A Photographic Exploration
by Gary Ricketts
About the Book
Taking photographs instead of pictures is what I try to do.
By that, I mean the image must mean something: emotionally, intellectually, and/or aesthetically. To accomplish that is a great challenge.
Inside these pages are some photographs I believe achieved that goal. There are also some I thought fell short. However, those photographs are included because to my surprise many people thought they fit the above definition.
Several of those turned out to be award winners and best sellers—those which I thought were just so-so photographs.
It always amazes me that some of my photographs, which I think are clunkers, are the ones that get the most attention.
But, as they say, "It's in the eye of the beholder".
Gary Ricketts, after a life-long career in television production and management, retired from the ABC Television Network at the end of 2007. One of the highlights of his career was covering the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, for which Gary received one of his three Emmys. In addition to thousands of ABC Sports telecasts during his career, Gary participated in covering Presidential Inaugurations, and the Philippine Revolution for ABC News. Gary's interest in photography also spans several decades. When he was shooting 35mm Kodachrome color slides in the 1970's, several of his photographs were published in regional magazines and newspapers. Today, Gary's photographs come from a Canon digital SLR camera and are shot using the RAW format, which preserves the maximum amount of original image data. In other words, a RAW file is a virtual or digital negative. The digital negative is “developed” in Photoshop where the dynamic range of the RAW file results in stunning photographic images.