Kentucky Tourism

Ballard, Roger — Paul Roger Ballard Photography

Versailles, KY



Roger Ballard is a native Kentuckian whose Kentucky roots date back to the 1780s. Roger has a BS and MS in engineering from the University of Kentucky. When not taking photos, Roger is a structural engineer. He and his wife Virginia have lived in Versailles, KY, since 2001.


Roger has always been curious about photography. The youngest of eight children in a rural Kentucky family, he seldom got to as much as touch the family’s Kodak Instamatic camera until his brothers and sisters had started their adult lives.


Once he had access to a camera he began taking photos of trees, animals, scenery and anything else that caught his eye, and has since carried a camera with him in his travels, and often in his own backyard as well. Rogers comments that “Looking through the viewfinder is still that curious young boy wondering what he can find.”


Roger has only recently begun to share his photographs with the public. In 2010 prints of Roger’s photographs began appearing in galleries in Central Kentucky and he also began to sell his work at art fairs in the region. Roger is a juried artist in the Kentucky Guild of Artist and Craftsmen and the Kentucky Crafted Program.


Roger Ballard’s work can be found at Completely Kentucky in Frankfort, KY; Kennydid Gallery, Midway, KY; Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen in Berea, KY; Solaris Gallery, Versailles, KY, and the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, KY.