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Barry Ravel Photography Bio

My first serious interest in photography was inspired by a love of history, of the Civil War and by Matthew P. Brady photographs of the war. When I visited Civil War battle sites, I began to create a photographic library of those sites in black and white. One of those photographs was awarded second place in a national contest sponsored by the United States Department of the Interior.


I have always had a passion for art and creative expression, and along with the teachings and encouragement of Master Photographer Katie Deits, was inspired to pursue photography as an art form.


When I purchased my first digital camera, I immediately realized its advantages. Practicing composition and lighting were much more affordable because the results could be reviewed immediately. Since I had owned a computer business for four years, my computer experience was a distinct advantage for the transition from traditional to digital photography.


In addition to my creative photography of the Civil War sites and reenactments, my extensive library includes autumn in the Northeast, scenes of the South, and

the Caribbean. These photographs are used as wall decor and signed originals are available on canvas or watercolor paper in color, sepia tone, or black and white.


My freelance work includes regular assignments for The Palm Beach Post (Residences, Notables, and Real Estate Weekend), among commercial and fashion clients. My assignments afforded me the opportunity to photograph a number of celebrities, sports and political figures.


When I contemplate my humble, but proud beginnings as a son of a Pennsylvania blue-collar family with a strong work ethic, as a young man who put myself through school to be a Journeyman Machinist and went on to Penn State to study business, management, technology and sociology, as a professional manufacturing manager and owner of a successful computer business, I realize that my greatest joy has come from creating photographs that bring joy and wonder to people.