Sidney Régis (b.1979, Guadeloupe) and grew up in Martinique. He is a multidisciplinary artist based in Paris, France, and the founder of We Were Water and Impact Through Art Foundation.
The last 25 years, Régis has worked with/in water:
as a world-class free diver (two national records),
as an underwater model (for "songs of sea" by Gregory Colbert),
as a collaborator for scientific programs (working for international research with the CNRS),
and as an artist, focusing on water as his medium and primary source of inspiration.
Sidney realised that underwater photography was mostly limited to documentary photography and hardly to its artistic dimension. That triggered a 10 year long research about art historical and photographic theories. Sidney translated them underwater in his series about light, colours, perspective, mouvement, texture and time. Form, object to trajectory… Sidney has been shifting his research with and about water.
His practice oscillates between complex processes (photoshoot while free diving, innovative photo printing, 3D printing...) and more intuitive ones (gently finishing the prints with a brush, or immersing the paper in various substances…). But the purpose is always the same: in a rapidly changing world, his work is an invitation to perceive some of our universal links with a new angle.