Ray Rafiti is a Wyoming native currently living in Fort Collins, Colorado. Born a fresh air junkie, he’s spent much of his adult life wandering diverse wilderness with a fly rod in one hand and a camera in the other. When asked what he liked about fly-fishing he’d often respond “I like where my fly rod takes me”. The same is now true with his camera.
A few years back during a winter time visit to Yellowstone, his path crossed with the Druid Peak wolf pack. For a week he followed their movement as they traveled through Lamar Valley. The experience transformed his definition of truly wild wilderness and dramatically impacted the focus of his photography. Observing the natural world through a camera lens is something he doesn’t take for granted. Being witness to those fractional moments in time illustrates the delicate tension that exists in natural order.
As a nature photographer he believes he has the responsibility to give back…to give a voice to endangered wildlife and threatened ecosystems. Ten percent of his sales proceeds go to conservation organizations most able to impact species or regions from where the images were captured.
The focus of his work is wildlife, nature and the American West. His images are meant to capture the mood, spirit and personality of wild faces and wild places. Ray’s photographs and articles can be found in a variety of national wildlife and photography publications.
The Photography of Ray Rafiti – Wild Faces Wild Places