Ryan Loe - “Photographic Hobbyist”
I consider myself a photographic hobbyist, I spend a lot of my free time studying and perfecting my skills and technique. I find photography helps balance out the stress of the responsibilities that come with my day job. It allows me to take hours at a time to focus on being creative.
I began shooting when I was about 8 years old, and had set up my own darkroom by the time I was 12. By my mid 20's I had a growing career, young family, not leaving much time for photography. After battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and looking at regaining a life balance, I decided to pick the camera back up. I studied the New York Institute of Photography's three year course which brought me opportunities to travel with some of the great photographers of our day; Lou Jones, Jay Dickman, Reed Hoffmann, just to name a few.
I have been lucky enough to continue to travel the world both for business and fun, and over the years I have been published twice in American Photo, and I have a number of my images in the Belgium Tourism guide book. I have found that for me shooting people is the most challenging yet rewarding, and where I have the most to learn.
To balance the daily stress of life, I find the creative pursuit of a perfect capture, an image that perfectly represents the moment in time it was composed. Time spent in these pursuits often offset my daily responsibilities and analytical tasks, which at times stifles my inner child that wants to be a photographer. I am always be looking for ways to improve my images, work with great people, collaborate on projects, and travel. I do this for the intense satisfaction of seeing the imagery that develop, that tells a story, that captures a special moment in time, a moment that I can share with friends and family.
Please enjoy this collection, assembled in 2013.