Surf the Greats is pleased to present Interplay — an exploration of the interconnectedness and interdependence of our surf communities. This series will investigate and discuss the complex interplay of the elements of our sport, culture and industry. It is an opportunity to come together to celebrate unique individuals to highlight and better understand their numerous contributions and distinctive perspectives. Our goal is to explore the reciprocity and adaptability of the varied facets of our surfing world featuring artists, athletes, makers, innovators, and pioneers.
Our live online presentation and discussion will take place Sunday, April 19th at 5pm EST. We will be joined by award winning water photographer Ray Collins from his home in Australia. Ray is known for his photographic explorations of the complexities of water and light expressed through the kinetic energy of the ocean. His signature style of moody seascapes has captured the attention of the art world and the hearts of nature lovers across the globe. Through imagery and conversation, Ray will share his story and provide exclusive insight into the inspiration behind his iconic images. The presentation and facilitated discussion will be followed by an interactive Q&A session with our international audience.
"Rayʼs awe inspiring images have the power to bring the earths primal force to a standstill, heʼs an up-and-coming creative talent set to be the next big name in culture and the arts" —CNN
Ray Collins is an ocean photographer from Thirroul in New South Wales, Australia. Ray is known for his photographic explorations of the complexities of water and light expressed through the kinetic energy of the ocean. His signature style of moody seascapes has captured the attention of the art world and the hearts of nature lovers across the globe.
In Rayʼs short career progression, he has moved from shooting his friends surfing to being a global advocate for the ocean. Heʼs partnered with some of the biggest companies in the automotive, computer and technology, aviation and fashion sectors while working closely with NGO’s, scientists, activists and charities to help bring awareness to our current situation of environmental fragility. Ray is an ambassador for Aquatech & Epson Australia and supported by Nikon, Patagonia, DaFin & SunZapper.
"In just eight years Ray has arrived as one of the most distinguished photographers of waves, and the ocean in the world..." —Forbes Magazine
Check out the recording of our live Zoom broadcast where Ray shared his story and provided exclusive insight into the inspiration behind his iconic images.
Please feel free to share with your friends and family and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
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