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One of the countrys most recognized and admired nature photographers, Ray was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1936. He and his wife Mary, moved to Florida in 1970, and have two grown children and a grandson. He began photographing when he was 10 years old; setting up his first darkroom when he was 12. Little did he realize that his youthful enthusiasm was to lead to a total dedication to photography.
He is a self taught artist/photographer who has chosen to combine his lifelong passions for photography and nature into a uniquely beautiful art form. He travels extensively throughout the world attempting to capture the "perfect" image; from rarely visited sites in the Arctic and Antarctica, to spectacular vistas of Africas Serengeti Plains, springtime gardens, desert dunes, Everglades landscapes, to individual wildlife photos of Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Wolves, Polar and Grizzly Bears, Elephants, Rhinos, Hippos, Lynx, Orcas, Otters, Harp Seals, to his breathtaking photos of endangered Manatees, Dolphins, Sharks, and some of the worlds most beautiful reefs. Rays photography is a shared emotion of the love of nature, and the special talent and skills necessary to create images that express his excitement, love, and respect of nature in all its forms.
In December of 1994 his quest for the most uniquely perfect image took him aboard a Russian Icebreaker traveling through the icepacks of Antarctica, to photograph the allusive Emperor Penguin Rookeries. His panoramic photographs of the King Penguin Rookery on South Georgia Island, and his awe-inspiring photographs of a rare Blue Iceberg have won many major awards including a Best of Show, 7 First Place, 5 Second Place, numerous Third Place and Merit Awards, as well as a special Environmental Award. His work is also displayed in many Corporate Art Collections, including Walt Disney Corporation.
Ray is renowned for the prints he personally and painstakingly produces one at a time. His state of the art darkroom equipment includes an added extra print stabilizing process to assure long life to his artwork. He dry mounts each photograph on acid free board, and individually hand signs and numbers them.
He has been accepted in over 200 juried art shows including Coconut Grove, Winter Park, the Disney Festival of the Masters, Mount Dora, Gasparilla, Los Olas Museum, Dallas 500, Memphis Fine Art Festival, State College, St. Louis Art Festival, Art n Apples, Longs Park, Atlanta - Piedmont, Crosby Gardens, St. James Court, etc. He has been honored by having his work displayed in the Miami Museum of Science, and has several of his Endangered Wildlife Photographs on permanent display in the Tallahassee Natural History Museum.
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This page was last updated: June 19, 2011