Thank you for visiting my photostream.
I’m Katrin Ray, a Toronto-based artist, as well as my husband (Yuri Shumakov aka Julian Ray), who is also a composer, whose music inspires me continuously :-)
You can listen to his music at his website.
Well-known in Origami world as the Shumakovs, Yuri and I are internationally recognized professional origami artists. First introduced to origami in France in 1989, we developed this art in our unique way. We created the fantastic Oriland world, which consists of amazing creations: goblins and wizards, castles of magical wonder, dragons, princesses, trees and flowers, sailing ships and sea creatures, dinosaur skeletons and so much more including elegant floral arrangements we call Oribana. Our origami designs have been exhibited in different countries across the globe.
See My Galleries of Oriland Exhibitions www.flickr.com/photos/katrins/galleries/
Being mostly involved into paper arts and graphic design, I also explore the world of photography and find it quite flexible for artistic expression. It’s like a digital paintbrush!
All these digital capabilities, available now, allow experimenting with new techniques to create digital art works. So, I definitely will do post-processing where I feel it is needed, or just leave the photograph pristine, depending on my idea.
I am glad to add that I'm a winner of Toronto Photo Contest 2010.
Currently my Toy-ronto series is on display at Vistek Galleries across Canada!
See the schedule and locations at www.vistek.ca/marketing/community/photogallery/
I love creativity and everything connected with it.
Je suis artistique et j'adore ca ! :-)
Have inspirational time here!
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By the way, talking about inspiration... If you got some inspiration from my ideas reflected in my artworks and would like to try something like that... I generally don't mind, but, please, don't forget that it will be fair and polite if you mention in your work where you got your inspiration from and link back to my work. Thank you!
It's always great when you found your own way, something unique that nobody done before, believe me :-) So, happy creating something unique!
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Inspiring Photo Art - www.katrinray.com/
Currently my Toy-ronto series is on display at Vistek Galleries across Canada!
I have been chosen to be a featured photographer with my Toy-ronto in the fabulous Soura magazine, in the issue devoted to Miniature and Tilt Shift Photography. I got the 10-page article called "Paper Palette" with 15 of my photographs published there. Check it out!
Wanted to share a great news with you all - I have been chosen as a featured photographer at the most popular Flickr group "The World Through My Eyes"! I'm honored and happy :-)
Feel free to drop by to say hello and read the interview at
group's thread - Meet this weeks FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER Katrin Ray or
on THE WORLD THROUGH MY EYES: FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER blog
My work "Spring. In Work" was selected for PHOTO-OP, a Juried Photography Exhibition
The show was at John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto , Ontario, Canada, September 3 – September 25, 2009
'Snow Queen's Mischief' by Katrin Ray
Winner of The City of Toronto Photo Contest "Building a great city - together", 2010
First /Best Overall in "Toronto by night" category.
I'm happy to share a great news with you all. My Toy-ronto series was featured on the famous Toronto's blogTO!
I was interviewed by the editor Derek Flack and he put together a wonderful article on the series. You are welcome to see it and read some of "behind the scene" facts I'm revealing these about the series at www.blogto.com/arts/2010/12/toronto_turned_into_a_tiny_toy-town
These images were featured as Photo of The Day or in the articles on Toronto's sites:
Featured at articles of Toronto's sites:
Nice news - I have been featured among 30 Toronto-based photographers on this blog blog.piccsy.com/toronto-creatives/30-photographers-from-t... They have chosen this very image to represent me and say I'm capturing Toronto’s most magical moments and scenery. It's nice to be appreciated :-)
This image was voted 1st place in the weekly photo contest in The World Through My Eyes!
My Artwork for Julian Sound Calendar 2012 by Julian Ray Music
My Green Planet appeared in Holland Herald magazine
Our Origami Condo in My Hands on the cover of CM Magazine!
