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Found At Sea - The Photography of Ray Collins
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Found At Sea is a 184 page hardcover coffee table book. Printed on 157gsm matt art paper, it is a visual journey capturing the fleeting moments of a wave's journey to dissipation. "Ray captures unbelievable imagery… This book is testament to a life well spent in and among the waves that give surfers' lives meaning." Kelly Slater, Surfer - 11 times World Champion About Ray: Having only bought his first camera in 2007 to shoot his friends surfing around home, within a few short years Ray progressed to having companies such as Apple, Nikon, United Airlines, Isuzu, Qantas, Patagonia, National Geographic and Red Bull using his unique signature seascapes across their international campaigns. Ray has been the recipient of the prestigious 'Follow The Light Grant' (2009), placed 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the 'Australian Surf Photo of the Year' (2012), Semi Finalist in the 'Moran Portraiture Prize' (2012) named 'Emerging Sport Photographer of the Year' (Capture Professional Photography Magazine 2013) Runner Up 'Ocean Geographic - Pictures of the year' (2013), Placed 1st in the 'California Academy Of Sciences - Big Picture Awards' (2014), Portfolio Of The Year 'The Inertia' (2014), 'Overall Winner' and 'Best of Show' in 'The Ocean Art Photo Competition' (2015), Shortlisted Finalist of The Terry Oneill Photography Award (2015), 1st Place 'Australian Surf Photo of the Year' (2015), 'Juror's Award' - 'The Center for Fine Art Photography - USA' (2015), Shortlisted Finalist for the prestigious 'Smithsonian - Annual Photo Contest' (2015). Winner 'American Aperture Awards' - Landscape/Seascape/Nature (2015). Ray's work has been featured by Wired, Yahoo, CNN, ABC (USA), ESPN, Huffington Post & BuzzFeed and can regularly be found in Art, Lifestyle, Sport and Photography Magazines around the world, his Seascapes have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout The United States, Europe, The UK and Australia.
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Book arrived earlier than expected which was nice. The slip case was torn on one side. The book was listed as new on purchasing but the hard cover of the book has a crease on the front which runs along the spine. There is a linear crease running the length of the back cover as well, both of which I assume are manufacturing defects, not seller or shipping problems (would have been nice if the seller mentioned the cosmetic defects before purchasing). Also noticed an ink smudge on one of the inside pages and the cover of the book has bits of ? stuck to it which I couldn't remove. With the exception of the slip case, I can only assume that these are QC issues with the printer. Otherwise, a beautiful book.
Ray does an incredible job with his exploration of light on the sea, shooting seascapes or surfers under all types of lighting conditions and atmospheric elements. His beautiful imagery incorporating strong colour, monochromatic scenes, shallow depth of field, panning, and tack sharp action imagery captivate the viewer, and transport the reader into a world that few photographers venture. Shooting under technically very difficult conditions and then attempting to capture memorable photographs must have made it all the more challenging. In the end, he has done so exceptionally well. Ray engages the viewer from cover to cover despite dealing with a simple subject that could have become monotonous very quickly.
If it wasn't for the manufacturing/reproduction defects listed above, I would have given it 5 stars. Definitely a welcome addition to my library of photographic books as a source of inspiration and wonder.