My name is Ben Thouard, I'm a water photographer and I'm based in Tahiti.
I've been shooting watersports from the water since day one, but I've dedicated my time to shooting surfing and waves exclusively underwater for the last ten years or so.
There is no better inspiration for me than the underwater world!
I have focused on underwater photos and created a collection that describes the other side of surfing, the unseen, what goes beyond the action, the behind-the-scene, the energy that goes into making the action and the amazing environment in which the surfer evolves.
Tahiti is one of the best places on earth for this and that’s why I’ve been fascinated by this environment.
My goal in photography is to convey emotions and beauty through my photographs.
And for this I try to combine aestheticism and power in the same photos, seeking inspiration from underwater, where strange things happen!
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