In 1943, Robert Carlisle joined the Navy and requested Photography as his work preference. After Boots he was assigned to the USS Chilton, APA38 out of Newport, RI. Then to the USS MONA ISLAND, ARG-9, which served in the South Pacific until 1946. As a Boatswain Mate, he continued his interest in photography. Did a few years in the Seabees and served in Grondal, Greenland as a Construction Driver and Mechanic.
Mr Carlisle requested Photo School again and was granted Photo School in 1949. He graduated as a PH2 and was assigned USS FDR, CVB-42 and was promoted to PH1 and sent to Photo School as an Instructor in 1952. His collection of Navy images began during WWII and continued as a member of the photo community. His collection grew and by the time of his retirement after his 45 year career, he amassed a collection of over 10,000 photos.After retiring in 1986, Bob was aware that many former Sailors are interested in obtaining prints of their former ships.
Artistry with a Camera
People continue to be the most important subjects for the artist with brush, the author with pen, the sculptor with chisel, and the photographer with camera.
A combination of people and nature appears to be the most successful method of capturing the total scene. The photography displayed here blends God’s creations with an ingredient I call “Artistry with a Camera”.
Unfortunately, most people pass through life without sharing in its joy. The artist must through his sensitivity and selectivity display the visual excitement of the world in a way that will enrich and reward those who are less fortunate that he in seeing in a special way.
The camera records but does not “see”; the imagination see many things not recordable on film; therefore combining what the lens records with what the mind sees, is my idea of art. Each person walks along his expression of art.
It is my photography, captured with an instrument that I look upon as an extension of my own body, that projects my loves, fears, and convictions. Communication can be a written or a visual statement. No two people see or think alike. Therefore, everyone’s statement is different. I welcome your interest in mine.
Robert A. Carlisle
Service patches worn by Robert Carlisle
I think that I shall never see
Upon shore stations or at sea,
A guy who screams at half past five
“Turn out youse guys an’ look alive.”
Upon whose chest is tattooed “Min”
An ‘ upon each arm is U.S.N.,
A guy who may in summer wear
A chipping hammer in his hair.
Upon whose brow salt spray has blown
And often times, a holy-stone,
Some guys can make a dozen rates
But only God – makes Boatswain’s Mates.
Dedicated to Bob Carlisle
Coxswain, 1st. Division
USS MONA ISLAND ARG-9