Marie Dehayes Surf Photographer
Welcome to another episode of Surf Bank's Beyond The Frame where we dive into the captivating world of surf and ocean photography, going beyond mesmerising captures exploring the backstory of many talented photographers.
In this episode we will be hearing from the talented Marie Dehayes surf photographer originating from France. Marie now shoots across France capturing some stunning images with access to popular surf spots including the notorious Hossegor.
Beyond the frame aims to inspire and inform future surf photographers and ocean lovers being your backstage pass to detailed insights from the minds behind stunning surf shots.
Marie Dehayes Surf Photographer Gallery
What Did Your Childhood Look Like?
I grew up in the countryside of France. My family owned a boat which my familt took trips on every weekend and plus vacation.
Fun fact: My father built the boat himself, an old rig. We went fishing a lot paired with sea trips. I spent a lot of time around the ocean and loved it!
What Came First, Surfing or Photography?
Photography! My father took photos and as far as I remember I always had a camera. Disposable, underwater or simply film, I had access to these objects. Then, during my studies at Fine Arts, I discovered silver development and explored different techniques. I continued my career as a designer and as I grew up I was able to buy equipment. For photography in the water (as I like to dive) I started with a GoPro. Then, as I became closer to the surfing world, I invested in a water housing.
How Did You Get Into Surf Photography?
I've been doing landscape photography forever. I love nature, wide open spaces and especially anything that involves water, in solid or liquid form. I recently moved near the ocean to reconnect with nature. Surfing came into my life a few years ago through travel and then officially only a year ago. I started surfing and naturally took photos of athletes, surfers and anyone having fun in the water. I'm lucky to live in Hossegor in France, a place where surfing is almost a religion. Summer and winter, the conditions allow access to fabulous spots.
Where Do You Normally Shoot?
Between the Landes and the Basque Country where I live, Hossegor is a great spot for big waves. I also like to shoot when I travel, my housing follows me everywhere!
Where Do You Shoot? Water or Land?
Both! I like to take moments when I'm on the beach and be able to freeze the movement of a surfer in a wave, in full action. This also allows me to take photos of the environment and create the necessary atmosphere.
I also love being in the action shooting in the water and getting details you don't get from the beach. When you are shooting from the water you are able to capture texture of water, drops and body parts close-up. I also shoot with a drone from the air to get a different, wider and more inspiring angle.
What Makes The Perfect Image?
Good light preferably at sunrise or sunset, not too harsh. Clear water, a varied background environment (mountain, palm trees whatever), perfect surfing conditions, a motivated surfer and off you go! But I'm not sure that the perfect image exists, sometimes the beauty lies in the imperfections and what we hadn't planned.
How Did You Become So Involved In The Surf Scene?
I found myself deeply immersed in the captivating surf scene of Hossegor, driven by my passion for photography and a interest in capturing the essence of coastal life. The renowned surf breaks along the southwestern coast of France were very inviting to me, and I naturally decided to make the vibrant surf culture of Hossegor the focus on a daily basis. My exploration commenced with attending local surf competitions and events, where I was not only mesmerised by the skilful manoeuvres of the surfers but also embraced the infectious energy of the surfing community.
Do You Have A Favourite Photographer That Has Inspired You?
What's Your Biggest Challenge To Overcome When Shooting?
Having the right physical conditions when you shoot from the water, managing not to have any drops on the port and tolerating the heat for hours on your feet when you shoot from the beach in the middle of summer...nothing insurmountable! 🙂
Marie's Equipment List
Marie's Favourite Shot Taken
It's a surfer caught on Gravière beach in Hossegor. That day, the conditions were really challenging and I really like the emotion that emerges from this photo. Decision making, waiting, all in an almost ghostly atmosphere.
May each session bring new friendships, shared laughter, and a profound appreciation for the beauty of our ocean playground. May the surf culture continue to thrive, fostering respect for nature and unity among surfers worldwide.
May women be better represented in this sometimes too sexist sport and most importantly, that we continue to care about the preservation of the ocean.
Marie's Future Plans
In 2024 I would like to go to different destinations both for surfing and to take photos. I haven't planned anything yet but it won't be long!
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