The first photograph I ever created was with an oatmeal container pinhole camera when I was 12. Five years later I began photographing with a used Pentax K1000 my older brother left when he moved to Boston. In 2001, I graduated high school in Alanson, MI, a small village in Northern Michigan and enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Photographer's Mate. From 2001-2008, I traveled the West Coast and South East Asia viewing the world through a Sailor's lens. After the service I returned to Michigan and achieved a BA in photography from GVSU's School of Communications. In 2013 I began working with Grand Rapids Ballet for my senior thesis on the aesthetics of body movement in art and athletics. I would like to thank all the dancers, choreographers and staff of GRB, for embracing me and allowing me to share art and life with them. After five years of hard work my dance photography began to be recognized by local and online publications and I made a coffee table volume from my time thus far at Grand Rapids Ballet. This dedication and recognition has garnered invitations to work with world renowned companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and others.
Ray Nard's ArtPrize Entries
These are Ray Nard's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.