Photographer Ray Collins on 'Conversations' with Richard Fidler
Born in Sydney's western suburbs, surf photographer Ray Collins had never seen the ocean before his family moved to a fibro shack at Sandon Point. Housing commission neighbourhood. A leg up for a single mum and her down-at-heel kids. When young Raymon pulled back the curtains of his new bedroom, the Pacific twinkled in the morning light.
From a concrete jungle to the Jetty, he'd hit the jackpot.
That was just one of many sliding door moments in Ray's life. We all have them, yet Ray's have a cinematic quality: the underdog made good; the ordinary fella who took a chance on art; the introvert who stared down his demons.
On Tuesday, Ray shares his story with Richard Fidler on 'Conversations', ABC Radio National, 10am.
Ray is also working on a new series of photos titled 'Fleeting Perspectives', to be released with music by Russell Webster - not sure how the final product will work but it's sure to be good.