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THE DARK LINES //// PHOTO BOOK

THE DARK LINES //// PHOTO BOOK

From Paris to California, Morocco to Bali and the Philippines, the voyage took us to the limits of the world and our certainties. Did we bring back anything beyond a few memories of turns on solitary waves ? Through the photographic look of three photographers : Julian Schlosser, Maxime Houyvet and I, we can discover the sublime beauty and the dark side of our planet. We travel the world searching for perfect waves and self gratification.The rush of adrenaline we all search for is our reward...But year after year, we see the changes. We go back to places we once discovered. We see the impact of man on the ecosystems. We are at the front row to witness all those changes. Depuis Paris jusqu’en Californie, au Maroc et à Bali puis aux Philippines, ce voyage nous emmène jusqu’aux limites de notre monde et de nos certitudes. Qu’avons nous rapporté de plus que quelques souvenirs de courbes sur des vagues désertes? A travers le regards de trois photographes : Julian Schlosser, Maxime Houyvet et moi même, nous pouvons découvrir à la fois la beauté sublime et le côté sombre de notre planète. Nous parcourons le monde a la recherche de vagues parfaites afin de nous auto satisfaire. L’adrénaline est notre récompense...Mais année après année nous découvrons les changements. Nous retournons en des lieux que nous avons connus épargnés et nous voyons l’impact de l’homme sur les écosystèmes. Nous sommes aux premières loges pour assister à tous ces bouleversements.

S.Demercastel



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PLANET BLOW THE DARK LINES //// PHOTO BOOK

Photography by J.Schlosser, M.Houyvet & S.Demercastel

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Text Copyright © 2010 by Sylvain Demercastel. Photographs copyright © 2010 by Maxime Houyvet, Julian Schlosser & Sylvain Demercastel. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher. Manufactured by ECOM Printed in Europe Directed by Julian Schlosser Designed by Antoine «oneone» Orry Marquee color correction by Maxime Houyvet, Julian Schlosser & Sylvain Demercastel Translation by Alexandre Carayon For more information, visit www.planetblow.com Planetblow Production

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TABLE OF CONTENTS PREFACE

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PREFACE

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by Jack O’neill by Roberto Ricci

INTRODUCTION

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by Sylvain Demercastel

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CALIFORNIA MOROCCO BALI

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PHILIPPINES PARIS

MAKING OF

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FRENCH TRANSLATION

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COPYRIGHT PHOTOGRAPHS THANKS TO

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W

hen I first met Sylvain Demercastel and got into the planetblow project, I had the feeling to become part of a new kind of surf movie. Today, I am convinced we’re facing one of the most dramatic issue for mankind. Our behavior has been nothing but irresponsible in terms of protection of our environment. We are part of the ecosystem earth. It is unthinkable to pretend we, humans are the most elaborate specie if we are not able to protect our own house. Our time is a time of great challenge. We are in troubles. We cannot pretend we can keep going the same way we did before. I am really proud to have created an environmental and educational foundation. The O’neill sea odyssey is the best thing I’ve ever done. But there is still so much work to do. I am glad to bring a bit of my vision and share it with you through the message « Planetblow » and Sylvain Demercastel are trying to pass on. May these few images and words inspire people as much as they inspire us.

JACK O’NEILL

January 2011 Traduction p.138

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CALIFORNIA This is California, and it sure shows in the details: fast food joints on every street corner, American beauties (I mean the classic cars we used to dream of) and the real-life sets of TV shows we all grew up on... not to mention palm trees reaching high into the vast blue sky, and skate shops all over the place. But it still has a kind of genuine surfing village spirit, occasionally reminiscent of the Basque Country, or perhaps Brittany. There’s even a surfing museum near the lighthouse - seals have taken up residence on a large isolated rock 30 meters from the tip. The coastline’s cold waters and rough conditions are quick to discourage show-offs and bimbos, leaving only true enthusiasts. And it shows. Santa Cruz is one of surfing innovation’s cradles, and much of the city seems geared towards the industry. People who work in surfing use their lunch break to go grab a couple of waves... later, kids do the same on their way back from school. Car parks turn into commentary boxes or weather rooms. People stand around discussing the finer points of a local legend, or the latest amazing anecdote doing the rounds of the surfing world… they put the world to rights while changing back into their clothes after a session. But they don’t stick around too long - it quickly cools down as the strong north-easterly breeze starts to pick up. When you travel to a poor country, you know you’re bound to meet generous individuals eager to share their life experience with you. That’s not what you expect from the U.S., and yet local windsurfers instantly adopted us and gave us the best tips on what to do based on the weather. It’s easy to strike up a conversation in this country: Anti-Americans may see this as a sign of superficiality, the fact remains that it’s more fun than sulking at each other. You tend to quickly forget that some of the best things produced by man come from the USA (lots of them from California...). Let’s dare a few examples: Windsurfing ... The student peace movement... Jeans… Rock n’ roll ... Star Wars ... Personal computers and the Internet (but not Windguru...!) Skateboarding… Surfing body suits... The Gibson SG ... The list is long, but of course it comes along with another much darker one... Basically, this country is extreme in many ways, and capable of the worst as well as the best... Traduction p.140

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THE DARK LINES //// PHOTO BOOK

THE DARK LINES //// PHOTO BOOK

From Paris to California, Morocco to Bali and the Philippines, the voyage took us to the limits of the world and our certainties. Did we bring back anything beyond a few memories of turns on solitary waves ? Through the photographic look of three photographers : Julian Schlosser, Maxime Houyvet and I, we can discover the sublime beauty and the dark side of our planet. We travel the world searching for perfect waves and self gratification.The rush of adrenaline we all search for is our reward...But year after year, we see the changes. We go back to places we once discovered. We see the impact of man on the ecosystems. We are at the front row to witness all those changes. Depuis Paris jusqu’en Californie, au Maroc et à Bali puis aux Philippines, ce voyage nous emmène jusqu’aux limites de notre monde et de nos certitudes. Qu’avons nous rapporté de plus que quelques souvenirs de courbes sur des vagues désertes? A travers le regards de trois photographes : Julian Schlosser, Maxime Houyvet et moi même, nous pouvons découvrir à la fois la beauté sublime et le côté sombre de notre planète. Nous parcourons le monde a la recherche de vagues parfaites afin de nous auto satisfaire. L’adrénaline est notre récompense...Mais année après année nous découvrons les changements. Nous retournons en des lieux que nous avons connus épargnés et nous voyons l’impact de l’homme sur les écosystèmes. Nous sommes aux premières loges pour assister à tous ces bouleversements.

S.Demercastel



O M0R

CCO

I BAL

IS PA R

IF CAL

ORN

IA

I PHIL

PPIN

ES

PLANET BLOW

PLANET BLOW

Photography by

M.Houyvet J.Schlosser S.Demercastel

PLANET BLOW THE DARK LINES //// PHOTO BOOK

Photography by J.Schlosser, M.Houyvet & S.Demercastel

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