In search of shooting watersports in great conditions, Ben Thouard became a resident of Teahupo’o, Tahiti for ten years. The area is known for its surf break and heavy, glassy waves perfect for Ben’s now iconic underwater photography. It was in this playground that his obsession with the surface - and what’s below it – became the driving force behind SURFACE – The Book.
Today, Ben shares with us his vision of the ocean and his motivation behind creating this eco-friendly book:
“SURFACE is more than just a series of photos, it is a body of work that tells my story and expresses my personal vision of the ocean! This unique element is my source of inspiration and creativity. It is where I spend the most of my time, it’s my comfort zone, and it’s where I feel at home.
“Being in the water since my younger age, I developed an obsession for waves. This is what took me to the island of Tahiti, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. For the last 10 years in Tahiti, I developed my own style and path to create new and unseen ocean images.
“This is when the surface became an obsession.
“It’s on the surface, or rather just below the surface, exactly where everything takes place for me, that I decided to focus. Sculpted by the crazy energy of the swell, giving birth to the waves, the surface takes on unique shapes, changes appearance by the hour, displaying light shows and infinite textures.
“Underwater, it sometimes fades, for a split second, offering a glimpse into our world. Becoming a perfect mirror, you feel as though inside a giant bubble. It is, after all, the subject of all my images.
“I hope that through these pages, I have been able to convey a feeling for the ocean. A wonderful place that I’m passionate about, that I love and protect.”
Discover more about the book by following Ben on Instagram!