"Everybody is from somewhere, even if you’ve never been there; so take a moment to remember…”
The images in this portfolio were made during long drives traveling between my current home in Raleigh, North Carolina and my hometown of Buffalo, New York, on the shores of Lake Erie; or other times when I had wished I was. Along the way I pass reminders of travelers who came before me. The places they stopped. Sometimes putting roots down; calling that place home. Testaments to a life, they become monuments to the future.
This series of images aims to document those testaments and preserve them before they are lost to time. And along the way, to preserve and tell my own. Needless to say, the route home is often convoluted, and always circuitous. But I believe I’m making real good time…
Ray is a Visual Anthropologist based in Raleigh, NC. Rather than use words, he creates images to illustrate and idea or create a narrative for the viewer to follow. When not out 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 VAE Raleigh, as well as an Executive Board member for the annual Click! Photography Festival. He also bakes great cookies.