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A glowing heart made of string lights expressing love, joy and peace overlook the ocean at sunset by artist Xavier Nuez


In the early days of dating my future wife, she showed me a set of little copper string lights that she wanted to light her balcony with. I helped her set them up and they were magical. Of course, while working with these pretty little lights for the first time, I went straight to imagining what I could do with them. The copper wire string lights in particular had a warmth that just felt good!

I never forgot those lights, and years later I bought a set to use in a photo. I didn't have a specific idea, but with the lights in my hands I started weaving a heart, and the ideas started rolling in from there. 

The heart I made has 2 sets of lights woven together. At the bottom I glued a metal rod so I could stick the heart into sand.

It ended up being used for several images, where I would usually build little sets for each shot. One time I brought the lights into a lake and had it bobbing just above the water, with my tripod and myself almost completely submerged as well.

In this photograph, I'm perched up high at Juno Beach in Florida, at a spot where I knew I could overlook the ocean. Its the same spot where I shot the image Ocean Embrace. I decorated my "set" with local flowers and foliage and with my amazing wife next to me, I waited for the sun to set.




"Love" is a companion piece to the image "Unbroken"

In essence, "Love" and "Unbroken" illuminate the diverse dimensions of love. While "Love" encapsulates the intoxicating passion of the early stages, "Unbroken" delves into the profound strength of love that endures. Together, these photographs offer a captivating exploration of the human experience, reminding us that love, in all its forms, is a remarkable and transformative force.



The image used to be called "Love on the Beach" but too often someone loving the image couldn't buy it for their mom or platonic friend because of the suggestive name. The new name is good too :) 



"In none of his photos does Nuez exploit the obvious" 

Montreal Gazette

"Seductive ... Nuez's photos do not leave one indifferent"

Ciel Variable - Contemporary Photography magazine


Light Paintings series


I sometimes fantasize that with the snap of a finger, I can escape reality ... in a moment, be transported to a dream world free of life's demands, a child's playground where magic exists and all is right with the world.My Light Paintings are that portal. Through them I can transcend reality and escape into these beautiful, vibrant yet peaceful realms.




Although there is some digital manipulation in this series, the unusual lighting and surreal quality in the Light Painting series is achieved by using colored lights during long exposures. They are not digital effects.



    Our unique and vibrant photographs will add depth and stunning color to any home, office or public space. They are offered in two main finishes


    1. Metal float mount
    Our Metal prints have a magical luminescence. Their vibrant, saturated colors jump off the wall, and will last for generations. They are created by infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets making them incredibly durable and scratch resistant. The ready-to-hang finished piece is float mounted, so they float one inch off the wall.


    2. Archival prints
    We print on premium quality Sunset eSatin paper, using archival Ultrachrome inks for incredible endurance and color saturation. These prints will last for generations.

    11x14 and 16x20 sizes are available with or without a window mat. If you are unsure which is best for you, feel free to contact us. Most clients seem to purchase without the window mat.


    Prints larger than 16X20 are available as full-frame prints, without a white border or a window mat. If you want a white border, just let us know!

    If you have a specific size requirement, that's no problem! Maybe the perfect size is somewhere between two of the sizes in the drop down list. In that case, the price would be the proportional difference. We?ve also stretched and cropped pieces for customers to fit precise spaces. Give us the dimensions and we'll email you image options for you to choose from. There is no charge for the extra labor in custom sizing pieces.


    Metal prints in the following sizes include a Certificate of Authenticity, which will be mailed to you:

    48X65 or 48X72: edition of 15

    43X57 or 40X60: edition of 25

    32X40 or 30X45: edition of 50

    24X30 or 22X33: edition of 100

    16X20 or 16X24: edition of 200

    We want you to be happy with your art purchase. If a piece arrives damaged or defective, please contact us and a replacement will be shipped. All of my finished pieces are created using the highest quality archival processes. They come with a lifetime guarantee against fading or color shift.

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