A Black and Blue Life: A Coal Miner Becomes a Photographer of Exquisite Waves and Seascapes

Convection - Ray Collins

Australian photographer Ray Collins first picked up a camera in 2007 and used it to photograph his friends surfing around his home after long shifts working in a nearby coal mine. His attention quickly shifted from his friends to patterns and forms he noticed in the waves. Collins, who is colorblind, was also drawn to the interplay of light and water, perhaps more attune to contrast than the nuance of color. He poetically refers to this switch from coal miner to fine art photographer as a balance between his “black life and blue life.”

The accolades, awards, and sponsorships have been heaped on Collins leading to the publication of his first book, Found at Sea, he also has a wide variety of prints on his website, and you can follow his photography day-to-day on Instagram. (via Laughing Squid)

Underwater - Ray Collins

Fury - Ray Collins

Ominous - Ray Collins

Beneath The Vortex - Ray Collins

Viscous  - Ray Collins

Ripples - Ray Collins

Rainbow - Ray Collins

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Sunburst - Ray Collins

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