When I was a child, in the early ‘80s, I heard my father spending his nights sorting through his slides from his big trip to China. Years later, I became Arthus-Bertrand’s assistant and flew with him all over the world. Both of them passed on their passion to me.
Your inspiration (artistically, in particular)?
Nicolas de Stael and Rothko. The seascapes of Sugimoto. Arthus-Bertrand, of course! And also the piano solos of Keith Jarret. It is very important to me that a photograph relates to a piece of music.
What characterises your style?
I am very fond of the line of the horizon, which is always perfectly central in my pictures. This notion of a dialogue between the sky and the water, the two primary elements, is fundamental in my work.
What was the context for the creation of this series?
I created High Seas while sailing across the Atlantic as a duo, in December 2019. All of the photographs from this series were taken very far from any land, where you become truly open to contemplation and blend in with your surroundings.
Do you have an anecdotes to share with us?
My photos really wouldn’t be what they are now if it weren’t for the talent of my little sister, who is a photo retoucher in London and brings her critical eye to bear on my images, in her spare time!
The photo that you would love to have taken?
The famous Earthrise photograph taken by the NASA astronauts from the Moon. What incredible emotion.
Your most recent award / finest achievement?
To have my photographs selected by YellowKorner!
Your upcoming projects?
I am preparing a series of seaside landscapes with full moon nights, at Capbreton, where I live.
Do you have a slogan?
“Impose your luck, embrace your happiness and go toward your risks: by looking at you, they'll get used to it.” (René Char, The Dawn Breakers / Les Matinaux)
Your favourites among the YK collection?
Moon Rise by Po Chen.