Xavier Rey is a legendary black and white photographer based in Bordeaux, France. Passionate about sea and waterscape photography, he goes well beyond the traditional artworks, transferring his unique and elegant photographic style into melancholic, expressive and creative finely crafted compositions. Each piece of his inspiring photographs achieves the richest tonal depth and balance, emphasizing subjects elected in nature.
We had the opportunity to interview this master of seascapes so please check below his answers and magnificent photos.
Tell us about something about Xavier Rey Photography?
Xavier Rey Photography is the chance of a discovery of photography, sharing with other photographers. This growing passion led me to evolve beyond me, and I continue day after day to discover, marvel…
What’s your creative process like?
I have no creative process perfect, nothing is calculated when I make a photograph. I find a place, a light and I try to make the best to translate my feelings at that time, both when shooting and during post processing.
Where do you find inspiration and why you like photography?
Most of my inspiration comes from nature, the world around me. Take long exposure photography is taking your time, listen to the world around us, communing with him. Those moments are precious and very important to me. There is a 2nd phase of photography is the image processing: The work of densities, contrasts can add more to the image, to communicate through the visual to create a mood, a vision…
What are some tips you could give to people that really like your work?
The only advice I would give is that I was given when I started: The best way to learn photography is to love and practice it. To experiment over and over again, developing its own path and its own technical e most important have fun doing what we do. The key word is doing what we love. The technique is more, it is important, but it does not replace the photographic eye.
Can you name some of the photographers that inspires you and why?
Nick Brandt, Mark Tucker, Michael Kenna are masters, sources of admiration. Their work makes me dream, makes me a kid again, the stars in their eyes … But the most important meetings for me were those with my photographer friends, both human and photographically. Upon contact, I learned, expanded my vision and shared many things and this continues day after day … To name a few: Denis Olivier, Alain Etchepare, Michel Rajkovic Philippe Mougin, Bruno Mercier, etc … And photographer I most admire in the world for his immense talent and creativity: Julie Rey who is also my wife.
Dear Xavier thank you for sharing the beauty that your eye beholds. It was a pleasure for us to be able to feature such a great portfolio, and bright techniques. Don’t hesitate to inform us about your next projects. We will be more than happy to feature them.