About Susan


This is me -  SusanThis is me – Susan.  This is how I look pretty much all of the time.  A little tired, more or less in style (well, probably on the less side), reddish hair, one eye a little smaller than the other, and a smile.  The smile probably defines me as much as the tiredness.  I’m working on that last, though.

I’m retired – taught 7th-grade language arts – the last of my 25+ jobs.  (That’s another post.)  They all had a common thread, however – pictures.  I’ve been taking pictures since I was a kid.  It wasn’t until I turned to photography seriously, and then photo collage, that I realized that I had always been taking pictures.

Without me and my Brownie Kodak, we wouldn’t have pictures of our Christmases when we were little, or our vacations (there weren’t many of those), or relatives.  So actually, I was documenting more than just taking pretty photos.

I continue to document just about everything which drives my family nuts sometimes.  But I’m making the memories we’ll look back on – I’m turning the raw material into stories.  And I’m sticking with that story – because it’s true.

15 Responses to “About Susan”

  1. Remie Rahman says:

    Dear Susan,

    Hello, my name is Remie Rahman. I’m a student at the University of California Riverside. I came across your photo, Me And My Shadow, and I really loved it. I was hoping that I could probably use it as a background for an Anti-Hazing poster. I do not want to use your photo without your permission, so please if I could use please consider it and e-mail me back. If you would like, we will put your name at the bottom of each poster made to acknowledge your photo. Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.


    Remie Rahman

  2. Dear Ms. Reep,

    I also have a photo request. I am wondering if I could use the photo of the girl and boy standing by the Roar & Snore sign in an article that is set to be published on the Parent USA City website on October 6 or 10. The article is by California writer Lori Zanteson, and it’s about sleepovers at museums etc. I would of course identify you as the photographer.

    Sincerely yours,
    Barbara MacRobie

  3. Lucinda McDermott says:

    This note is for Eddie Reep… I am Lucinda Boand McDermott, the eldest daughter of Harry Boand Jr. who considered you to be a dear friend. I am saddened to say that after a full and active life right to the end our dear Father past away January 3rd, 2011. His still proudly displays your paintings, the ones we grew up with, in his office/library. If you would like more info. you may reach me at Dr.McD@sbcglobal.net

  4. Hi Susan,

    I’m in a band with a friend of mine and we were looking for a picture for our second single which we want to release tomorrow (April 25th). The song is called “FirstClass” and I thought a very fitting picture for the song and title would be the one you took called “Sky from plane.jpg” . I just wanted to get your permission to use your photo for our single. I can also send you the song. I hope to hear from you soon


  5. Nathan Ursch says:

    Hi Susan,

    I love your photography, especially from your trip to Morocco. My wife and are starting a business importing rugs from the Berber tribes of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Unfortunately, we have not traveled yet to the region and have no photos of the landscape and how these amazing people live. You have several on your blog I would love to use. Our website is launching in about a month. Our idea is to have a rotating gallery of our rugs mixed with a few regional pictures. Would you be so kind as to allow us to use a few photos? I would give you full credit for your work?

    Let me know if this is acceptable.



  6. Hi Susan,
    I found a photo on your site that illustrates fast paced life and the felt sense of it nicely. I’d like to use it on a blog post about chakra balancing. I’d be happy to give you credit and a link back. Let me know if this is OK. If not I will remove the photo.

  7. Margaret Sherman says:

    My Mom left me an old postcard mailed November 28, 1938 from Hawaii from Martin Clark to my Grandparents Mr. & Mrs Al Palmieri in South Ozone Park, New York. Just came across it today & googled his name. I enjoyed the story you posted. My Mom left a note on the postcard that said: ” My Aunt Lil used to date Marty Clark, Champian Fighter of Hawaii in the 30’s. Then he went there in the war.” On the postcard he wrote: ” Hi Ya Folk’s. Who says it doesn’t snow in Hawaii. Just take a good look at this card it tells it’s own story. Am coming home soon. Expect to be home sometime in April. Drop a line to PFC Martin Clark soon”. Just thought I would share this with you. My daughter moved to Hawaii 3 years ago to teach spec ed. Small world.

