Interview With Matthew Raynor
About the Photographer
Upon looking at his photographs, it should be no surprise that Matt Raynor of Hampton Bays, was born & raised on Long Island’s East End. His evocative photos captured during his time as a Commercial Fisherman exude the raw power & simultaneous peace of the natural world. On April 18, 2019, Raynor suffered a spinal cord injury that has left him with permanent paralysis from thet collardown. Faced with this new challenge, Matt continues to share his artistic view with the world. This can be seen in his new series of aerial photos.
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I’m so excited...the amazing photograph by my friend and incredible photographer Matthew Raynor has arrived and is now hanging in my house! This photograph, “The Line”, is so beautiful to me in many ways. It is a moment in time captured while Matt was a commercial fisherman “somewhere out in The Atlantic”, as he puts it. The ocean has always been a place where I can go and feel peace inside. I grew up at the beach. My parents took me camping when I was 2 weeks old, my father had an International truck that we named “The Gray Ghost”, it was gray with wood sides and the floor boards were all rusted out. My brother and my greatest thrill was watching the road under us as we sat in the back...so cool! My grandmother always reminded me when I was a girl, we’d be standing at the waters edge, our feet going deeper in the sand with each wave breaking, and we watched the hermit crabs leaving little bubbles and holes as they burrowed, “The ocean is where we are closest to God, Jenny”. That was the extent of any talk of God, but I never forgot her words. This was my fathers mother, and as an extended family we would spend our time at the beach, driving on by the inlet. There were maybe 5 families at the time who were there and we were all friends. There were no rules, no permits or plotted out campsites like today. We’d just drive to the end of Meadow Lane, all five houses that were on the ocean then stood out from the dunes, and it seemed like forever to get to the end and onto the sand where we would all get out to “air out” the tires. As a child I couldn’t know how much I would cherish those memories! Now, I can look at this powerful and beautiful image and be reminded of all of the love and amazing times at the beach...at the ocean where I would look out and wonder at its mystery, power and magnitude. Matt really captured that in this picture, and “the line” makes me think of how brave & daring one has to be to go out on the vast ocean in a relatively little boat! Thank you Matt.
I got my high gloss aluminum print of the Terri sue which is a picture of my boat and probably the best picture I have of my boat. Matt took this picture while towing past us on a snowy day and sent it to me via text little did I know how clear and well it would come out blown up 30x45. let me just say this is the centerpiece of my entry way to my house and gets so many compliments. Stunning quality. Something that will be in the family forever. Thank you so much Matt.
This aluminum print is magnificent. The light on the water is radiant and it looks like it might have been a full moon night. I’ve wanted to visit Beaufort but haven’t gotten there yet. Matt’s photography and the method in which he has chosen to print it (aluminum print) makes me feel like I’m taking a visit to Beaufort. At night with the lights on in the house the print comes to life.
The packing and shipping was impeccable.
Thank you Matt. I’m going to buy “Terri Sue”.
Me and my wife loved the striking geometry of the piece but most of all the stunning colors. It came in a sleek finish with the print fused and shining into the metal. The mounting let the picture hover over our wall which gives it a designed and luxurious feel. It looks great without a frame. Matt we love your art and your determination to share the beauty you see in this world... Thank you!