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For more than two decades Harry Ridgway has traveled and photographed the American desert southwest. In his images he strives to capture the mood and essence of a place and a moment in time. A collection of Ridgway's original works are on permenant display at his "Ghost Winds Gallery" located in Rodeo, New Mexico, USA. Private gallery viewings may be arranged by appointment. 

Why I make photographs?

"In my photographs I try to reveal something about the spirit of a place at a particular moment. But this is a trick that has more often than not evaded my noblest intentions, which is all the more reason I keep struggling with this most elusive endeavor." - Harry Ridgway

Harry Ridgway was born in New Jersey and in 1959 his parents relocated to California. The move west was transformational and during these formative years his father led the family on many excursions into the western deserts and mountains. The adventures instilled within Ridgway a deep respect and gratitude for the rugged beauty and stark vastness of the southwest. Ridgway learned photography as a student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the mid 1970's. In those early days there was no digital photography. Each image was instead hand crafted in the darkroom. While darkroom techniques were limited compared to modern digital methods, the creative process was the same. Since the 1980's Ridgway has made many forays into the remote back country of the Colorado Plateau where he gradually honed his photographic skills. His images have been exhibited at galleries in California and New Mexico. In recent years he has had the privilege of studying with Jay Dusard, Jack Dykinga, Bruce Barbaum and others.

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