PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE WEEK: FABIEN VOILEAU

Capturing life, Fabien uses photography as a way to stop the overwhelming process of thinking, and this is one of the reasons he found it so addictive. Being more than an amateur by now, it has already been nine years he’s doing photography in a serious way. Being from the Atlantic Coast, but now living in Paris, I thought it was weird when he told me that he was living in a city where surfing wasn’t part of the culture. But it was something paradoxical, and that’s what I liked about him and his art: it was uncommon. ‘’I would probably never had this opportunity if I would have lived somewhere else instead of Paris, well, of France. It was, and it’s still a big help towards my career’’, was his answer when I asked him if it was hard to grow in the industry while being far from any adventures and especially, surfing. ‘’The negative aspect of it is the lack of ocean and surfing. It’s probably what would make me leave, maybe tomorrow, maybe in ten years’’. Being far from the sea is something that can hurt anyone with a crush for nature and the surfing lifestyle, but wanting to focus on his career, Fabien closed his eyes and worked his way to the top.


What is he exactly searching for though? ‘’I am searching for the absolute freedom, a simple return to the elements’’.  Growing up close to the water, he wakes up one day and his whole life now made sense, and the adventure came around the same time. It was the time where you decide what you want to do with your life, who you want to be. For him, it was with only a few bucks in his pockets, endless curiosity about the world and one idea: leaving far away from home, buying a van, meeting new people to learn new things and taking pictures while enjoying good swells. So that’s what he did, almost ten years ago, when he was 22 years old. After that, he got hooked on the rush of adrenaline you get once you get out your comfort zone, ‘’you can’t stop afterwards, or nothing else makes sense anymore’’.

Fabien Voileau is our photographer of the week, and I could say that it’s because he’s the exact inspiration behind Nouvelle Vague, keeping a dream of adventures trapped inside us until we’re able to get out the city and go live it. But it is not. He’s our photographer of the week because he’s incredibly talented and he makes us live through his pictures moments that we wish we could experience, but don’t have the guts to. We’re not taking the time, and that’s one of the worst things in our life.

And you know what’s even better?
It will all start again soon as Fabien is leaving this week to meet his girlfriend in New Zealand for a month, a backpack full of films and desire. ‘’I never want to stop this life of adventures, pictures and surf. Never!’’. Well, we don’t want you to Fabien, stay with us, capture the dream and share it with our amazed eyes, we can’t wait to see what’s going to be next! 

See more of his work and follow him through

New Zealand via his website and his Instagram