OBserved #2

by on September 4, 2015 · 6 comments

in Culture, Environment, Media, Ocean Beach

Terry Ratner 9-4-15 01

American Grafitti

By Terry Ratner

I capture covert performers in a split second and that’s all I need.

Are they making a drug deal, part of a gang, or planning a bust? They’re on a rooftop or below walking the streets, but seen from a vantage point of a higher building. I’m watching, snapping, and hoping the subject matter turns out to be bigger than my wildest imagination.

It’s all about chance, readiness, and mystery.

Terry Ratner 9-4-15 02

Street Urchin

My street photography has become bolder and more aggressive—I’ll do anything for a good shot: stand out in the middle of a busy street, run a block ahead of my subject, or hang out of a second or third story window.

Terry Ratner 9-4-15 04

Shreddin Newport Avenue

If I don’t snap pics for a few days, I go into withdrawal and you don’t want to be around me.

Terry Ratner 9-4-15 03

Bringin back the Haight

Terry Ratner 9-4-15 05

Struttin’ their stuff

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Kevin J September 4, 2015 at 11:45 am

Very special photos. I think this is the second time I’ve seen them in the Rag. I hope this will be an ongoing feature. And, maybe I’ll be OBserved by Terry some day.


Maria Christy September 5, 2015 at 8:33 am

Great photos, Terry. You captured everyday life in San Diego so well!


Lena September 5, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Great pictures. Captured the diverse culture of the area. Hope to see more.


Ike September 5, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Great pictures. I am headed to OB tomorrow.


Aimee Janca September 8, 2015 at 11:23 pm

These are awesome photos! I’m really enjoying these! Reminds me of Vivian Maier!!!


Dana McNeely September 15, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Love the hot rod and street urchin! Great pictures.


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