JPG Featured Member: Jeremiah Ridgeway
Posted by Christi Ginger — 4 Apr 2008
I'm sure many JPGers remember Jeremiah Ridgeway's photo essay in JPG Issue 13 featuring combat photography from Afghanistan. We find Jeremiah fascinating because of the access and experience he has had as a Cavalry Scout with the U.S. Army, and the incredible work he has created as a result of spending every day behind the scenes. Jeremiah is back in New York now and has been uploading more great images that show his development as a photojournalist. We took a minute to catch up with Jeremiah and ask him about his work, life, and future plans:
Location: Fort Drum, NY.
My day job: US Army Cavalry Scout
My favorite camera: With great respect, Canon Rebel rest in peace.
My dream photo location: Anywhere an important story can be found.
The last thing I shot was landscape photos in upstate NY.
When I'm not taking photos I am: Trying to find a new job in California.
I found unexpected inspiration: Meeting freelance photographer John D. McHugh in the mountains of Afghanistan and asking him 101 questions.
I love JPG because: It was the first publication to respect and believe in my work.
I can't wait to: Be out of the military and find work as a photojournalist, traveling to places no one wants to.
Finally, any secrets or tips you'd like to share with others who admire your work? The key is to find a story and learn from the masters in your field.
Here are a few more photos from Jeremiah that weren't featured in Issue 13. His recent work offers more amazing insight into U.S. military life, so be sure to check out all of his photos.