My name is Syrène (short cut of Sylvie Irene). I was born and raised in a beautiful concrete jungle, Paris, but for as long as I can remember I have yearned to be in wild nature. When I enter a forest or free dive into the sea, I feel as though I have come home. This deep love of nature informs my life and my art practice.
My work explores the relationship between humans and the natural world.
Dancing through light and exploring common themes of rebirth, in the human condition, linkening the Human Body to Mother Earth and vice et versa.
My everyday experience of the world around me is an invitation to question, explore and wonder, using my eyes and analog or digital cameras. I find myself continually falling in love exploring light, seen or unseen. I am not afraid to dive deep into darkness to process it.
Whatever’s inside making me what I am, it’s like film. Film only works in the dark. Tear it all open and let in the light and you kill it.
Observing the world and taking it all in, in full details, inspires my next capture and next action step to a more sustainable world. I find a deep sense of fulfillment in knowing that living with care and awareness of the nature wonders can impact the world as a whole.
Through my photos, I aim to inspire the gratitude to be alive on a magnificent planet full of wonders and to message others that there are simple ways to respect the Blue Planet we breathe in.
Working on the expression of the dualities of Nature and Humanity, I have founded Waho, a non-profit, heavily drawing from my commitment to improving the way we live through environmental awareness, activism and sustainable practice.
Water has been always a sanctuary for me and a great guide in my life's journey. Free diving, dolphin dance, surfing... and also in deep inner communion having each year a 3 weeks water fast alone in the wild nature by a fresh waterfall drinking only pure water from the source and immersing my body in the river before receiving vitamin D from the Sun, for 21 days.
Now more than ever I feel we need to connect with the Water, to bring its qualities consciously into our body, to listen to the secrets that water holds, and practice how to embody the qualities of water into our everyday life.
To regenerate our physical body, recharge our energy, learn how to embody gratitude and self-love, flowing with the ascending forces of nature.
As you simplify your life,the laws of the universe will be simpler
Henry David Thoreau
Life is a divine Leela* Let’s embrace our differences, support each other through the challenges, learn how to laugh at ourselves, and have respect and gratitude for the gift of life around us.
* Leela literally means play, and is the word commonly used in India for the play of the Divine. This point of view, naturally, assumes that there is a Divine; that having ‘created’ the universe, It is actively engaged in the affairs of Its creation; and that for It all the happenings of the universe that we sometimes take so seriously are a mere game. The game consists of changing forms, and new experiences, somewhat like what happens on a movie screen. Since Vedanta looks upon the material world as a manifestation of the Divine, the play consists essentially of the Divine creating and recreating Itself. As Sri Aurobindo says, the Divine is “Himself the play, Himself the player, Himself the playground.”