Wray Photography and Design
Wray Photography and Design
Research / Ideation
0 Filter was part of a project focusing on material and production design. We began with the task of designing a new product for outdoor adventures such as hiking, backpacking and portaging. This product must meet the clients needs of being reusable, durable, reliable, lightweight, compact, waterproof and repaired or customized if needed. The product must follow the vision of cradle to cradle, being manufactured using low-embodied energy materials and / or recycled materials to minimize environmental impact, as well as the ability to last for continuous reuse or resale. The first step in this process was research and ideation. We began with finding our desired materials and manufacturing process, which then led us towards our initial concepts.
Initial concepts were tested and modeled to find ideal size, shape, and ergonomics. Through scratch models we were able to test how the water will flow through the bag and how we will be able to provide enough pressure to push the water through the filtration system. Many models similar to the model below were constructed. The final model with a plastic strip across the bottom was chosen to provide the given pressure, ability to fold down/pack, and be ergonomically friendly for users.
With the materials we have chosen, when the product has reached the end of its life we will be able to take the product back and recycle 100% of the PDK into new units to be resold again, this will not only cut down on costs of materials but also the environmental impact of our product. For the filter materials, if using silicon dioxide and POM’s, these can be discarded safely with zero negative effects on the environment, and if using the graphene oxide it can be broken down and recycled. When graphene oxide is recycled the only waste is the minerals and ions collected by the filter. With the purchase of this product you become a part of a group of people dedicated to reusable materials and products designed for the environment. Using this to help sell our product with a target audience of people who love the outdoors will give our design the upper hand compared to other similar products on the market.
CAD models were then produced and tested to find ideal filtration systems and filtration holding pouches. The final decision was to use a nipple mouth piece and attach it to a screw on/off filtration system. This allows the water bottle to be both a regular bottle when using it in every day life as well as a back country camping bottle with the ability to screw in a filter to clean your drinking water.
The final design consisted of a mid size, light weight, fully recyclable water bottle designed and used for your everyday life or back country backpacking. The design incorporates 100% recyclable PDK plastic used over and over again to ensure the ultimate protection of our environment and eco-systems.
Justin Wray, Photographer, Industrial Designer
Justin Wray is an 21 year old student who is in his fourth and final year of study in Industrial Design at Humber College. Summers at the family cottage have always found Justin outdoors, getting dirty, chasing any wildlife that moved. That early fascination grew into a passion for taking pictures. Justin hopes you’ll appreciate his love for the beauty of the natural world.
What We Do
Right now, we are focusing on Justin's photography.
Over time we will also include offerings of Justin's design work.
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Rocks, Trees, Water... and other classic elements
My family has cottaged in Muskoka since the 1950's. I am in my element whether I'm in the bush or on the water.
For me, Muskoka is where some of my best memories have been made.
Stay tuned as I begin to build a portfolio of classic Georgian Bay and Algonquin photographs.
I've grown up listening to birdsongs and observing them in the garden, in the bush and on the lake. Birds captivate me as subject matter for my photography because they are so vital, so dynamic. I feel connected to the world around me - and can't help but feel happy - watching birds in their natural habitat.
By documenting the diversity of bird species we find in the local environment I hope to create empathy, and awareness for the importance of habitat protection.
Bees, Bugs and Butterflies Series
As a photographer I am fascinated by colour, composition and detail. As a naturalist I understand the importance of our pollinators, and other insect life.
This series of photographs is intended to celebrate them and draw attention to their critical role in the maintenance of our ecological systems.
Visit NatureWatch and take part in citizen science to help track changes to a variety of populations.
At heart I'm still just a big kid. I grew up watching chipmunks and raccoons on the deck, self-serving at the bird feeders. Trips in the car always involved games of 'I Spy' as well as scanning for deer and moose and other wildlife.
I enjoy time spent still, quietly observing and recording with my lens.
This series combines my love of colour with my love of portraiture. I use my floral studies, in particular, to work on developing my eye for composition, and for developing my technique.
Moments to Remember
As much as I enjoy solitude, many of my best memories are of being actively engaged in sports and other activities with friends and family. I enjoy the challenge of taking a good action or candid shot to record those memories.
This is an area of photography I wish to explore more in the future.
Contact me if you'd like to talk about having me come out and take some action shots.
People and Pets
For me portraits are about capturing emotion, especially joy. It's about creating an image which allows you to recall the original emotional experience associated with the time and/or place. It's also about recording, for posterity, those serendipitous moments in life.
This is another area of photography I wish to explore more in the future.
Contact me if you'd like to talk about having me come out and take some portrait photos of you and your family at your cottage.
Artistic Images, and the Black and White Series
I enjoy the aesthetic of timeless, 'classic' black and white photography. Shooting in black and white on purpose really forces me to think about composition, and lighting.
My 'artsy' photos are also all about refining my technique and honing my skills as a photographer.
Cityscapes and City Scenes
As I get older and am able to get out and about and really explore the city around me - beyond my backyard and the neighbourhood I grew up in - I am developing an appreciation for the, sometimes contradictory, beauty of urban life.
Looking to the future
Most of our family travel pre-dates my Nikon camera and special lenses. I look forward to sharing more photos from my personal travels in the future... once I finish my post-secondary education and have more time and opportunity.
© Wray Photography and Design 2021