Their World, Our World by John Ritchie

I've published a new body of work entitled "Their World, Our World."

Dog Nappers

Dog Nappers

People do fascinating things in the world we share.  Self-engaged, they are puzzling, amusing, and energizing.  We imagine ourselves in what we see others do, in the way they interact with their environment.  We learn about ourselves from the way they move in their world, which is our world.

I photograph people's moments in their world so we can share them, to study them, to learn about our shared world.

Ekphrasis III by John Ritchie


My photograph "Matea" inspired poet Timothy Black to write a poem as part of the Ekphrasis III exhibition.

The exhibit is an annual collaboration between the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild and the poetry club at Linn Benton Community College.  PAG members submit candidate photographs to the poetry club members, each of whom selects one photograph that inpires a poem.  The resulting collection of poetry and photographs is exhibited on the LBCC campus.  A catalog of the assembled works is published as a small booklet.

I'm happy to have "Matea" selected and exhibited because she's an extraordinary girl and a delight to work with.  My brief photo shoot with her was one of the most fun I've had and it makes me glad to share the outcome of it.  I'm pleased that Matea's photograph was selected for the back cover of the exhibit catalog as well.

The exhibit is on display at the South Santiam Hall on the Albany LBCC campus. It runs from February 2nd to 27th.

The exhibit catalog is available for preview and purchase from Blurb:

Night/People - August 26th through September 30th 2014 by John Ritchie


The fascinating people I've met while out doing night photography have inspired me to learn to photograph them.  I often use night photography techniques when photographing people, which brings out unusual aspects of their personality.

I will be exhibiting a collection of photographs in a solo show at the Unitarian Church in Corvallis from August 26th through September 30th 2014.  The exhibit, entitled "Night/People," highlights my transition from peaceful night photographs to photos of people, mostly at night.

The exhibit can be seen at:

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis

2946 NW Circle Blvd., Corvallis

Hours are 9:30AM to 1 PM Tues - Thur (until mid-September, then Mon-Fri) and when open for special events.