Surf Photography :
While some people chase the perfect wave for surfing, Ray Collins is best known for capturing them on camera. The color-blind coal miner based in Bulli, Australia, started taking pictures of the ocean in 2007. His work shortly became internationally recognized.
Water and Light are his subject of photography – two primordial elements which never fail to offer a spectacle. The ephemeral fluid ocean topography is captured in a static frame resembling a solid element, thus creating a wonderful contrast.
Collins developed a personal shooting technique which was documented by filmmaker Chris Duczynski in SeaStills. Searching for geometrical shapes in the ocean is not an easy task – you should know your limits, as he mentions himself. Having a surfing background and using swimming gear, such as flippers, also helps.
Swimming in the morning ocean, capturing the light through the water filter and defying natural dangers surely make for a pretty spiritual experience, Collins adds. His words and state of mind are reflected by his photographs.
The Australian Surf Photo of the Year award and Shortlist Finalist for the Smithsonian – Annual Photo Contest are among his achievements from this year alone. His works were featured in international media and used in campaigns by famous companies, while his Seascapes have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide.
By: Ana Cosma