His daily work was a mile below ground and many miles into the coal mines of Bulli, south of Sydney. A twist of fate landed him in a new career and one he never could have even dreamed of.
Seven years ago, if you told Ray Collins he would have a published book of photographs, and become one of the most creative ocean photographers in all of Australia, he would have called you crazy. Though, that’s exactly what happened.
After blowing out a knee, Collins found himself spending daily life in the ocean looking at, surfing, and photographing waves.
From the coal mines to the ocean, a story of self-discovery through photographs.
I guess it just goes to show it is really never too late to chase your dreams. Collins’ story teaches us a valuable lesson, that we shouldn’t accept our lives just because we have gotten use to the routine.
If you thought being an ocean photographer was hard, try being a color blind one! Collins says he knows his photographs are different but he can’t explain why. I guess it’s just feel!
Now Collins has the honor to work with some of the best surfers in the world. Though he notes that the surfers are really secondary to the wave and only there “for scale.”
Check out his full story in the video above!