Unless otherwise credited, all photographs are © David Ritchie and may not be used without my permission.
Landscapes are almost a secondary subject to me. My main influences have always been documentary, social photography. Rough, gritty B&W was, and still is, my love. Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Dorothea Lang, Bourke-White, Bill Brandt, and many other pioneers set my path. Today Sabastio Salgado and Larry Towell are standouts.
I always like Salvador Dali and later discovered Jerry Uelsman. My infra-red film period was very much influenced by surrealism.
“Landscapes” to me include environmental recordings that don’t include humans, but may include man-made things. It’s a vague term and who cares? There are no rules!
Dunboyne Cemetery 2019
Thomas Talbot Grave, Elgin County 2019
Grain Elevators, Aylmer 1993
St Marys Ontario 1993
Willow Trees 1990 Infra-red film
Great Blue Heron, Baptiste Lake, 1987 A slow approach in a canoe did not alarm the heron. I managed 7 exposures before it flew off.
Wheat Field, Malahide Township 1987
Pine Tree, Elgin County 1988
Manitoulin Island, Ontario
Sumac, Malahide 2018 Snow on April 6. A fleeting scene, the snow melted within hours.
Wall, Wire, Weed (actually, a wild grape vine) The shadows pulled me into the scene. This image photographed in 6x7cm format. The detail is amazing in a large print.
Tobacco Kilns, Elgin County Getting to be a rare sight here
Catt Line, Malahide Township The kilns and trees are long gone.
Morning Fog, Elgin County
Bullrushes aka Cat Tails A threatened species due to Phragmite invasion
Near Belmont Infra-red film Sadly, this tree is also gone.
Red-Tailed Hawk 1990 Definitely not a landscape, but part of the landscape.
Autumn Hay, Elgin County
Springwater Forest Elgin County 1998
Lake Erie view 2019
Quaker Meeting House, Sparta ON 2017
Redwoods National Park CA Taken on my motorcycle journey 2002
Monument Valley, Arizona 2002