestop Photography Contest since its inception four years ago.
I have been a photographer my entire life, which was started when my dad gave me a Leica camera that he had bought the year of my in 1948. The Leica is now safely stored away, I have moved through many film cameras and now shoot exclusively with Canon digital SLR cameras. As an avid photography book collector I study the work of the masters and do field work with professionals and amateurs alike to hone my craft and share experiences. Being a good photographer requires curiosity, patience, passion, desire to improve and then the basics of understanding composition, lighting, camera settings, techniques, post-processing software knowledge.
A good day in my creative world is getting up early to catch the good light or catching the twilight, and finding an image to shoot from a different perspective. I truly enjoy capturing an image and the story behind the photo. Dorothea Lange quoted: “the camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera” – this is a quote to live by.
Terry is originally from the Chicago area, he grew up and was educated in Florida and has called in Marin County, California his home for the last 28 years.
Terry Scussel Photography
Mill Valley, California