Just what is it all about? Surely not just the Hokey Pokey.
Can we ever be sure we’ll know?
I suppose the answer is: we really don’t know. Or maybe it’s different for each of us. Maybe for some it’s fame. For another it’s a driving passion. And for someone else, just an excuse to get out of class.
Oh, wait. That’s just me…
Or maybe Martha Graham said it best:
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening
that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one of you in all time,
this expression is unique.
If you block it,
it will never exist through any other medium
and be lost.
The world will not have it.
It is not yours to determine how good it is;
nor how it compares with other expressions.
It is your business to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.
You have to keep open and aware directly
to the urges that motivate you.
Keep the channel open.
No artist is ever pleased.
There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction;
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive than the others.
Yeah, that’s about right. We have to do it.
Its what makes us feel alive…
A (very) few words about Ray…
Ray is a Visual Anthropologist based in Raleigh, NC. Rather than use words, he creates images to illustrate an idea, or create a narrative for the viewer to follow. When not searching for stories to tell, Ray has guest lectured, taught photography, and understanding creativity, for many educational and civic groups. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Panorama Photographers, he is also the moderator for the photographers’ forum at Visual Art Exchange, as well as an executive team member for the annual Click! Photography Festival. He also bakes great cookies.
2018 – Driving Home – SE Center for Photography (Solo)
2018 – Meditations – Sertoma Art Gallery (Solo)
2018 – Driving Home – The Fence 2018
2018 – Structure – Litmus Gallery
2018 – Variations & Meditations – Horace Williams House (Solo)
2017 – By The Sea – Hager Smith Gallery (Solo)
2017 – Variations & Meditations – Bond Park Community Center (Solo)
2016 - Click! Pop-Up Exhibition – The Frontier
2016 - Southern Landscape: SCOPE Exhibit – Visual Art Exchange
2016 - 525,600 Mins – Waterworks Art Center
2016 - Reflections – United Arts Council MJH Gallery
2016 - Untitled: Photographic Works – Visual Art Exchange
2015 - Sea & Sky – DRH Community Space (solo show curated by VAE)
2015 - The Image Exhibition – Visual Art Exchange
2015 – Darkroom + Foundry – Visual Art Exchange
2015 - Flower Power – 1650 Gallery
I'm smiling on the inside I promise...I just hope I passed the audition.
Thanks to everyone who has made this journey possible. I couldn’t have done it without you.
And most importantly, I wouldn’t have wanted to…