LA FOTO 

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Su una costa al largo delle Hawaii, stavo documentando con il mio amico Phil i vortici su­bacquei delle onde. L’obiettivo era quello di catturare questi movimenti senza alcun elemento umano, ma mi sono reso conto che senza una presenza umana non si rendeva l’idea delle dimensioni e non si mo­strava la relazione tra l’uomo e l’oceano. Ci sono volute otto ore di nuoto per ottenere questi scatti, oltre a due viaggi in aereo.
On a lonely stretch of coast off an island in Hawaii, my friend Phil and I are documenting underwater vortexes for a personal project i’m working on. The goal was to capture them without any human element, I soon realised that I was going about it the wrong way. I actually needed him there for scale and to show the relationship between humans and the ocean. I knew as soon as I pressed the shutter down that I had what I wanted. It took 8hrs of swimming to get this shot, along with 2 plane trips and several hours of driving. It’s crazy the lengths we can go to freeze such a moment.

L’AUTORE 

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Due pensieri mantengono Ray sveglio la notte: come interpretare e come modellare la luce mentre nuota nell’oceano con la sua fotocamera. Ha acquistato la sua prima macchina fotografica nel 2007 per divertirsi con gli amici e in pochi anni ha iniziato una collaborazione con aziende prestigiose come Apple, Nikon, United Airlines, Isuzu, Qantas, Patagonia, National Geographic e Red Bull, che utilizzano le immagini di Ray – uniche e immediatamente riconoscibili – per le loro campagne internazionali. Tra i riconoscimenti più importanti che ha ricevuto nel corso della sua carriera: “Follow the Light” (2009); primo, secondo e terzo posto nel Premio Australian Surf (2012); Semifinalista nel “Moran Portraiture” (2012); Emerging Sport Photographer dell’anno (2013); Runner Up “Ocean Geographic” (2013); primo classificato al California Academy Of Scienze – Big Picture Awards (2014 e 2017); primo classificato nella sezione “Paesaggio” all’Oasis Photo Contest (2017). Le opera di Ray sono esposte sulle copertine dei più impportanti magazine e nei musei di tutto il mondo.

Two things that keep Ray awake at night… Interpreting photons and shaping light through his camera while swimming in the ocean. Having only picked up his first camera in 2007 to shoot his friends surfing around home, to within a few short years progressed to having companies such as Apple, Nikon, United Airlines, Isuzu, Qantas, Patagonia, National Geographic and Red Bull using Ray’s instantly recognisable and unique images across their international campaigns. From being the recipient of the prestigious ‘Follow The Light Grant’ (2009) and placing 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the ‘Australian Surf Photo of the Year’ (2012), Semi Finalist in the ‘Moran Portraiture Prize’ (2012) ’Emerging Sport Photographer of the Year’ (Capture Professional Photography Magazine 2013) Runner Up ‘Ocean Geographic – Pictures of the year’ (2013), 1st place ‘California Academy Of Sciences – Big Picture Awards’  (2014) 1st Place ‘Australian Surf Photo of the Year’ (2015), 1st place, Photo Series ‘California Academy Of Sciences – Big Picture Awards’  (2017) 1st Place ‘Landscape’ – ‘Oasis Photo Contest (2017) to having his work regularly exhibited on the covers of magazines and in galleries and museums around the world – Ray feels that he is taking the first steps towards highlighting the preciousness of our Oceans along side of a rewarding career in image making.
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