One of my Astro Projection images on CM Magazine Cover
My book-cover artwork for "Your Life is Your Masterpiece" book by Dr. Cesar Vargas
My Idyllic Planet made it on a Russian magazine cover
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All my works are copyright protected. You may not copy, download or use them in any way without my permission. Please, do not hesitate to contact me in case you want to use them any way. - Katrin Ray
View My Gallery in FLUIDR mode
Have a look at a collaborative project "Toy-kyo" I did with Hisako R.
Please, restrain from posting flashing glitter graphics, large awards / invites and other images or self-advertising in the comments. I think that from an aesthetic point of view, it detracts from a photography and I don't like it.
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"I stumbled upon Katrin's work by way of another contact, glad I did really as I would be really missing out. Katrin is one of those creative types, who just oozes talent and within many mediums. I think what I love most is her ability to bring these together within her photography. You never quite know what you are going to get next; magic planet, tilt/shift, origami, astro-projections .. or my personal favourite, sunshine magic.
It's been a real pleasure following your work Katrin, and I look forward to sharing your creative journey for many years to come!"
8th April, 2013
"Katrin is probably the kindest, loveliest and most supportive wonder photo creator I have had the chance of encoutering on flickr.
I must admit I have been inspired by Katrin since the day I found your stream and at the moment have been experimenting with long exposure zoom and bokeh techniques, though obviously they're not quite as stunning as hers.
The main point being, is just to say that Katrin is such a wonderful and delightful being and the effect she has on people she has never met, spanning oceans and miles of land is incredible; she has the kindest soul and Katrin, you are just sublime."
16th April, 2012
"I always enjoy keeping up with Katrin’s work. With each presentation, the photo and her words, she puts forth something positive, uplifting and interesting to look at. Her images are the ones where I almost always have to look at the large size, just so I can soak in all the coolness. To be honest, her tilt-shit images (especially the snowy, night shots) are my favorites! She has a unique way of capturing cityscapes. Looking at her work, you can tell she takes the time to grab just the right exposures—they’re so clean and well-composed.
Thanks, Katrin for sharing your creative works with all of us. Also, thanks for the time you faithfully take to stop by and encourage me with sincere words. Your happy comments always make me smile. I know you have many contacts and it can be difficult sometimes to keep up, but you always do, and I really appreciate it."
6th February, 2012
"I always enjoy visiting Katrin's stream. Her style and whimsical images are artistic, playful, inspiring and pure beauty. When viewing her magical tilt-shift images I feel like I'm stepping inside a fairtytale. Her talents and creativity never cease to amaze the viewer that comes across her stream - fantastic range and just pure talent! I am truly honored to have found such a wonderful flickr contact and friend and appreciate your conistent and thoughtful encouragement you give me. Much love Katrin."
18th February, 2011
⊰s ⊱ says:
"I am so impressed by Katrin's inspirational and wonderful creativity that I felt it was time to write this talented and lovely lady a testimonial that is long over due. Her recent work is so astounding she leaves me in awe with each wonderful inventive image.From her series of the blue hour and the painting with brush images to my most favorite of all her fabulous city tilt shift images which I could just sit for hours looking at them all.
Thank you Katrin for your beautiful photography you share on flickr every week loading one brilliant work of art one after the other.Ive also enjoyed the links to your album images for your Julian's wonderful music.
Your dear and sensitive comments on my stream and support is very appreciated. Thank you for being a sweet friend and contact."
24th May, 2010
Karin A ~ says:
"Katrin is such a talented person and it's hard to describe her work in just a few words. Her origami for Oriland is simply amazing and so is her shots. I especially enjoy how she displays her series. It's artistic, poetic, inspirational and always fun to see!
Over the months Katrin has become a true friend. She is such a sweet person, always generous and warm and it seems like she really puts her soul in everything that she does. Thank you for sharing your beautiful world with us!"
23rd March, 2009
- Katrin Shumakov
- April 2008
- Toronto, Canada
- I am:
- Female and Taken
- Oriland: What Origami Can Be!
- Katrin [at] oriland.com