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"God never made

an ugly landscape.

All that the sun

shines on is beautiful,

so long as it is wild."

                 - John Muir 1898


About Chris Ryan

Chris began his journey into photography as an avid outdoor enthusiast. Often exploring local mountain and wilderness areas throughout Southern California. Including frequent visits to nearby Yosemite, Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks.

He discovered a hidden passion for photography during his first ever road trip across the Great West. What he refers to as his “Awakening”. He drove over 5,000 miles across several states capturing images from sunrise until sunset. Staying at various National and State parks scattered along the way. He set out to get lost but never expected to find himself. It was an epic journey that produced some of his most lasting works

When not traveling Chris lives in Ventura County, California. A costal community nearby the Channel Islands National Park, Ventura Pier, Surfer’s Point and other iconic locations. His proximity to the beach allows him to capture coastal living at its best year-round.

Artist Statement

“Lasting beauty is what it comes down to for me. Capturing images in the best possible way to preserve the experience I had behind the camera.

The most enjoyable and tangible photographs come out of pure exploration. Discovering composition rather than planning it. I prefer not to have a list of specific angles or shots in mind, such planning can distract from the experience.

One of my favorite elements to capture is natural lighting. In particular how it plays differently between sunrise & sunset. My coastal photography shows some interesting examples where sun, sand & ocean combine to do wonderful things.

Outdoor photography can be a spiritual experience for me. Extended periods of solitude allow me to get some quality time with Creator and creation.

I believe we all need to step outside the bubble of everyday life, disconnect from distractions and really absorb the beauty God has placed around us.

Only some of us have an opportunity to pursue it, fewer actually take the time to do so. For that reason I am blessed.”  

~ Chris Ryan


“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience”.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

With Richard Atmore (Founder)

Rancho Ventura Conservation Trust

(Ventura County, California)

Chris is now serving as the Official Conservation Photographer for the newly established Rancho Ventura Conservation Trust. Several thousand acres of natural hillside beauty encompassing the famous “Two Trees” landmark and beyond.

The Trust will protect the natural diversity, scenic open space and agricultural vitality of the area forever. For more information see official website: