Important Info for Rogues, Rascals & Decent Folks
Everything on this site has been copyrighted. The photography,
graphics, or text included in this site may be downloaded for
personal use with my blessing, in fact I appreciate it. It may
also be used for comping purposes and things are all warm & fuzzy up
until you try and use it to make money...then we gotta talk.
And its best we talk before you use it. I am very generous and
charitable and probably do more bro deals than I should. I am
high on honesty in business, very negotiable and try my best to
accommodate tight budgets. My attorney handles all the ugly
stuff but that only happens every once in a while.
CONFUSED, BEFUDDLED or JUST CURIOUS?
don't be fooled by big brown eyes
No need - Contact me to inquire about using or purchasing anything
here ..except the rabbit-Mescalito......she is for rent. I do get a fair
amount of requests for screen backgrounds...find something you like
and I'll try my best to .zip it and send it to you via e-mail.
I 'd love to hear from you-good & bad. Just use the e-mail. That said ..... lets get on to the fun stuff.
"...Anyone who has ever had to spend at least an hour
Clark Merritt will walk away with a story of some kind,
with him for a year and you could write a book..."
quote from 1992 salary
They never did quite explain what that
meant, couldn't have been too bad, I walked out with a 10% increase so I
never asked. Even more curious, at a large bachelor party once,
someone got up and said "I bet everybody here has a Clark Merritt
story", the whole room woefully sighed in unison-including the donkey!
I'd never seen that donkey before in my life.
My Story - I'm hopelessly stuck
In 1975 I started a company called Pacific Vision
Photography of Santa Monica California. I was working full time at the Oar
House which by comparison to the real world of corporate America was
part-time at best. This allowed me to shoot photos and surf everyday...and
that ain't bad. What the Oar House did for me was to develop my keen
for character, not the building kind but the kind that makes for
interesting copy. You see, there was never a shortage of characters
down on Main St. in the 70's. But as Main St. grew up into its
designer respectability so did the Oar House and soon there was no more
room for characters. So Life's little twists and turns from the
fastlane dumped me off at Countyline Malibu-
another haven for characters, great photographs and gooood surf.
It was pretty darn close to 20 years later 'till I
migrated down to Huntington Beach- yet another haven for characters, good
other folks like Bob Citron & Dennis Rodman. Say wouldn't you
just love to see them do a remake of that classic "B" SciFi thriller "The
man with 2 heads".
During the course of that
adventure I traveled to faraway, exotic places and met some VERY
interesting characters. See
Mudpies It was a good
time in my life. I was in my mid twenties, old enough to understand
life's more complex meanings and still young enough to bounce back from
the face plant some of them gave me. And WOW!, that hurt something
awful! The experience has helped me
repeatedly ever since, although it gave my cosmic third eye the
vision of a cross-eyed, ice-pucked
goalie on his 3rd hit and his 4th six-pack.
While still in Malibu I thought I
needed an unusual silent partner to help me perpetuate my rather bohemian lifestyle.
Friends said "you need a dog", "not me" I said "I need something 3
points off center that I can feed. The stuffed armadillo, although
unique, did nothing for my guests or the maid . Enter the Jittabunny,
a brown-eyed, brown-furred, margarita loving rabbit with a white toe nub that taught me more about
life than all that traveling did those years before. Or as Traig
Trumbo discovered while house-sitting, that bunny was quite the cute "chick
magnet". JB had character, probably because she was never caged.
Although she's was not as spontaneous as she used to be with the
disposition of Fred Sanford, we both settled
into a routine that prevented her from nippin' me too often and me from
threatening to cut her off from those Simpson re-runs (her favorite TV
show) and force her to watch a night of DISCOVERY CHANNEL'S - Wicked
It was during our exodus from the Malibu
fires to Huntington that the thought
occurred to me to change my business name to WildHare MMages.
Wait, maybe it was the Centenario that did that or that old man that told
me to throw away the dead flowers...anyway. My photography was always a few points left of center
or to be polite- "unique" and my creative
writing was more along the lines of bizarre- yet entertaining, and just
marketable enough to keep me in new sail gear and a petite envelope full of fan mail
down at Chez Feeter's rag mill. It
just seemed to fit my insanity at the time which has, (by anyone who knows
me will tell you with wide-eyed conviction, including that loose lipped donkey) only intensified over time.
