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Ray Lewis talks photography and style

By Sloane Brown

For The Baltimore Sun

12:12 PM EST, November 13, 2012

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Some consider Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis, 37, an artist on the football field. But that's only one area where he expresses himself. You'll find creativity in how he presents himself -- he designs most of his suits -- and the world he sees around him in his photography -- both of which were on display at Maryland Art Place's "LUX" Gala. "The Sun Diaries" is a group of five photos Lewis took of his favorite subject, the sun.

"My art really symbolizes something that man doesn't control."

HIS STYLE: "Passionate. Everything I do, no matter what I put on, I do it with passion. ... Definitely dress is one of the biggest things I do with energy."

WHAT HE'S WEARING: A three-piece gray suit he designed, that features hand-stitching on the lapels. "I design them to be a bit unique. You can never walk in the same place and be seen with the same suit on [as someone else]." A custom-made white shirt with French cuffs and spread collar. A woven red and gray tie in a double Windsor knot. Fiancee Juliana Childress says Lewis is meticulous about which knot he uses for each outfit. Jeweled cufflinks that were a gift. Diamond embellished Franck Muller watch. "I've had Francks for a while now. Probably when Francks first came out, I fell in love with them. ... I'm a big watch collector."

HIS FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHIC SUBJECT: "I'm more excited about a sunrise [and sunset] than I am about anything else. ... I just think it's one of the greatest creations ever."

IT'S A PASSION GREATER THAN FOOTBALL: "Because you're talking about life. Football itself is a game. You know, the game will fade one day."