Gary Cullen

Mare Island Revisited is the work of amateur photographer Gary Cullen.


Gary, who was born and raised in Vallejo, witnessed first hand the Islands pageantry during the early years of his life, only to witness first hand the eventual mismanagement. He has captured the abandonment, the neglect, and finally the decay in his dark, cold photos…

DSC_0015 DSC_0022Gary is a self-taught photographer. Having recently retired, after thirty-four years as a Registered Nurse in the local community, Gary started focusing on his passion for photography. With no special training, other then his intuition of what will look good through a lens, and having the luck of the Irish at being in the right place at the right time, Gary has used his cameras to capture a nice collection of “Urban Decay” photography taken from the local area.

Gary loves capturing the many dark secrets that reflect the dereliction and dilapidation of a previously inhabited urban existence. His technique is simply to use what comes naturally with light and shadows provided.

The mix of neglect, anonymity, oxidation, and nature take on a beauty of it’s own.



Gary’s work was recently on display at San Francisco Camerawork, in there Cover To Cover: A Survey of Artists Members’ Photo Books. The display ran from July 10 to Saturday, August 24, 2013. His work is currently on display at The Hub – 350 Georgia Street in downtown Vallejo.

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