Ray Collins spent most of his working life as a coal miner deep underground near Bulli, Australia, until he blew out his knee and could no longer perform at the same intense physical level. He used his workman’s comp to buy a camera and water housing and turned to the ocean he knew from surfing. Unlike most water photographers, who focus on the surfers or the perfection of a curling barrel, Collins was drawn to the mutations and pulses of wild, surging waves. This short profile gives a look at his unconventional take on surfing photography, as well as sharing some of his striking images—and you can see why we featured a portfolio of his work in AJ’s printed quarterly.
You can own some of Collins’ work and put it right there on the coffee table with
Water & Light—Ocean Photography By Ray Collins
. Available here.