Ray Matthews

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I am a native of eastern North Carolina. I was born and raised near Elizabeth City and moved to the Outer Banks in 1972 after school at UNC-Chapel Hill. I had been spending summers in Nags Head during my college years and it was then that I got interested in photography. Then, as now, it was the landscape and the ocean that were my favorite subjects. I’ve always been drawn to the dramatic weather and subtle beauty of the barrier islands. Skies here change constantly, the ocean is endlessly compelling, and the landscape, shaped by the waters on either side, reflects the changing light of the seasons and the moods of the sea. Trying to capture this has kept me shooting over the years.

I now shoot with digital cameras and print digitally on archival materials. I mat and frame everything myself. I enjoy the sense of craftsmanship that I get from having my hands on the whole process.