  8. Hello Susan,
    I’m Jean and Gordon Mellor’s son. Your Dad and my parents were at Art Center School on 7th Street in downtown Los Angles before WW II. Then your Dad and my Dad were stationed at Fort Ord together in late 1941. They collaborated on three murals for Stilwell Hall in the ladies sitting room of the enlisted man’s club. I have some black and white photos and line drawings of some of the figures used in the mural. I have tried to research what has happened to these works of art, but have only found dead ends. Stilwell Hall was remodeled twice and in 1997 was demolished as the base was closed. Some of the artwork was saved and later restored and installed at California State University at Monterey Bay campus on the old Fort Ord property. But the Mellor, Reep and Kalina mural was not one of the saved pieces of art. Do you have any information, memory or could talk with your Dad on this subject. I can send you an image of the installed mural and some of the other images. I recently received from my step mother a journal book that my Mother had put together during the war years. Your Dad wrote a short note in late 1942/early 1943 to say that he had seen the installed murals at the Fort and they looked GREAT….I believe your Dad had left Fort Ord in the middle of the project for Officers Training School on the east coast. I have talked with a Sally Smith, of East Boothbay Harbor, ME and Monterey, CA., she was the lead person in saving the remaining murals at Stilwell Hall in the late 1990’s. She traveled to Monterey, late last winter and talked with others that were involved in the rescue of the remaining art before the wrecking ball, but that hasn’t produced any news, as of yet. My Dad passed away in 2001 at age 83 and my Mother back in 1981 at 62, which seems like a lifetime ago. But since receiving the journals, it is an art mystery and treasure hunt, that I need to pursue to the end, if only for my children to keep in touch with their grandparents and their friends. I know time is quickly closing on the “Greatest Generation”, my father in law will be turning 90 next month, he was a 18 year old sailor at Pearl Harbor on December 7th. He did travel back for the 70th anniversary last December and stood with the other 100 or so survivors at the ceremony. So, if you can help or we can share in the mystery, it would be much appreciated. I hope to be hearing from you soon. Please give your Dad my best.
    Thanks, Debbie and Mark Mellor…Boothbay Harbor, Maine

  9. Rob Reep says:

    Dear Susan, If research is correct, I believe we are distant cousins (eons removed). I am 24 yers old and live in Warren, Arkansas. I own fossilhd.com, a humanities online website. I also own an online news website that is local in coverage and produce documentary films. As a hobby, I oil paint. For years, I have been interested in your father’s work. I am currently working on an article for fossilhd.com about him and his works. Is there a way I can contact you via email?

    I loved seeing your photos in Washington, D.C. My mother is a history teacher. For 20 years she took her students to D.C. in the summers. I went with her everytime except one. That particular year, I was interning for our Congressman in D.C.

    I am a descendant of Adolphus Riebenmacher who came to America in the early 1700’s and settled in North Carolina. The small community in which he settled was later named after his son. It is called Reepsville. Several years ago I traveled to Reepsville, found his grave and the church he helped build. I also went to the battlesite of Ramsour’s Mill where he was killed during the American Revolution by Tories. I love family history.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

  10. Lydia says:

    Hi Susan,

    I was wondering if I could use one of your photos to help educate people about bee use in Agriculture.
    I am working for the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (http://www.cuesa.org/) putting together a booth at the San Francisco farmers markets to teach people about the importance of bees in our agricultural practices. I’m having a hard time finding a picture of migratory beekeeping (bees loaded on trucks) and was really excited to see your picture as it exactly the shot I need for the education display (http://susanreep.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/IMG_1121.jpg)
    May I use it?
    It will not be sold or distributed, only used as an image at the education display.

    Hope to hear form you soon.

  11. Ashley says:

    Hi Susan – Not sure how to get in contact but wondering if one of your photos of The Gates is available for framing in a residential setting? Please let me know! Ashley

  12. Timothy Black says:

    I also have a question about one of your photos. please contact me

  13. Don Richmond says:

    Hi Susan,
    I have been meaning to write for some time. I followed you on Twitter, but wanted to explain. Several years ago, I bought your dad’s painting, “Black Rose”, in Los Angeles Modern Auctions, and sometime later they informed me that Ed wanted to reach out to me. I provided them my phone number, and soon heard his voice on my answering machine. We did eventually have a nice long chat about the painting and others, and I noted that he was very hurt over the loss of his wife. I asked him if I could call him back sometime to talk more, and he said he would enjoy that. Unfortunately, I never followed up, and then I read that he had passed away. My sincere condolences to you and your family for your loss. I’ve never been able to delete his message from my answering machine. I won’t go on here, but did want to let you know about my interest in his art, and would love to discuss more some time.

    Best regards,


  14. Dear Susan Reep,

    I am making a film about two American soldiers, Harold Kozloff and Leo Litwak, drafted into the U.S. army and swept into the throws of World War Two as infantrymen. They both took diametrically opposed paths as they confronted war. Harold discovered that he was able to kill Nazis and was good at it, and Leo determined he was unwilling to kill, but willing to serve as a medic, providing medical aid to soldiers in combat.
    In support of their stories I am using film from the National Archive and art from the U.S. Army Center for Military History. In my research I discovered your father’s amazing paintings of World War Two, and am writing you in regard to obtaining permission to include some of his art work in this documentary?
    My goal in making this film “Harold & Leo at War”, is to begin a conversation, which addresses the hidden personal cost of asking citizens to go to war as a means to resolve conflicts, between nations. This is not a criticism of World War Two, but rather a new look at the horror of combat.

    William Farley
    September 2016

  15. Dear Susan Reep,

    I am making a film about two American soldiers, Harold Kozloff and Leo Litwak, drafted into the U.S. army and swept into the throws of World War Two as infantrymen. In support of their stories I am using film from the National Archive and art from the U.S. Army Center for Military History. In my research I discovered your father’s amazing paintings of World War Two, and am writing you in regard to obtaining permission to include some of his art work in this documentary?
    William Farley
    September 2016

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