Photographer Pierre Carreau was born in 1972 near Paris surrounded by a family of artists including a photographer, painter and sculptor, all of which would influence his creative upbringing as well as his artistic output. As a child he was always fascinated by the manifestation of waves and the diversity of color, shape, and size found in each of them. Some of his first photography projects involved work for surfing magazines and water sport equipment manufacturers.
Pierre works intensively on his project “AquaViva”, a study of wave shapes.
”I like the fact that this energy comes from far away to be revealed on our beaches”.
These images mix power and fragility. Like glass or metallic sculpture, they bring us momentary treasures created by nature.
Each wave is different and a single wave offers various beautiful shapes and light reflexion. However to get a good picture, the process is extensive. Pierre has to take hundreds of shots to capture the right moment. In his words : “digital photography and the best camera/lens are absolutely necessary to create my images. Technology allows me to make it possible”.
Pierre has found small waves to be more interesting to him as they show details and transparency that are not visible on huge waves.
A perfect control of natural light is also important for the visual impact of his project. Pierre always says : “a photographer is literally someone who writes with light”.