Ray Sullivan was born in  Savannah, Georgia.  His father was an officer in the Air Force and Ray moved several times thoughout his childhood/teenage years with his parents to bases in Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, and California. He attended college at Eastern Washington State and graduated from Washington State University in the cinema sequence of the Communications Department.  

Ray left the Pacific Northwest and eventually moved to Atlanta to begin a career in the film and video business. Working on sound stages as well as a grip and lighting technician in movies and commercials, he began to do camera work and developed a diverse clientele. Ray was awarded a national Emmy for his  work on the ESPN Production “Catfish Hunters”.  Throughout his career, he continued working on photography as a hobby.

Ray, his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Charlie, moved to LaGrange, Georgia and built a home on West Point Lake.  A few years later a puppy who had  been abandoned under an overpass came into their lives and Charlie named him Bocephus. Bo quickly became an integral part of the family and was later joined by Calpurnia, a young dog who was abandoned in the woods near their home.

Ray continues his career in video and photography and when not working, he can be found walking with Bo (and now Cali too) in the woods and around the lake.

 
Every dog lover will immediately understand and love this book. But it’s much more than that. There’s a deeper message here. This book will make you stop and think about how you really want to live your life—and then inspire you to do so.
— Cal Fussman, Esquire
 

ZEN AND THE ART OF DOG WALKING

FROM THE AUTHOR: This collection of photographs and musings is a simple descriptive journey of how I discovered natural beauty and spiritual peace by walking our dog... of how Bo and I not only discover each other but also the world around us. Bo was an abandoned puppy and I had recently moved to the country with my wife and son. After Bo came to us, while my wife was at work and son at school, the two of us began to take walks through the woods and around the lake that was nearby. I needed the exercise and Bo, being a puppy, needed to burn off energy. As we both began to become aware of our surroundings, the whole process became more enlightening to me and opened a whole new sensory world to Bo. Early on I began to take a camera along mostly to capture Bo being his dog self. I began to become aware of my environment, expanding not only my consciousness but the subject matter for the photographs as well. We are now a few years down the road and have grown together in many ways due in large part to these dog walks that we take together. Bo has taught me many things; I have opened my mind to new thoughts; we have shared many experiences and I see the visual world in a whole new way. So...Bo and I invite you to join us on a simple tale of discovery in the absolute joy and enlightenment of a dog walk. As someone told me after reading the book, “It's what we're all looking for.

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Hardcover | ISBN 978-1-941165-90-4 | 120 Pages
PETS / Dogs / General
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