I was born in the port city of Muskegon, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan, on October 2, 1934. As a youngster, I had a Brownie Hawkeye camera that was given to me by my parents, and that piqued my interest in photography at an early age. I was always taking snapshots whenever and wherever possible. At that time, I never considered that one day I might be trying to sell my work. Later in life, when my walls started filling up, I started giving my pictures away for anniverseries, birthdays, etc. About fifteen years ago friends started encouraging me to try and market my photography, so now, after following their advice, I have images hanging in homes and offices from coast to coast.
I served over seven years in the U. S. Air Force, retiring early for medical reasons in 1962. My last assignment was Goodfellow AFB, in San Angelo, Texas. The healthy climate served me well, so my wife, Ann and I decided the make the city our permanent home. For income, I was a professional saxophonist for nearly 40 years, augmented with daytime sales positions. I am now retired and make photography my full-time avocation.
I am a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and a member of the International Freelance Photographers Organization.
My work has been published in the following publications and locations.
Cover photo – National Wildlife Magazine
Cover photo – The Messenger – Weekly magazine for New Brunswick,Canada
Cover Photo – “See No Evil, Speak No Evil” – book by Ross McSwain
Cover Photo – “Out Yonder and Beyond” – book by Ross McSwain
Self-published book: “Birds, Beasts’ and Buttes”.
Self-published book: “My World of Nature”.
DVD “The World of Bob Zeller Outdoor Photographer”.
National Wildlife Magazine – three times illustrations for articles
Wild West Magazine – illustrated article
Photographers Forum Magazine
San Angelo Standard Times
Texas Farm and Ranch Magazine – advertisement ad
Texas Heritage Travel Guide – published by Texas Monthly
Interpretive Brochures for San Angelo State Park.
Mural for McDonald’s Restaurant
San Angelo Country Club
Quicksand Golf Course
San Angelo Visitor’s Center billboard.
Through numerous art shows, I have prints hanging in homes and offices from coast to coast.