Terry A. Ratzlaff is a visual artist. His photography draws inspiration from brief encounters with people and situations that are overlooked by others or which are disapproved of as unsafe, seamy, or uncomfortable. In doing so, he captures the relationships that humans try to create with environments or social contexts from which they are detached or isolated, but in which they hope to be accepted.
Ratzlaff also works with found objects. They are often documents of the lives of the overlooked classes, such as personal photos, drug paraphernalia, and religious propaganda. These objects are personal, and they reveal the desires their previous owners had to belong in a society which may be indifferent to them.
In his work, Ratzlaff hopes to bring more attention to the overlooked. Within environments that have been constructed to emphasize the positive and attractive sides of life, Ratzlaff captures the darkness of reality: either its visual darkness or its darker mental states. He brings people face to face with people or situations they may feel uncomfortable with, but which, at their core express a universal desire to be accepted or wanted.
He lives and works in Denver, Colorado and has had the pleasure of working with publications such as; Bloomberg Businessweek, FT Weekend, Der Spiegel, Revolver Magazine, Pallet Magazine, Sweet, Inc. Magazine, HUCK, VICE, 5280 Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, ESPN and The Financial Times. Ratzlaff has also worked with American Express, Finlandia Vodka, Redbull and Momentum Worldwide.