The physical realm of our existence, of the world around us, can be turned to artistic purposes in an endless variety of ways.
When considered alongside the multitude of motives that artists bring to their work, the AquaViva series by Pierre Carreau achieves a rendering of emotion in its purest form. Though seemingly monomorphic, these images carry inside them the range of human emotion.
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.
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.