Sandrine Hermand Grisel

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel began photography at an early age but decided to dedicate her life to her long time passion in 1997. She developed a very personal style, influenced by her late mother's sculptures and her husband’s films. Encouraged by her artistic family she was recognized by the prestigious Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique in France for her portrait series Nocturnes. In 2006, she moved to the United States and began experimenting landscape photography with her series Somewhere and On the road. In 2013, she created the acclaimed website and now spends most of her time discovering new talents.

Her work has been exhibited internationally and recognized by, among others, Artslant, IPA (International Photography Awards), Vis à Vis International, Kodak, Ilford, Rayko Photo Center, SFAC Galleries, Réponses Photo and ELLE Magazines.
She lives and works in San Francisco.



Young swimmers playing in the cool blue water pools of the brief summer season. The days are bright and long, but these sunlit months are fleeting, like childhood itself. I watch them, aware, observant, spurt of water, successful or failed spins, dives or other prowesses frozen by the shutter, a moment captured and the frame in which they will remain trapped forever.

The water droplets merge with the rough edges of the rock and cement; somersaults are isolated instances in time, in water, like submarine sculptures. We perceive the movement and shape of the distorted bodies, some floating, some struggling, some appearing to drown, some triumphant, some breaking the water's surface like a Phoenix rising. Reality and poetry, lights and colors blend in a water ballet.

"Waterlilies" is primarily a caress, a drop of love from a mother to her children.