These Ocean Waves Look Like Liquid Sculptures

By Megan Gambino

Photos © Pierre Carreau

“I feel like a hunter of perfect moments,” says Pierre Carreau. Most days, in a 20-minute window when the lighting is just right, the photographer is on the beach near his home on the Caribbean island of St. Barth shooting curling waves.

Carreau is mesmerized by breaking waves—the physical result of wind rippling the water surface and friction causing crests to spill onto shore—and he wants to freeze them and share them with the landlocked. ”My goal is to focus on the wave shapes that create a paradox of power and fragility,” he says.

See more of Carreau’s photos of sun-kissed breakers at Smithsonian.com.
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