The Magic of Digital Fine Art Photography
(Published December 10, 2010)

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This book is a collection of fine art photographs created by David. One definition of fine art is “a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness.” The word “fine” does not so much denote the quality of the artwork in question as it does the purity of the discipline.

Fine art photography refers to photographs that are created to fulfill the creative vision of the photographer, that is, to express her/his artistic perceptions and emotions, and to share them with others. Fine art photography stands in contrast to photojournalism, commercial photography, and snapshots.

The medium of photography has usually been used historically to accurately record what is “out there” in consensus reality. Not so with David Ritchey's current work in which he strives to depict his “inner vision” and/or personal response to subjects. Many of the techniques he employs are intended to blur the distinctions between photographs and paintings. The resulting images, rather than providing the viewer with answers, tend to raise questions that can only be answered by introspection.

His photographs have been described as “definite yet yielding, detailed yet ethereal, subjective, emotional and profound.” In his own words: “My energy is directed toward capturing the emotional impact of what I see. I'm looking for the 'soul' of my subject, whether it is animate or inanimate. What is important to me is the quintessential being, not the tangible reality, of whatever it is that I happen to be photographing.”


“[Ritchey] abstracts otherwise mundane objects into strong compositions that emphasize color contrasts and patterns.”
- New York Times

“… beautiful arrangements of color and form. … I found myself referring to the photographs as paintings, perhaps because of the richness of color.”
- Art Matters

“Dramatic graphic illustrations of nature at her finest.”
- New Hope Gazette

“[Ritchey's] eye for both color and design is excellent.”
- New York Times

“[Ritchey is] a truly impressive colorist … [with an] impeccable sense of composition and design.”
- Artspeak