Ray Cornett



Ray Cornett is a self-taught freelance professional photographer with a penchant for image purity in his work. This means his photographs are unretouched for the most part. Any retouching Ray does mimics only the techniques used in a traditional dark room and is done only in the rarest of instances. His first attempts at photography started at about the age of ten shooting anything he found interesting from flowers to people to inanimate objects and tall buildings in the downtown area of his hometown of Cincinnati, with a 1940s Kodak Brownie he purchased for two dollars at a garage sale. Then, in Ray's early teen years he moved on to his parents Yashica Electro 35 35mm camera which he commandeered and still has to this day.

In 2001 Ray began photography on a professional level shooting models for fashion, glamour, the occasional wedding. Therefore, due to client demands for faster turn around time for the results of the shoots, his film photography fell by the wayside. However, over the last couple of years his photography has taken him back to his roots of art photography. As a result Ray is beginning to use only film for his art photography while still being able to keep clients happy by using digital equipment if required. Ray has several new series and themed projects in the works and he is working on self publishing a series of books of his photography.

As you can see Ray's subjects of interest vary widely but the premise of his work is - Provoke thought, get people talking, make the viewer see things in a different way and hopefully inspire others to be creative in their own way.


If you have been given a talent don't just use it. Say something with it.

While not all of my photographs are didactic, my photography as a whole does have one message. That message being "There is beauty in everything". My goal in every photograph I make is to bring that beauty, which may not always be obvious, to the forefront.

In addition to not having a message behind every photograph I make, my photography has no one single focus in subject or style. I love far too many genres of photography and far too many styles to pigeon hole myself into making photographs of everything I photograph the same way as everything else I photograph. I simply photograph the subject in the style I feel it looks best.