Life through the lens lands SRB man in art show


One of his favorite works depicts the outfall of Big Redfish Lake. He submitted the piece to the photo sharing website and after a yearlong judging process before being accepted on the website.

Robert McCullar | Special to The Sun
Published: Friday, October 26, 2012 at 03:10 PM.

Robert McCullar left his woodworking studio behind when he moved to Santa Rosa Beach from Eufaula, Ala., in 2003, but he was left with a lingering desire to create.

Finding woodworking studios to be “unaffordable for a hobby,” McCullar decided to channel his creative energies into photography and hasn’t stopped looking through the lens since.

McCullar, who has not been formally trained in photography, was first exposed to the art by his neighbor, a professional photographer in Alabama.

“I got a lot through osmosis,” said McCullar with a smile, as he has been learning by trial and error with more than 16,000 frames shot since he first picked up a camera.

All of those were taken in his spare time of the last nine years, as McCullar is fully employed at his CPA firm in the WaterSound business center.

He said in his career, he has always found an escape in his hobbies, and when he was in Eufaula, that solace was found in his woodworking shop.

“That was therapy for me. I would go home after work and turn rough wood on the lathe and make something beautiful,” he said of the zen of the whittling tool.

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