So here I am, still shooting photos, still conjuring' tall tales from
the epic seshes of life's little left turns from the right lane and helpin' out folks with
their business models, and strategic marketing plans. In-between, I
manage a regular morning surf sesh with wave sailing most windy afternoons down at
the Bolsa Chica. I'm in Baja every chance I get ...residing
comfortably at Senor Trejo's SoloSports Campo in Punta San Carlos-
tugging incessantly at the power cord that somehow got plugged in to my
psyche at the far end of the Mesa and sorting out just how & why MC ended up in
the middle of all of it. I'm
still surrounded by a rich cache of characters with a few miscreants
thrown to "kick it up a notch" and that keeps me plenty busy rustlin'
up a new long, tall tale or two to amuse those "cosmic banditos" still
coherent enough to take it in & turn the page.
As for JB, she was knockin down a little wine
or her favorite Cadillac Margarita on a respectably regular basis, in
between naps & stretches and Simpson episodes; waiting I guess, for something
more interesting to
happen or the final ascent up to that majestic berry patch in the sky.
And then it happened.
BunnyJitters got the callin at 10:30am
8.01.03 and promptly left the building. As a lasting tribute to her
I will retain her image on this site and in this artwork.
There has never been a more spectacular rabbit in my life than
her. She shall be missed. There will be other rabbits and who
knows?.....they may surpass her stellar record of service....but I doubt
As a legacy she left 15 raspberry
bushes in the back yard....all from those droppings made famous by
struggling comic Traig Trumbo during the Secos dawg daze of 92. SALUD BUNNYJITTERS!
Enter the Mescalito - It took about
week before I couldn't stand it anymore so there is a new employee
hopping around the studio. Every bit the Jittabunny with a few
twists thrown in. That's her at the top of the page - 2 months old
and fired up!
So let's talk SWOT or have a safety meeting
- Photography- specializing in water photos with a
housing or Canon 600 f4, 35mm; 645 or 4x5 (See
Piso Mojado or
Planet Huntington section of the site),
Traditional portraiture, commercial and travel photography but
absolutely no weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, funerals, P.I. work, pet portraiture,
lower G.I. med photos or high
attitude reconnaissance. (it scares the
jitters out of you know who)
- Stock Photography- call and ask or browse around
if you find something you like- lets talk....everything is for sale,
except Mescalito- but she is for rent , movies, magic shows, Easter ads or chick magnet
outings at the beach. Ask for rates.
- Copywriting- lets talk, I'm negotiable, OK, I'll
even work for food but its gotta be fresh, & no more roadkill, yeah even
fresh road kill - I'm over it..
- Pregnancy testing - we have an incredible track
record cuz the rabbit ain't died yet.
- Strategic market planning for fun stuff only, War
Widget makers need not apply, funeral directors as well and absolutely
nothing to do with cigarettes or ZIMA or Tucks.
Recent addition Gotta add SPAM now...Who'ed a figured?
- Beer & beer labels, now that's different
- Stand-ins for male relatives that your
intended audience has or has
not heard about but never seen (female relatives are
significantly more expensive but quite the hoot!)-
You should see me at weddings - I can cry you a puddle,
stream or swollen river. I
specialize in boyfriends, husbands, bosses, neighbors and have quite a variety
of bit gags and situation setups. My award winning lotto routine will bring
the house down at your next party. rates
available upon request
- FileMaker Pro Databases development.
- Computer PC & Mac issues in a networked environment
- especially good at cross-plat formed in-house or agency art departments.
- Credible reference - take your
Well that's about all my attorney would allow
me to convey on "what's up down at the
WildHare" Inquire at your own risk but remember as the
ball cap proudly touts - "No Balls, No Blue Chips. Got it?
No? Well keep surfin this site, it will come to
you. If not by then ....well then kick the back button Buford ...you ain't
worthy and get that frickin cat outta here!