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SandCastlers \ Grown men playing like children – All photos and captions by Terry Ratner

Editor: Please welcome photographer and writer Terry Ratner to the OB Rag, as today’s collection of photos of OBceans begins her possible weekly column entitled, “OBserved”.

By Terry Ratner / Special to the OB Rag

I’m an OBserver, a voyeur, a paparazzi of everyday people.

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CATCHER IN THE RYE \ OB has the most literary beachgoers

When the opportunity strikes, I have to be quick to click in order to capture the moment. OB serves as my canvas, my street theater, my Haight Ashbury on the beach with its rich texture of OBceans—locals, transients, and tourists who made the wrong turn on their way to Mission Beach and then decided to stay.

I’ll do anything for a good photo.

I’ve climbed bar tables on balconies overlooking Newport Avenue zooming in on unsuspecting subjects.

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Seven-year old diva \ Imagining life as a model

At times I’m close enough to smell the unwashed and read the tats on their navels. I’ve snapped drug deals as they went down, lovers groping in public, and grown men playing as if they were children.

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Smoke N’ Ice \ Each fulfilling their own addiction

I’ve run down streets, twisting my body in contorted positions to obtain the ideal shot from the perfect angle.

Then shoot and shoot again.

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Two Dudes \ RIP: I wonder what happened to Marc, Allen, Josh, Zona, and Kyle


{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

rocky August 7, 2015 at 11:30 am

geeh my cat takes better pics


Dana August 10, 2015 at 6:31 am

Rocky, could you post a photo of your cat?


Geoff Page August 10, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Not a photo of the cat, a photo the cat took so we can compare them.


Fred Dobbs August 7, 2015 at 11:42 am

I like em!


Debbie August 7, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Keep it up….and thanks!


Aimee August 7, 2015 at 1:21 pm

I really love this photos! They have an artsy, vintage feel to them!


Fiona August 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Loved the photos. Keep them coming!


gristmiller August 7, 2015 at 3:46 pm



David Bair August 7, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Great shots! Look forward to seeing more of your work.


Judith August 7, 2015 at 6:21 pm

Wonderful pics. You really caught the moment.


Jeanette August 8, 2015 at 5:33 am

Like the pic/comment pairings. Good weekly column material.


south OB girl August 8, 2015 at 9:22 am

Nice!! You keep us guessing what all you decide to post editor dude :) ;)


Candy Ellis August 8, 2015 at 9:42 am

Terry just keeps showing her talent, not only as a writer, but photographer too. Loved the pics, keep them coming!


Brenda August 9, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Yes, really nice! Talk about chance favoring the prepared mind, eyes, and body. Beach people out there are way more relaxed and natural than what you see on Lauderdale beach (if you go there, that is; it’s not recommended).


Dana August 10, 2015 at 6:30 am

Great pictures! I agree, they have a vintage look – the backgrounds are a bit softened. I feel a bit voyeuristic because your subjects appear unaware they’re being photographed. I imagine you climbing on a table (as you said), pointing, shooting – and running! :)


liz hufford August 10, 2015 at 6:59 am

A mixed media column–what a good idea–pics and perspectives on OB life.


Linda August 10, 2015 at 7:34 am

Great statement on life in so cal….love your eye, terry


Jan Michael Sauer August 10, 2015 at 8:33 pm

Fabulous photos! I hope this becomes a regular column. If possible, could you take a photo of the famous OB Parrots?


carol August 11, 2015 at 10:11 am

Love these photos, especially the 7 year old Viva with glasses, reflections and all. I also like SmokeN Ice and Two dudes. All of these are artsy, but reflect every day life and people. They make the every day seem beautiful and exotic.


Jill August 11, 2015 at 10:39 am

Terry is a keen observer with terrific expression


bob August 14, 2015 at 2:49 pm

My father called it “watching monkeys in the human jungle.” This is more than just people watching. Her camera catches split-second private expressions that are fascinating, but why?


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