I’m Ray, a photographer based in Brighton, East Sussex. Brighton is a seaside resort city on the south coast of the UK.
I first got into photography as a young boy. By the age of 13 I had a darkroom in our tiny attic at home and I processed the film and prints myself.
I’ve owned a camera ever since, albeit with some years of photographic inactivity along the way. It was after moving to Brighton that my interest in photography was rekindled.
These days I only shoot digital, my film days are a distant but cherished memory. It was fun!
I spent 20 years in the print and graphics industry, working my way up to Managing Director. I left the industry in 2008.
I then gained my Commercial Yachtmaster licence and setup a charter boat business in 2009 which I still skipper and manage to this day.
I work about 150 days a year with that business.
With so much spare time on my hands it made sense to turn part time professional with my photography, which I did during 2019.
Street and Documentary
I developed a love for street photography and social documentary after that move to Brighton. I like to photograph daily life in a way that tells a story. This is why some of my images are a fusion of the street and documentary genres.
My style leans towards bold and punchy colours or high contrast black and white images.
Where appropriate I like to incorporate dynamic elements into my street photographs. This can include techniques such as motion blur, abstract elements or the use of wide angle lenses to alter perspective.
For my travel photography I like to visit countries where the culture and way of life is far removed from our western lifestyle here in the UK.
Recent trips include Vietnam, Cambodia, Egypt and India.
These are fantastic destinations for photographers like me who prefer to photograph the local people rather than the tourist attractions.
I shoot formal portraits using both natural and available light, either outdoors or in a studio environment. However, my real passion is environmental portrait photography, the kind of work that provides a narrative and tells a story.
Work with Me
If you would like to work with me and have a photographic assignment in mind please do contact me to discuss it.
I am especially interested in projects that seek to document people involved in activities. For example: clubs, charities, local organisations, hobbyist groups and the like.
My specialist genres of environmental portraiture and social documentary are ideally suited to such projects.