Jeff Merlet | Santa Cruz CA, United States

Short bio:
Jeff Merlet, Ph.D. in Computer Science, is of French descent, born and raised in Morocco, who is a happy husband and father enjoying his life in Santa Cruz, California, playing in the ocean. His personal interests include spending quality time with his family and wave riding.

Why do you photograph on film?
I like the warmness and organic feeling that the film is providing me.

What is your work about?
Favoring simple over complicated has always been one of my core motivations when creating things including photographs. Simplicity is for me about reducing the noise, creating intimacy, reaching to the viewer’s own feeling and interpretation. I like to take my time and immerse myself into the surroundings, and take one photograph at a time. My main focus is on the ocean riders scene, where I am trying to capture the connection between man and the ocean, and the life around the ocean.