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Matthew Ratajczak

Matthew Ratajczak
Profession: Photographer
Location: Pennsylvania , United States
Home base: Pennsylvania
URL: http://www.matthewratajczak.com
Email: •••••••• (private)
Organization: Matthew Ratajczak Photography
Journal: http://eatthedarkness.wordpress.com
AIM/iChat: photorat69
Mobile phone: 772-584-0947
Home phone: 772-584-0947
Work phone 772-584-0947
Last login: over 3 years ago
Member since: 14 Feb 2006 09:02

About

I’m a freelance photographer based in S.E. Pennsylvania, close to Philadelphia, Baltimore and other large and midsize cities.

I grew up mostly in Grand Rapids, Michigan where I did kids stuff, got in trouble, raced BMX bikes, played high school football for two years, got in more trouble, grew my hair long, started playing bass guitar, played in some rock bands, excelled in my art classes. After graduation I bypassed a traditional college education and went to music school at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California where I learned how to better play the bass. Then I dropped out, moved back home, played in some bands, taught beginner bass lessons at a local music store and took a lot of fine art photography classes at Grand Rapids Community College. At GRCC I learned many things about different kinds of photography. I decided to pursue a career in photojournalism and enrolled at the University of Missouri. While there I learned, partied, made lifelong friends and did three newspaper internships in Missouri, Virginia and Florida. After graduation I moved to the sunshine state where I worked at two different Scripps newspapers in Naples, Florida and in Stuart, Florida for roughly 10 years.

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