There is nothing ordinary about Ray Luis. Born in New York on July 12 1977, his birthday would forever go into the history books as the famous 24 hour 1977 New York City Black Out. That particular month was a month of extreme temperatures and chaotic events. Ray however was blissfully unaware of all this, spending the first month of his life with his parents in the Bronx.
At early age Ray Luis moved to Florida. It is here that he attended high school and later followed a study that would make him a professional nutrition and fitness trainer. By the time we introduced Ray in 2011 he lived in Detroit, following acting classes. All that has changed again, now, a little over a year later.
Photographer Murray! originates from Toronto, Canada but a job in car design brought him eventually to Detroit, Michigan. Besides having an obvious impeccable eye for the smooth and streamlines curves of today’s most beautifully designed cars, Murray! also has an exquisite eye when it comes to the curves of the male form. His impressive portfolio of artistic male photography is proof of that.
Murray! had been shooting for his 2014 calendar all summer and was ready for a break. Meaning shooting something else. Where the calendar is based on happy colored theme shots, Murray! now wanted to do something more dark and edgy. And that is when he met Ray Luis. A big coincident indeed since Ray Luis no longer resides in Detroit and even had decided to retire from the modelling business. After having suffered a physical injury Ray decided to devote his time to a new job that brought him far from Detroit, to a new city in the remote Smokey Mountains. His injury had prevented him following his normal work out routine and so when Murray! approached him with his idea that would not only be sexy and gritty but also bring Ray back out of his retirement, he had reservations to start with. But gratefully Murray! can be very convincing and after discussing the possibilities of the theme, Ray Luis agreed to appear one more time fro the camera.
Although to his own saying not in top form, I think we can all agree Ray Luis has no reason to be afraid anyone will be offended by his physical state. As for Murray!’s concept: Ray Luis had no problem what so ever to put himself in panty hose and ladies underwear for this particular shoot. If nothing else, it only accentuates his great masculinity. A Great set from a great photographer with a great model. And if that wasn’t all, Murray! was also able to convince Ray to pick up modelling on a consistent base. Take a bow for Murray! And Ray Luis of course. -BM-
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