Hi, I’m Ray.

I’m currently studying visual communication in graduate school at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

My life goal is to live an interesting and meaningful story. Lately, I’ve been asking myself “If someone were to write a screenplay and make a movie about my life, how much would it need to be adapted?” Hat tip to Bruce Strong for recommending the book “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.”

I love politics and it is often the lens through which I view the world. In my opinion, photography is a political act. Making pictures is my preferred method of making political statements.

I prefer to photograph places and people for longer periods of time so I can show how and why they’ve changed. When people allow me to document their life, I feel great responsibility to portray them in a way that accurately reflects who they are.  

I feel humbled to have developed the relationships I have and to have gone where I’ve gone with my camera.

So far, I’m pretty happy with how my life story has been written. I look forward to more adventures in the future. 

My work has been published by The New York Times, The Oregonian, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Chicago magazine, the Greensboro News and Record, among others. 


Photo by Carolyn Van Houten

Photo by Carolyn Van Houten