Artist Biography:Ray Carson is a professional photographer with over 30 years of experience. His career began in college where he spent three years as a writer, photographer and editor with the Daily Utah Chronicle and The Colligiate. After graduating with a degree in photojournalism and history, he continued his career in a variety of photographic fields including commercial product, wedding, portrait, news, editorial and fine art. He was the chief staff photographer for University Relations News Bureau at the University of Florida for 21 years. He presently works as a freelance commercial, editorial, event and fine art photographer. His photographs have appeared in numerous regional and national magazines, over 50 newspapers and with the Associated Press. In addition to his commercial and editorial work, he also specializes in photography of historical sites, artifacts and reenactments in the United States.
Ray is also a professional hand colorist whose fine art photography has been exhibited in galleries in Utah, Florida, New York and North Carolina. His hand colored images start as black and white photographs, which are then colored with a variety of different mediums including oil paint, colored pencils and watercolor dyes. Each original piece takes 10 to 20 hours to complete. The finished art work is then photographed so it can be reproduced as photographic and digital prints. Both original artwork and prints can be purchased,
He is the author/photographer of “The Civil War Soldier - A Photographic Journey.” published by Stackpole Books and republished by Random House. The book chronicles the experiences and lifestyle of the average Civil War soldier using quotes from original soldiers diaries and memoirs. It features over 120 black and white and hand colored photographs taken by Ray over a period of ten years at historical reenactments throughout the United States. Ray is also the principal photographer for the books “Gainesville: Alive With Opportunity” and “Palm and Pine” which features his photographs of the north Florida area and the University of Florida. His photography has also been featured in 10 other books by various authors.
Artist Statement: For me, photography is more than a profession, it is a passion that shapes the way I see the world. Photographs allows us to freeze a moment of time forever. Whether it is the way the light paints a landscape or an expression of human emotion, it is captured by the camera. The camera allows us to show viewers places, people and things that they would never see otherwise. As an artistic tool, photography can create worlds seen only in the mind of it’s creator, making the image available for each viewer to interpret. Every instant of time is different , ever changing in light, color, composition and action, no two moments the same… but through photography any instant can stopped and held forever.