At first glance I thought that these were giant mountains, but then I realized that these were actually waves. Photographer Ray Collins has a unique point of view of waves. And it is not a surprise, he spends so much time in water that he is quite intimate with those watery creatures. We asked Ray about the photos and they are not taken from the shore, they are taken from inside the water, very close to the waves, wearing a wetsuit and a pair of fins.
Coming from sleepy, coastal town of Bulli, just south of Syndey, Australia, Ray Collins once did as most of the locals did, slaving away underground working as a coal miner. Art isn’t high priority on most Bulli’s residents list, but Collins isn’t like most. The soft spoken and humble waterman always had a deep seeded appreciation for the surf. He’d often rinse away a hard day’s work in the ocean, taking the time to witness it’s unrivaled beauty and power. But, in his coal mining days, he still hadn’t picked up a camera to document what he saw. Collins didn’t exactly have time the time it takes to dedicate to learning how to photograph waves, much less assemble an entire book’s worth of images.