Light Falls Like Bits

The Photography of Trey Ratcliff





Publication date: 
October 2015
Rights world: 

Edited by Maura Reilly,

with texts by Michelle Bogre and Erik Davis,

interview by Jordan Crandall,

and audio and text by Trey Ratcliff


Photographer Trey Ratcliff crosses borders to find beauty—both literally and figuratively. In a world where people are inundated with images of despair and violence, Ratcliff seeks out life’s gorgeous moments all over the globe and captures them to share with others. As a pioneer of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, Ratcliff mixes technology and art together to make each photo as stunning as the real-life experience.

Trey Ratcliff’s new eBook Light Falls Like Bits will be released in October 2015. This innovative multimedia book presents his meditative photography along with text summaries and audio captions (for IOS only) read by the author himself creating a rich immersive digital experience. Ratcliff’s images are more than just pixels on a screen—they are memories: a sweaty climb up a spiral mountain, or a surreal sunrise in a sleeping bag by the water. Each photograph captures a moment in the faceted world where we live, work, and explore.

Light Falls Like Bits is an eye-opening memoir, geography lesson, and metaphor, mixed perfectly to create a book that showcases the beauty of Earth. The book also lends insight into the photographer’s process, and the making of the images. These are not merely fleeting instances, but chances of personal reflection on the sometimes arduous, draining, or mundane happenstances of life that allow for us to step back and realize the truly beautiful things all around us.

About the author: 

Trey Ratcliff is a husband, father, photographer, adventurer, entrepreneur, teacher, blogger, social-media icon, pioneer of HDR photography, and more. He is the creator, writer, and photographer of the number-one travel photography blog on the internet, called Stuck In Customs, which receives over one million monthly views. To date Ratcliff’s photos have been viewed over one hundred billion times.

Trey grew up blind in one eye, which changed the way he has come to experience and visually map the world. Trey attended Southern Methodist University and graduated with a major in computer science and a minor in mathematics in 1995. This has shaped his unique, algorithm-like, approach to capturing a scene that evokes more palpable memories.

Michelle Bogre is an educator, documentary photographer, copyright lawyer and author. She frequently speaks on issues of copyright, and photography as activism and advocacy. She has two photographs in the permanent collection of the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Currently she is Associate Professor, Photography at Parsons The New School for Design. She lives in New York City.

Erik Davis is an author, award-winning journalist, and lecturer based in San Francisco. His wide-ranging work focuses on the intersection of alternative religion, media, and the popular imagination. He is the author of four books, and his essays on music, techno-culture, and spirituality have appeared in dozens of books. Davis has contributed to scores of publications, and has been interviewed by CNN, the BBC, NPR and the New York Times. He graduated from Yale University in 1988, and is currently earning his Ph.D. in religious studies at Rice University.

Jordan Crandall is a media artist, theorist, and performer. He is the 2011 winner of the Vilém Flusser Theory Award for outstanding theory and research-based digital arts practice. Crandall is both the founding director of the Active Structures + Materials research studio at UCSD, and a founding editor of the online journal VERSION. He lives in San Diego.

Clayton Morris is a co-host of Fox & Friends Weekend on Fox News Channel and a former co-host of The Daily Buzz. He covers consumer technology for Fox and hosts weekly technology segments for Fox News Radio and He lives in New York City.



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