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A Poem; Using Art As Understanding

A Poem; Using Art As Understanding

  Rarely do I find myself moved by my own art. But the simplicity of this picture inspired me to write a poem. A poem about everything. I will not ...
"Steaming"  The Full Story! Accompanied by Images Taken During The Trip

"Steaming" The Full Story! Accompanied by Images Taken During The Trip

”Steaming” was shot in 2017 during a tropical storm. I was aboard the Fishing Vessel Mary Elizabeth, A 70-ft steel trawler hailing from Shinnecock,...
Vlog - My Interview, Thoughts on Being a Disabled Artist and Creating

Vlog - My Interview, Thoughts on Being a Disabled Artist and Creating

Hey, check out my most recent interview. Candid, unplanned, off the cuff. Derlis A Chavarria and  Victor Miranda created this and did a great job. Get to know the Artist through this wonderfully curated interview.

Life as a disabled Artist is captured along with many other subjects. The Video received over 5000 views

My Second Entirely Self Produced and Edited Video - Porgy Packout

My Second Entirely Self Produced and Edited Video - Porgy Packout

While accumulating clips and shots for my coming video about my accident I had the pleasure of filming the Mary Elizabeth packing porgys. I put together a quick video for you guys explaining Porgy fishing and a little bit about a fisherman's life. All the while learning filming and editing techniques. I hope you enjoy, this is new territory for me.  The Berglin's for being awesome in general and also letting me film. And thanks to the pack out dock!

I've been busy getting all my ducks in a row when it comes to running a photography business as I would love to continue this as my career. So while I haven't been active on social media posting I've been extremely busy getting the licenses and starting the business. That and figuring out how to run it! Keep tuned in, I had an amazing photo shoot over the weekend and can't wait to share the photos with you guys.
My Feature in The Sag Harbor Express

My Feature in The Sag Harbor Express

A Change of Perspective: Matthew Raynor Turns Sight from Sea to Sky through Drone Photography

By Michelle Trauring

The open sea is an endless source of inspiration, energy, mystery and wonder. It conjures fear and curiosity, longing and serenity. It is equally relentless and soothing, unforgiving and welcoming — a character that has touched, and taken, endless lives.

For Matthew Raynor, it was nearly the latter.

My First Self Produced and Edited Vlog Update

My First Self Produced and Edited Vlog Update

Check out my first self produced Youtube video. Made specially with the useless claws of a quadriplegic, this video highlights my shelter island shoot. As well as disturbing the peace dressed as a leprechaun at stop and shop. specially special. Music written and produced by Kelly Ann McNally of the Virginia Wolves. Special thanks to derlis Chavarria for Premiere Pro editing advice Check 

Vlog - Artistic Creation From Montauk to Manhattan

Vlog - Artistic Creation From Montauk to Manhattan

Here it is! This vlog follows Derlis and I from Brooklyn to Montauk as we capture the beauty of Long Island. I want to share my experience as quadriplegic artist with you. Follow us as we cruise the island in (In my stylish fully accessible Toyota Sienna) search of adventure and perfect shooting locations. This is my first YouTube video, with others already in the work. The trials, tribulations, the difficulties and accomplishments. Don't forget to subscribe as the ridiculousness will continue
Feature In 27east About Winter Exhibit

Feature In 27east About Winter Exhibit

The photography of Hampton Bays resident Matthew Raynor will be on view in an exhibition at the Southampton Cultural Center opening Saturday, December 5. Raynor, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a diving accident in April 2019 that left him paralyzed from the chest down, will be displaying a combination of pre-injury and post-injury art in the show.
ArtFest Summer of 2021 update

ArtFest Summer of 2021 update

It's been a while and as such it's time for an update on the trials and tribulations of Matt Raynor. The once deep-sea-fisherman turned Quad phot...
My Feature In Afloat Magazine

My Feature In Afloat Magazine

Life Repurposed Through Photography

By Nicole Teitler

While the rest of the world learned to navigate a pandemic, Matthew Raynor was still learning how to adjust to life in a wheelchair. In 2019, the Hampton Bays native suffered a severe spinal injury, the result of a dive gone wrong, that left him paralyzed below his collarbone. 

For some, this would signify the end of all hope, but for Matt it was the chance to start over. Prior to his accident, Raynor was a fisherman with a photography hobby that captured powerful moments at sea—buoys, tempest-tossed boats, brewing weather and big waves—images both bold and beautiful. Since, it has transformed into art therapy, and a means to pay for his recovery.

Continue Reading on the AfloatUsa Website, Link Below

My Presentation at The Parrish Hall Art Museum For PechaKucha Night

My Presentation at The Parrish Hall Art Museum For PechaKucha Night

My Presentation at The Parrish Hall Art Museum For PechaKucha Night

I gave a presentation about my life, the accident and my art.

Upon looking at his photographs, it should be no surprise that Matt Raynor of Hampton Bays, was born and raised on Long Island’s East End. His evocative photos, captured during his time as a Commercial Fisherman, exude the raw power and simultaneous peace of the natural world.

Exhibition at Southampton Cultural Center  and weekend at ECI's 'Makers Market'

Exhibition at Southampton Cultural Center and weekend at ECI's 'Makers Market'

I will be displaying a combination of pre-injury and post injury art at The Southampton Cultural Center. It's a great time to come and view my new...