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.

Even after a swim gone wrong left the former commercial fisherman paralyzed from his chest down in 2019, his love for the water — and capturing it through his camera lens — persists, though it has taken on a new shape and approach.

Using a drone, Raynor has completely shifted to aerial photography, which will be on view alongside his older work starting Saturday, October 10, as part of a show featuring 13 fellow artists hosted by the Ecological Culture Initiative (ECI) at St. Joseph Villa in Hampton Bays, which is home to the Good Ground Heritage Garden.


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