Hi, I’m Ray.

I’m currently a graduate student studying visual communication at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. I try to make pictures and videos that reflect my desire to examine the breadth and depth of experiences within the social and political experiment most people know as the United States of America. 

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 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 they think 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.

My favorite pastime is baseball. I also love solving problems and collaborating. 

You can see my resume here.

Photo by Carolyn Van Houten

Photo by Carolyn Van Houten