In 1968, New Jersey-born Paris Gray received a Polaroid Swinger camera from his grandmother, and soon his mind was opened to the power and awe of black and white photography. He’s never put it down since. As a member of the U.S. Navy in the late 1970’s, Gray worked with the ships photographer and traveled the world, becoming inspired by architecture on a visit to Edinburgh, Scotland. Working at CalDive International in the 1980's as the company photographer, Gray shot all aspects of the diving business, on the surface and underwater. In the late 1980's, he bought a complete darkroom and continues to work with film, although he’s embraced digital.
Later in life, his love of the outdoors and nature drew him to capture landscapes. Gray’s work documents the disappearance of local woodlands and old buildings. “My source of inspiration has always been everyday things,” says the self-taught artist. Throughout his photography, Gray explores why he sees what he sees, and the details and wonder of the world around all of us.