We caught up with the young French shooter whose work has been seriously catching our eye of late. We asked him a few rapid fire questions and curated a selection of some of his most iconic images to date. Enjoy!
Where do you look for inspiration?
Inspiration can be anything! From what surrounds me directly, Basque Country is the perfect playground and I love driving along the coast between the mountains and the ocean searching for new photographs.
The light, people I meet, friends, places I go and the ocean is an important part! I also find inspiration in cinema, music, photography books and other artists/ photographers' work. I’m also a huge fan of the 'old eras' in the US mostly but in Europe too. Where surfing draws on aesthetics of the 1950/60’s. Everything of that era inspires me from the design, clothing, colours, classic cars and surfboards obviously.
Describe one of your most challenging moments shooting.
I think every shoot can be challenging in its own good way. The first time I had to direct people while shooting a campaign is probably my answer though. I don’t remember when it was but I wasn’t comfortable telling people what to do on set. In surfing you are mostly yourself, you are looking for the individual and so as a photographer you don’t have much to ask, just to be at the right time at the right place. I’m still learning everyday all aspects of photography and especially in fashion, I have a lot of work to do but it’s interesting and I enjoy working to build an aesthetic and concept according to the brand and extending that in surfing too.
What’s the stupidest thing you’ve done for a shot?
I had some mist that appeared suddenly in all my water housing while shooting in perfect glassy waves on sunset one day. Obviously I had no time to go back on the beach, it was a matter of a couple of minutes of crazy light so I opened the lens port with my hands way up in the air while swimming to remove that mist, screwed it again as a wave was coming I wanted to shoot and opened it again two or three times. It ended well for my sake with a couple a great images!
What keeps you motivated/ excited about life?
Wondering what will happen next. Traveling to discover other cultures and places, meeting new people, grabbing a couple of waves and seeing new things. I have the chance to live doing what I love for now so of course I'm excited about everything.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned since you started photography?
Open myself to people. It might not be a lesson but as I said before I’ve always been shy and talking to people has always been hard for me even if I’ve always been curious. Yes it’s a paradox. It wasn’t the reason I picked up a camera in the first place but it’s helping me everyday. My camera is the excuse to go talk and meet new people. I’ve met a lot of people that I can call my good friends now thanks to this thing!
Describe your favorite part of the world (aside from home) and tell us why.
One of my recent trips was to California for the second time. I must say that it has affected me with it's surf history, characters, surfboards, wide-open spaces, culture etc. For a French kid like me it’s candyland! It’s an inspiring place for sure but there are so many things to see in the world that I think the next destination could be my favourite. Planning, searching and finally living in the moment and being constantly surprised are the best.
Who is one of your favourite people to work with and why?
I really look up to Clovis Donizetti. Not only because he is a talented and stylish surfer. He’s always ready to shoot some images (even early in the morning sometimes). It’s a relationship where we share our ideas. He lets me know what he likes and really pushes and inspires me to make better images. We haven't been working together that long but are good friends and it's inspiring to talk with him about everything whether it’s about surf history, traditional surfboards or music, photography, arts etc. My good friend Mathieu Maréchal is amazing to work with too, a stylish surfer and always ready for a new adventure!
What’s your favorite photo (ever / at the moment) and why?
I don’t have a favourite photo in particular. I have a few that I like more than others but it’s just a matter of time before being tired and critical about them. I think it’s a never ending quest. I have been experimenting for a couple of months now testing new things like speed blurs, weird colors etc and I like the results so far!
How do you want to be remembered?
Just as a simple (big) kid running after light with a camera will be more than enough for me.