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Passenger Clothing would like welcome Photographer and Filmmaker Romain Juchereau to the family.
We asked Romain to give us some info about himself and what he's been up to lately.
What ﬁrst attracted you to photography and surf photography in particular?
I guess when I started ﬁlming; I was just doing it for fun. I was 14 years old, and I was ﬁlming my friends skim boarding and surﬁng with my dad's VHS camera. A few years later, I started to travel and get into photography. There are so many beautiful places in this world that I didn’t want to miss out of any of them. I focused on landscape and surﬁng ﬁrst and then opened my mind and my eyes to various subjects. It was the beauty of nature, people and lights through the lens that attracted me to photography.
Your photographs have a nostalgic quality. Is this something you actively seek to create or the result of your subconscious inﬂuences?
Yeah, I feel like I should have been born earlier! I love looking at old photos, polaroids etc. They have so much soul, it's like they're talking to you, and they’re telling you a story. I do try to create that same result using old analog cameras from the 1960's and the late 1970's. I also use expired ﬁlm.
You photograph using both analog and digital methods. Do you have a preference for one style over the other?
I started photography with an analog camera, possible influenced by my family, who always look through old photo albums. When digital cameras came out, most people gave up analog for digital. And I did try digital. I bought a reﬂex camera, and took thousands of photos in different countries, put them on a hard drive and spent days sorting them out. I thought that at least with analog ﬁlms, you only have a certain amount of shots; it makes you focus more on your composition, your creativity. Also, I missed the grain and the soul that an analog photo shows. That's why a few years ago I started to go back to my analog photography and bought some old expired rolls of ﬁlm and started to shoot analog again. The results made me smile and gave me more satisfaction that most of the digital shots I’ve ever taken.
You’re also a ﬁlmmaker. What, in your opinion, makes for a good piece of ﬁlm?
A good scenario, a good story, some great actors or performers and some perfect waves whatever size! And also a great soundtrack! It's hard in surf ﬁlm to get all of these things together.
You live in La Rochelle, in the South West of France. What’s the local surf scene like there?
La Rochelle is a beautiful city on the coast, pretty small for a city but there are many surfers down here. The ﬁrst spots are about 30 min away from the city but surfers can drive an hour to ﬁnd a good spot, as there are plenty of options for different wind directions, which is great.
To see more of Romain’s photography and to keep track of what he’s working on next, have a look at his website, http://www.romainjuchereau.com.
Below is the trailer from Romain Juchereau's Film 'Behind The Tide'.
Filmed in beautiful locations in Australia, Cornwall and France, Behind The Tide provides an insight into creative individuals who have forged a living through their passion for surfing. It shows a different perspective on surf culture, focusing on those working independently and outside of the mainstream. From shapers to photographers, the film documents how art and a love of riding waves transcends both geographical and cultural boundaries. Featuring Neal Purchase Jr, Dane Peterson, Tom Wegener, Nathan Oldfield, Thomas Bexon, James Parry, Joe Davies, James Otter, Karl Mackie, Ben Cook, Ben Skinner, Fred Branger and many others.
Subtitles available: English, french and Spanish.
You can purchase 'Behind The Tide' here.