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Stephane Cruciani, Underwater Art Photography

Upon first glance, freelance cameraman Stephane Cruciani’s underwater photographs and video montages come across as brightly coloured, abstract images until the realization dawns that what we are in fact looking at are high resolution photographs of ocean scenes. Stephane Cruciani captures natural formations under the surface, ranging from deep-sea caves to rocks carpeted in beds of sea grass to sunlight refracted by the water's surface. His vivid photographs almost trick the eye, bringing to mind computer-generated images or photoshop altered creations. But there is no such graphic tools or artifice at work here. What Stephane Cruciani captures with his camera are pure unobstructed portraits of nature; a nature normally hidden from our view within its watery prism. His work embodies an abstract, almost surrealist art rendered with nature's own creations.

The self-proclaimed adventurer reveals to us the wonder of this hidden world. His work is a reminder that art is not always created by the hand, but some of the highest art forms that exist on this earth have been created by nature in its purest representation. Cruciani's photographs and videos are the product of a collaboration with nature born from a deep respect and appreciation for the subject at hand. For Stephane Cruciani, this underwater realm is a source of inspiration as he creates works of art of his own through a unique use of perspective and a skilled incorporation of reflection and refracted light beneath the surface. What Cruciani's work reveals is that he is not only an admirer but an artist, using the sea as his collaborator and palette with the camera as a brush in hand to create works of his own awe-inspiring proportion.


The work of Stephane Cruciani are a reminder that some of the highest art forms that exist on earth have been created by nature in its purest representation.


ABOUT STEPHANE CRUCIANI

CM: Who are you?
I was born in 1966. I am an adventurer, a freelance cameraman, and I also make video montages. I take under water photographs of the ocean. I capture vivid shots of natural formations like underwater caves, waves, and reflected and fractured light under the water. I reveal this hidden world and its beauty through my photographs.

CM: Where do you live?
I live in France, in the mountains of Haut Beaujolais region.

How did you begin your career in photography?
I never really even began a “career” in photography. I’ve sold some of my photos, but only on exceptional occasions.

CM: Did you study Photography?
No, I am self-taught. I am like my brother, who was also self-taught in photography, and passionately so. It was he who introduced me to this world. He let me use his dark room in our home to develop my photos.

CM: What was your first camera? Your first video camera?
My first camera was a Nikon FM2 and my first video camera was a Sony H18 V200.

CREATIVE PROCESS

CM: What was your first professional project?
I worked as a DJ when I was 12. My first true passion was really music and “good sound.”

CM: How do you prepare for a project?
I put aside time and energy for every project.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

CM: Do you have your own studio?
I have always had a space in my home devoted to editing my films even before everything became digital.

CM: Do you edit your own films? And do you develop your pictures?
Yes! But I am old-school. I edit my films by hand. The last photo I developed was in 1986!

CM: What inspires you?
It is water and nature that inspires me the most.

CM: Do you listen to music while you work?
Of course. Music and image go hand in hand.

PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE

CM: How would you define your style?
With my head facing down. I capture the world below us, beneath the water.

CM: What would be your dream work collaboration?
I would love to work with marine mammals, and collaborate with people who are passionate about water, about nature, like myself.

CM: What is your favourite filmmaker?
Stanley Kubrick.

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