Terry Ratzlaff is a photographer and multimedia 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.
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.