About the Book
XGRAY VISION 2009 is the third installment in a series of year-end retrospectives. What this means is that for the third time I have taken on the daunting task of summarizing an entire year's worth of photography in just a few pages. And for the third time I am not really sure what I was thinking.
In a typical year, I will click the shutter thousands of times. Actually, this year I took over 5000 digital images, plus a couple dozen or so rolls of film--and this was an admittedly "slow year" for photography. This leads to thousands of digital and film images to process. Of those thousands, around 500 were deemed "good enough" for me to share with the public. This book is a further distilling of the process that begins with each shutter click. A process intended to give just a taste of what it is like to see the world through my eyes.
"The world through a rectangle" is the simplest way to describe the photography of Stephen M. Gray. His works are part photographic art and part Zen practice. His objective, often minimalist compositions bring new light to life's mundane moments and details through the focus and context of the photographic rectangle. Though he has spent most of his adult life in such technical pursuits as software and Internet development, picking up the camera has reacquainted Stephen with his childhood goal to be an artist. Stephen lives and works in Austin, Texas with his wife Amanda. In addition to his fine art photography, Stephen also engages in event, portrait and stock photography.