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Coal Miner Turned Photographer Captures the Majestic Beauty Of Waves

By Hanssie on April 2nd 2015

Snow Mountain - Ray CollinsEvery morning, I walk across the street to the beach for my morning run. I am best described as a reluctant runner, having started running for no explicable reason other than to torture myself. As some (maybe all) of the runs become long and torturous and my body is screaming at me, I let my mind begin to wander, often looking to my left to see the crashing of the water as surfers scurry to catch and ride a wave. I always remind myself how lucky I am to have this scenic view and to have the ability to listen to the calm, yet powerful sounds of the surf. Watching the water form and dance, a living organism with its own personality –  a sight that I will never get tired of.

[REWIND: CLARK LITTLE MAKES WAVES IN SURF PHOTOGRAPHY]

Glass - Ray Collins Beneath The Vortex - Ray Collins

Former coal miner, now photographer, Ray Collins is in the business of capturing these majestic waves on the shores of his home in Australia. Seven years ago, Ray worked underground in a coal mine until an injury caused him to stop working. He picked up a camera to photograph his surfer friends, but soon Ray realized that he had a knack for capturing water and waves mid- crest, right at the peak, just before it crashes into the water, showing the serenity, yet power of water in one frozen moment.

His incredible photographs since have graced the campaigns of companies such as National Geographic, Patagonia, Red Bull and Apple. He has also compiled his images in a book, Found At Sea.

Watch The Now – Ray Collins

Ray’s photographs are mesmerizing as they capture the energy and life of a wave. The waves seem to come to life, frozen in its beauty, right at its climax. I can’t stop looking at the following images and appreciating nature’s artwork, shown through the inventive water photographs of Ray Collins.

Convection - Ray CollinsThe Claw - Ray Collins Breach - Ray Collins RayCollins11 Ripples - Ray Collins Sea Monster - Ray Collins Rainbow - Ray Collins

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CREDITS: All photographs shared by Ray Collins are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist

[Via Ray Collins on Vimeo].

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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13 Comments

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  1. Josiah Dewey

    Very beautiful.

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  2. Peter Nord

    I’m used to green Florida water. It’s like southern hemisphere water is in another world.

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  3. desmond chislom

    AWESOME

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  4. Brandon Dewey

    Amazing images!!!

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  5. Dave Haynie

    Wow. Drool. Jealousy! I love water and waves like few other things on this planet.

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  6. Rafael Steffen

    Very inspiring work!

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  7. Barry Cunningham

    Beautifully made video too.

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  8. Clare Havill

    Wow, really stunning photos.

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  9. Ed Rhodes

    gorgeous!

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  10. Paddy McDougall

    Thanks for sharing, the individual wave captures really give me the impression of a living organism. The quality of light is excellent. Made me think differently about my approach to sea scapes

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  11. Paddy McDougall

    Beautiful shots

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  12. Tosh Cuellar

    great stuff and interesting story

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  13. Greg Silver

    Beautiful!

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