http://www.echenoz-laurent.comLaurent Echenoz was born in France on the shores of the river Doubs and grew up in a peaceful village, near a forest in the Franche-Comté region. Very early, his permanent immersion in such an unspoilt nature developped his skills for the listening and observation of wildlife. As a naturalist and pioneering photographer, Laurent first learned a lot of photographic techniques with the best artists. Then, he created his own style, playing with the originality of light, of framing and of the pause time. Each picture comes to life after many hours spent waiting for the very moment. Lautent’s photography transcends Nature. It invites us for a trip to the very heart of our essence and shows us how valuable our universe is. Every tree, every plant or every animal becomes a work of art captured during ephemeral moments of intimate communion. Laurent likes to share his passion by meeting people during exhibitions, events or festivals. He then talks about his sincere and pure works, where time has no effect. He particularly enjoys such fruitful exchanges, born from the emotions aroused within us by his photographs.
« Puffin dream » goes far beyond the photographic book complemented with narratives. First and foremost it is the timeless and unprecedented human covenant between a naturalist photographer and prominent scientists. This work of art highlights all the research works carried out in the colonies around the world and reveals itself as a tribute to the men and women who are devoting their lives to the species. More than six years of field survey and three years of writing were dedicated to the successful completion of the project. « Puffin dream » was born from a dream. The dream to go on enjoying the company of the lovely clown of the seas in the years to come. It is slowly, inexorably and silently disappearing. We must not disregard the fact any longer. Its vulnerability is explained through the opinion of prominent specialists who classified the Puffin as a species in the « danger of extinction ». Global warming and many other issues related to it are contributing to this phenomenon. My fear to see it become extinct and my concerns about the evolution of our world made me aware that it was absolutely necessary to act. I decided that I would do something for it and I really loved it. Out of love and dedication, all that I have been doing through all these years, I have been doing it for the lovely Puffin.