The SLV Steve Gallery

Each year I organize the archives at the website to hopefully allow for a greater ease in finding pics throughout the years. As of this posting there are over 60,100 pics – both hidden and public – for people to browse through. I will try to guide everyone to where galleries have come to rest…

All 2019 fire service pics have moved to the main fire archive here:

https://slv-steve.smugmug.com/Fire-Service

From there all agency pics have moved to their own department’s folder, the few galleries that remain in 2019 (as in the older ones also) is if it is impossible to separate the pics because so many groups were present (like the academy pics and fundraisers).

Law enforcement is also similar and all of them got moved here:

https://slv-steve.smugmug.com/Archives-Law-Enforcement

From there though I kept all of the original galleries as it seems improbable to try and change all of those; if any owners of the private galleries need the new links to the restricted files please contact me anytime.

All pictures for this year will get added to new folder:

https://slv-steve.smugmug.com/Archives-2020

The school district archives are the exception and previous years have been brought over to this section.

If anyone cannot find their older pictures please contact me and I will make sure you can find them as there will probably be several glitches in the matrix….

SLV Steve 2019

I wanted to wait a month or so before writing about what this whole SLV Steve thing is about since getting the truck. But more importantly – I wanted to explain why I do this.

SLV Steve is Steve Kuehl (me), a dude that served a couple decades in the fire service in this county and a stint overseas, got into photography when the fire department photog before me retired in 1989…stuck with it ever since.
The fire service never left my heart, so after the store I had opened for a decade in the SLV closed, I changed the titling and headers to SLV Steve (from SLV Video) and kept a wholehearted support of the fire service through capturing moments. Five years ago, I started to store them online for others to see.
My picture habits and edits have changed through these years and people became interested in what I was doing. With over 5,000 followers accumulating on various platforms, with more threats of fires and more strains upon the emergency systems locally, and a definite need to educate the public properly in a digital age about what happens in our county, I decided to make this thing a full-time operation covering all of the agencies in the county of Santa Cruz.


I work hard to maintain a level of respect in covering these agencies that does not involve employment or money from any media, does not involve the stringer or nightcrawler mentality (as both are the battle I fight daily from those who are still learning they can trust me – and that I am not THAT guy). Unfortunately, there is one photog like that in Santa Cruz that creates so much heartache for the emergency services with his pictures and attitude…so even in this small county there is always a thorn in my profession.

Meanwhile, CalFire signed me on as a photographer for this ranger unit, the local school district cleared me for shooting any/all of their campuses and events, and the local law agencies chiefs have seen that I am genuine in wanting to help them with my work (I believe most fire groups already knew that).

I have a great many plans and ideas for how this thing will help, benefit and serve our agencies and our communities. And this truck was a big part of that. All of these pics were taken at various incidents while I was shooting. Plenty more to follow – but I wanted to start the conversation…

Something Lost from My Past

World Discoverer

 

I once spent a few months of my life on this ship that helped shape who I became for more years than I can count…sad to see how some things turn out in life…as I once wrote about years ago; I am glad my parents don’t know this outcome for a once beautiful ship…

Great read of who has influenced my pic work…

https://www.cake.co/conversations/0MfTrry/the-fascinating-history-of-bay-photo-and-its-founder-larry-abitbol/dB5bFgQ

Showing Your Children a Beloved Story

(post removed..)..All of the posts containing her name(s) or ways of identification have been removed at request from the last 7 years…as much as it hurts and makes me so sad…I still always do what a beloved asks…I hope someday to be enough to someone – together or not – that relishes in the story and shares in those times openly because I may actually be worth it..

Local Media Writing About Me..

That whole month was so surreal…

Between the First Friday gallery at the BC Brewery Outpost and this article being front page…I felt so blessed to have had so much support during such trying personal times…I wish I could thank those behind the scenes that have been so loving to me – that unfortunately won’t be acknowledged…

Hope my pics helped with some part of this story…

A few of my pics that helped record a beautiful story…

A worthy read that hits a great deal of how I feel..

The Lack of Gentle Platonic Touch in Men’s Lives is a Killer

A Reminder of Why I Take the Pics I do

Some of my public pics this year…

I wish I could share all of the others – but some of the shoots I do are for those souls only – but still beautiful in so many ways. Just felt like sharing what I have left in this life that gives something to the area I live within…so much of my film work is cataloged at the firehouse…I hope should any of you wish to see those pics that you can go to the BCFD office and ask to be able to look through the albums in there..anything from the early 1990s through 2005 was typically taken by me…Leo Kuhnlein before that time frame…

Two Generations of Fire Service (of the four that exist in our family)

I have no reminisce of anniversary or cause of date for this post – other than to share with others what two people tried to give to others here in our valley…my dad gave so eloquently upon the taxpayers of BCFPD thru financial skill and eloquent leadership – me to the people that called for help and needed a hand to pull them from their temporary moments of hell…

Four Generations: (My great-grandfather served in Michigan as a firefighter in Wolverine, my grandfather in Lake Havasu City as a founding member and leader – and then Dad from the 1960s up to the 2010s)…and then I thru various years)

We both left that department we loved unwillingly – his thru death and mine thru the narrow-minded actions of others…but somehow we will talk again someday of this department and town…like we did thru the years that so many could never understand or know about because of internal or external conflict that could affect the betterment of others…

Moments lost in time…