The work

What is unique about Ryan’s work?

His ability to capture the essence of an area in a single image is unique. Be it a landscape or a street scene, Ryan’s photographs transport you as his viewer to a specific spot, allowing you to share in his experience. Allow yourself to look at his images and simply feel. Tranquility and serenity come across in his landscape photography, while a sense of wonder and exploration shows in his travel pieces. It is the story behind the image -- the reason for its existence -- that sets his work apart.

“When I first dabbled in photography, the technical aspect of learning the craft intrigued me; however, as my proficiency with the camera grew, there was something noticeably lacking in my work. For me, that was emotion. Not that all photos must make an emotional statement, but a photograph should make you feel something…to connect you in some way. My success as a photographer is measured in those connections viewers make with my work. Art by its nature needs to inspire the viewer.”

What does it take to be a named photograph?

Many photographs go through our rigorous editing process to receive a name and to become offered to the public. The body of work you see is the culmination of hours upon hours of specifically hand-picking only the best photographs out of thousands of images.

From the start

A typical photography trip will start with Ryan shooting thousands of frames. Many are variations on setups, including different vantages, crops and viewpoints. He takes all of the images in the hopes of getting one or two spectacular images per trip. Sometimes it doesn’t happen, and sometimes a trip can yield four or five images. It all depends on the weather and mother-nature’s generosity.

Once back in the studio with the images loaded on the computer and backed up to the server, Ryan ignores them. He takes time to forget the images. This allows him to view his work with a more objective eye. Once time has passed, he edits what he captured down to 20-30 images. These are then lightly edited (dust removed and color and exposure corrected only), printed in small format and pinned to a large wall. He then returns day after day to edit with sticky notes and sharpies. It is a unique process.

He then prints the finalists himself, frames and places them in his home for him and his wife to enjoy with their family and friends. This is the final test for an image! Can the photographer himself look at an image in his own home for months at a time and still love it? Well, if the images pass this final test, they receive a name and are made available for sale.

All told, the process does not take days or weeks; it takes months. Ryan does it this way purposefully. It forces him to slow down, analyze what he’s doing and respect the process.