Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes Flow as “a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience is so enjoyable that people will continue to do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.”
Best known for his conAlict photography throughout his 25-year career, Cervera’s time photographing the waves equally comprises his professional life. Between stints photographing in conAlict zones, Cervera has always taken to the sea as a way of understanding and coping with the stress and trauma of photographing armed conAlict. In 2008, Cervera witnessed the attack that killed his colleagues, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, in Libya. The trauma of their deaths, having just followed his mother’s passing, further connected him to surAing.
The quest for the perfect wave offers him healing and spiritual cleansing.
Guillermo Cervera is a freelance photojournalist who has documented armed conAlict and social issues for the international press for more than 25 years. Cervera’s photographs are regularly published in The New York Times, Newsweek, Marie Claire, The Guardian, Paris Match, Rolling Stone, ABC, El Pais, La Vanguardia, MSNBC and The Wall Street Journal and have been exhibited in galleries in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain. He is currently in the middle of an ongoing journey, sailing around six continents to revisit some of the countries that have had the greatest impact on his life and career.