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
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.
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.
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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.