Thierry Bornier’s (France, 1971) non-traditional path to photography began as he graduated with an MBA in finance and started working as Chief Financial Official of an international fashion company in New York from 2001-2008. Dissatisfied with numbers, he turned his eyes to the subjective beauty of nature and fashion, with National Geographic Magazine affirming his artistic talents by nominating one of his photographs of the rice fields of YuanYang in the South of China in 2010.
His passion for photography has evolved along both the avenues of high fashion and landscape photography. Working as a photographer since 2008, Thierry travelled to southwest China to compose landscapes and eventually settled in Yunnan.
Bornier works on location, climbing and shooting from high perspectives after waiting hours for the ideal lighting conditions. Given the brightness of the colors and the structured character of the forms and lines, his photographs could be confused for painting. Inspired by the portraiture of Da Vinci and Rembrandt and the lighting of nature painters as Monet and Van Gogh, the photographer likens work to cooking in that the possibilities allow him to experiment after the learning the fundamentals and has spent countless hours creating his own lighting technics. Bornier strives to capture the natural beauty of the world that he fears may be one day gone in the face of climate change.
Bornier has been published countless times in National Geographic Magazine and has received numerous distinctions including International Nature Photographer of the Year in 2015, One Eye Land Photographer of the Year in 2014, PX3 Paris gold medalist in 2015 , and finalist for the Lensculture Prize.