My Story

Welcome to Ouray Image, where you can explore images that capture the beauty and lifestyle of the Ouray region, including Telluride, Ridgway, and Silverton. I live in Ridgway and visit the region's mountain communities and backcountry with my camera gear every season of the year.

Photography, outdoor adventure and education are my passions.  My career has been as a university administrator at campuses in Montana, Colorado, California, and Pennsylvania, where I completed a Ph.D. in higher education leadership. On the weekends, I was a whitewater kayaker and raft guide, which included river adventures in 20 states and one of the early descents of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. 

Running treacherous rivers requires the best equipment and perfect execution. I apply the same approach to photography.  To create images rich in color and detail, I use state-of-the-art camera gear and printers.  Many of the images on this website can be printed over eight feet wide without sacrificing detail.  To ensure you receive a quality print, I print all of my prints and canvas wraps myself on a new large-format printer. Your image will be printed on museum-grade archival materials and should last decades with proper care. 

Visit the purchasing page for examples of my work.  I enjoy assisting clients with their projects and I'm available for in-person meetings at your location.  If you live in the counties of Ouray, San Miguel, San Juan, Montrose and would like to see my images in person and discuss the image you have in mind and where you are considering hanging it, please contact me.

Many thanks, 

Gary Ratcliff

(970) 615-0546 Cell


One of the early kayak descents of the Black Canyon of Gunnison in 1980s.




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