Rockaway Beach based photographer Susannah Ray is documenting her neighborhood, one photo at a time. Ray moved to the Rockaways in 2004 from Brooklyn in order to spend more time with her family and to surf, but fell in love with photographing other surfers, and the local community.
Some of Ray’s most striking photographs are of that community, including many who surf through the winter. The project, titled Right Coast, after surfers’ nickname for the East Coast, has dramatic images of wet-suited men and women hauling their boards under gray skies, through snow and even blizzards. Ray says that’s because most of the year, the waves in the Rockaways are small.