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.


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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.

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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.

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