My past experiences have included: high school dropout, numerous variable jobs including farm labour, radio station juggling talk-show calls on tape and spinning discs for announcers, painting houses, and much more. Quit the radio station to travel via motorcycle to Mexico, British Honduras (now Belize). Upon return attended college as an adult student taking communication arts. I saw TV production as my vocation. Quickly disillusioned with television, I turned to photography, for which I seemed to have an unknown talent. I was consumed, hooked for life.
Photography was new to me, I hadn’t owned a camera and, sadly, had not taken any photos of my four-month trip in Central America.
Graduated, I began freelance work in London. Married with a child and another on the way, we moved to the country near Aylmer, Ontario. Since being a kid, having both lived in cities and in a small town, visiting my grandparents’ farm and then later working on farms, I wanted to get out of the city.
Built a local freelance photography business and set up a darkroom. Corporate work for Imperial Tobacco opened a lot of doors until they closed their doors in 2007. I also got part-time work on farms, learning how to handle tractors and implements.
Managed a cash crop farm with a feedlot for absentee farm owner until his death. Moved again to a house outside of Aylmer and set up a studio. I had an opportunity to purchase a camera shop in Aylmer. We built a studio and did portraiture, industrial and commercial photography, plus retail sales of photo equipment and frames. I soon got fed up of studio portraiture and replaced the studio with a colour film processing and printing lab while continuing the commercial work. We sold the business in 2001.
I have lived on a farm outside of Aylmer for many years now. I have a wonderful daughter and son who have both been successful. Sadly, they live far away.
In 2002 I took an epic motorcycle journey through three provinces and nineteen states, visiting my son in Vancouver and daughter in L.A. Explored the southwestern states. The following year I rode to Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, and Gaspe. I was well equipped with cameras and lenses, having learned that lesson in Central America.
I still ride motorcycles but have retired from free-lance photography. I work at home, custom framing, restoring photos, scanning films and writing.
Unless otherwise credited, all photographs are © David Ritchie and may not be used without my permission.
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