Roma and Dave on one of their many photographic adventures now being chronicled at DaveMcCoyPhoto.com (Photo courtesy Penny McCoy)
The online photo journal of Eastern Sierra Skiing Pioneer, Dave McCoy
When Dave McCoy retired from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, after spending more than 50 years building the resort from the ground up, he turned to photography as his next adventure. The skiing pioneer has recently started a new blog website at www.DaveMcCoyPhoto.com to share his love of photography and the Eastern Sierra. The blog pairs Dave’s commentary with unique Eastern Sierra landscape and wildlife images.
“… Dave’s commentary adds a new dimension to the experience. I feel as if I am on the journey with him. Thanks for the treat,” says one guest to DaveMcCoyPhoto.com.
Beginning in the 1930s, Dave used a Leica camera to document the early days of Mammoth. Upon his departure from the ski resort, Dave’s longtime friends gave him a camera that defined his post-management years and gave his passion for life a new outlet. Dave now spends much of his time traversing the Eastern Sierra on Rhinos (all-terrain vehicles) and shooting photos with his wife, Roma.
Brandon Russell has assisted Dave since 2005. Their partnership includes photo organization, professional printing, framing, archiving, and photo production. Dave and Brandon run a print lab from the McCoy’s ranch in Bishop where local painter and builder Randy Myers makes frames by hand for Dave’s prints. Dave sells his best work at the Mammoth Ski Museum and at several businesses in Bishop and Mammoth. All proceeds are donated to the Mammoth Lakes Foundation.
“The family and the community were always a big part of our success…” Dave says. “It shows that no man does anything alone. Now, my camera’s eye keeps making the Eastern Sierra a place for all of us to enjoy.”