Ray Collins’ dramatic wave photography


For Ray Collins, his knee injury was a blessing in disguise. He hurt himself while working in a coal mine, and then he had a surgery and then went to a rehab which put him on leave from his job for around 6 months. Ray spent a lot of his time just studying and reading, and then he decided to give photography a hand on. His doctor suggested swimming as an exercise for his injury, and more and more time in the water triggered his interest in underwater photography.

While speaking to a leading website, he told that the ocean has offered him so much. It is where his very first memories were made as an infant; it has taught him patience, taught him respect and served harness and control fear and change into an excitement. He has been around the sea his whole life, it is all he has ever known. Shooting waves just felt very natural. He treats each one like a subject sitting for a portrait. He want to show the differences in each because after they break that moment is lost forever.

Collins, from Thirroul in New South Wales, Australia, still acts upon as a coal miner in twelve-hour shifts 3 days a week. This leaves him 4 days a week to concentrate on his photography. On his days off, Ray studies virtual swell forecasts and ocean buoys, directions, windspeeds tides and sun position to figure out when he would be able to capture the best photographs.

Ray told that this is a never-ending combination situation where you one is waiting for the weather to help at the same time for a certain coastline.

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