Photography captures a moment and makes it last forever. It’s the specialty of Mark Ritchie, a longtime Gig Harbor resident whose landscape photography is on display at Ebb Tide Gallery on Pioneer Way.
He also was chosen to be the gallery’s featured artist during the First Saturday Art Walk on Aug. 3. Ritchie’s work will be available there throughout August.
Ritchie, who has been involved with photography since he was a kid, acquired his first camera when he was 12.
He was a polymer chemist and involved with science throughout his career. But he always had a passion for landscape photography.
“It’s great fun,” Ritchie said.
Landscapes don’t move, and some might think they would be easy to capture, but Ritchie said that’s not the case. He takes about 10 photographs to get one he can accept.
“You have to be very patient for landscape photography,” Ritchie said.
Ritchie looks up to others, like Ansel Adams, and always has been a fan of beautiful landscapes.
“There are so many great photographers in my life,” he said.
Ritchie’s work features areas mostly from the West Coast, particularly the Pacific Northwest and Gig Harbor. The bay and fishing fleets make for great scenery and photographs, he said.
A particular scene can make a variety of different shots. The weather, time, sunset or sunrise all can change the effects on the same suuroundings.
“There is endless opportunity,” Ritchie said.