Exhibitions in the Gallery
A Closer Look...
MERRITT NATURALLY ~ September 8, 2021 through October 10, 2021
Discover the Nicola Valley's natural beauty through photography, soundscapes, and videos with Bruce Walter and Frank Ritcey.
Bruce Walter is a photographer who has lived in the Merritt area since 2006. Bruce worked as a forester and has a background in land use planning, First Nation relations and stewardship. His photography is tempered by his interests in people, wildlife and the environment.
He's a lover of art and all things creative. Photography however, continues to be an outlet and a tool that gives expression to his creative side. Bruce’s emphasis is on an image and he is not afraid to experiment in the “dark room” to create images that reflect his vision. He has had a strong interest in photography since purchasing an Olympus OM-1 in 1976.
To gather images Bruce spends a lot of his free time in the grasslands and forests around Merritt. While in the field Bruce is opportunistic looking for those fleeting photographic moments presented by combinations of subject, light and context. Rarely are images “planned”. More recently Bruce has taken on some paid photographic projects and enjoys photographing families (particularly his family) in the outdoors.
Frank Ritcey is a relative newcomer to Merritt but has been a photographer/story-teller/videographer almost all of his life. His first camera was a simple plastic box camera that he got when he was eleven and over the years while the equipment has changed, his passion for shooting natural subjects hasn’t.
Frank has travelled the province extensively and finds great joy in presenting talks on all sorts of wildlife. He does however admit to a preference to speaking about snakes and other creatures that need a champion of sorts.
Frank periodically entertains and educates as a guest columnist on CBC Radio’s North by Northwest program as the 'Outdoor Guy'. “I try to get images of wildlife that show a side of the animal that people wouldn’t normally see. Trail cameras, long lenses, and remote setups let me get these images without disturbing my subjects. I’d much rather have a sub-quality shot of something that has never been seen before than a ‘perfect’ shot of something that has been seen a million times.”