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Beautiful high speed captures of waves at moment of their rupture and subtly transformed into true photographic sculptures by French photographer Pierre Carreau based in the Caribbean islands of St. Bartholomew.
For Carreau, the action of waves reveals a unique visual phenomenon conveying a sense of the paradox of power and fragility that exists therein. As Carreau’s describes the goal of his work, it is to « transfer the waves’ energy to those who view them. » The images often evoke a range a emotions depending on the state of mind and perspective of the viewer, from the exhilaration familiar to surfers to the meditative calm we feel in moments of peaceful introspection. What is remarkable about the AquaViva is the interplay between concealment and revelation in each work. An arch of water that appears to be rendered in shades of gray in fact contains a flurry of polychromatic elements, reflections that become apparent on closer inspection. « Water is amazing, » Carreau explains. « Basically it has no color, but through reflection and refraction it can possess all of them, the entire spectrum of light. »
The reality of these moments of exquisite beauty and emotion existing before our eyes, not invisible yet unperceivable to us, lies at the heart of Carreau’s artistic intention. In this relationship, the photographer and camera act as a conduit carrying the emotional impact from the element of water itself to the evolved perception of the viewer, whose very existence is an extension of the subject.