I've just returned from Shooting the West in Winnemucca where I had the pleasure of meeting and seeing the work of three fine photographers: Charles Guildner (http://www.guildner-photo.com/), Richard Menzies (http://www.rdmenzies.com) and Mark Citret (http://www.mcitret.com/), each of whom approaches their art with a generous heart. I've known of Mark as a fellow instructor at the Ansel Adams Gallery for years, but never had a chance to meet him. His work is gentle and introspective, perfectly reflecting the soul that created it. Charles "Chuck" Guildner's life mission for over a decaded has been documenting traditional rural lifestyles. His records of the subtle beauty of the simple truths of rural America are recorded in the finest detail in black and white with an 8x10. Richard Menzies is best known for his historic image of Burt Monroe, the crusty Kiwi whose journey to test his 1930s Indian motorcycle mettle on the Bonneville Salt Flats was recently celebrated in the film "The World's Fastest Indian" starring Sir Anthony Hopkins. In spirit, that image is consistent with all of Richard's work, which celebrates the most quirky components of the human condition. His images are telling, and the stories that accompany them at once lighthearted and compelling. Wow.