Photographer Phillip Ritchie will be celebrating his 70th birthday on the weekend of June 22/23, 2012 with a gallery showing and party at Studio OC in Fountain Valley, CA. The party will showcase new images from his collection, performances by musical artist Christy Knowings, and two photography demonstrations given by Phillip Ritchie himself. This celebration and event is sponsored by Chanel Rene/Studio OC, is free admission/open to the public.
British-born photographer Phillip Ritchie began his work in commercial photography in his late fifties after a successful career restoring classic cars and building hot rods in his native England. After relocating to Southern California Ritchie became more involved in the artistic side of photography including fashion, fine art, nudes, and erotica. Ritchie’s signature style is unmistakable and he is especially known for angular lighting and strong composition in black-and-white photography, his favorite medium.
During the gallery showing Ritchie will be hosting two free lighting and composition workshops open to all attendees. “Shadows are a huge controlling influence in my thinking because they themselves control the movement of the model and the emotional feel of the images,” says Ritchie. Many local photographers who follow Ritchie’s blog have already registered to attend.
Ritchie will also be instructing workshop attendees on how he creates the composition of the photograph. “The subtle details within the subject's composition make the image speak… the tilt of the wrist, the angle of the neck, the shape of the lips… plus the shadows created,” explains Ritchie. “All of these elements combine to create a gratifying composition.”
Singer Christy Knowings, also one of Ritchie’s favorite models, will be performing live at the gallery party on Saturday night. Admission to the event is free for both nights. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Facebook: http://facebook.com/PhillipRitchiePhotography
Date: Friday, June 22, 6pm-11pm and Saturday, June 23, 3pm-11pm
Location: Studio OC, 10562 Bechler River Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Entertainment: Christy Knowings (www.christyknowings.com)