When art appears effortless it's easy for the mug punter to think the artist isn't trying, that they fell off the back of the truck with their talent fully formed. It's sleight of hand, of course, the genius in good art is making something that's difficult to create accessible to the rest of us.
And so it is with Ray Collins' photography. How he came to pick up a camera is a story that's been well told. In short, while working as a coal miner Ray suffered an injury, and during his convalescence he bought a camera and took the first photos of his life. Realising he had a talent, Ray pursued photography, juggling life down a mine with life in the ocean.
Driven by both brazen imitators and creative restlessness - a native desire to explore new territory - Ray's talent evolved from classic surf photography into something else entirely.
With his second book about to launch, Ray sat down with Swellnet and talked us through seven photos that trace his photographic journey.