“As a figurative travel photographer,” Max Ratchkauskas says, “it is important for me that my work reflects the essence of what I am capturing.” To do just that, he works to keep the connection between the camera and its subject as pure as possible. Forgoing digital manipulation for the most part, he relies on a variety of lenses, as well as a highly developed sensitivity to light, composition, and angle, to turn the animals, people, and landscapes that he photographs into components of a personal vision.
Printing on canvas and metal, Ratchkauskas exhibits a sharp eye for the dynamics of color, employing bold contrasts and delicate shifts in tone. This gives each image movement and depth, pulling the viewer’s eye toward its central point. The photographer is also skilled at using focus in a way that lets him bring many textures to life, all with a sense of clarity and a powerful, direct physicality. “My work represents our world as a whole: chaotic, beautiful, and provoking,” he says. “I try to capture all of its unique parts one frame at a time.”