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About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.

Comanche Territory & Frontier Towns

When I have a road trip planned, it’s easier to wake up early.  Granted, I don’t usually leave at 5:00 AM, but on Sunday that is what I did.  I was attending a quarterly Oklahoma Route 66 Association meeting in … Continue reading

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A Model Ford

I celebrated Independence Day near the banks of the Arkansas River in Tulsa.  My perch was an exterior stairwell on the sixth floor of the Sophian Plaza, about a mile away from the city’s largest nighttime fireworks display.  Lately I’ve … Continue reading

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iPhone – 10 Years Later

In 2007, I was a technical support manager for Cingular Wireless, soon-to-be AT&T.  I’d been with the company six years at that point and had been there for the transition from pagers to one-way-text capable phones to monophonic ringtones to … Continue reading

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On the Road with Michael – Home Again

This is the final entry in my series about my time with Michael Wallis on the Midwest leg of his book tour for, “The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny“.  If you’ve missed … Continue reading

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On the Road with Michael – The Best Land Under Heaven

(other installments of this series here) Tuesday, the final full day of my journey with Michael Wallis.  We got off to an early start since we had a drive to Illinois first thing.  Before we even left St Louis, though, … Continue reading

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On the Road with Michael – St Louis III

Our last day in St Louis served as a bridge between the Route 66 world that Michael Wallis is so associated with and the western history that serves as the backbone of his literary output.  It included a literal bridge, … Continue reading

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On the Road with Michael – St Louis II

(other installments of this series here) Sunday was another gloriously slow morning.  I drank coffee & ate the last two donuts from the Donut Drive-In while I looked out my window at the flower bed.  I checked the news, did … Continue reading

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