Born on November 21, 1993 in the suburbs of Paris, Valentin Denyset has a scientific education (engineer) and a literature background (modern literature at the Sorbonne University).
Valentin is passionate about writing and photography, which has earned him several international awards for his images.
In 2017, he dreams of wide open spaces and travel. Encouraged by one of his professors, he decided to create the Hundraputi project, which aims to spend 100 days in the Arctic, from Sweden to Greenland via Norway. That year, he wrote a professional thesis in which solitude was an important part of his work.
He then organized a first 30-day expedition in the Arctic environment during August 2018, alone and autonomously. His objective was to walk from Kiruna (Sweden) to Narvik (Norway). After crossing the Abisko National Park, he finally went to Tromsø and the Lyngen Alps to refuel and photograph this unique place.
He then finished his engineering studies in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he lived with a Swedish family. The trip to Greenland was too expensive and he decided to modify his Hundraputi project by spending a whole winter alone in the nature.
From mid-January to March 2019, he lived alone in a wooden hut on the plains of Finnmark, one of the coldest regions in Norway. He spent his days exploring, photographing and filming. Leaving this place, he followed the coast for several weeks to Bodø through the Lofoten Islands.
In 2021, his short film Alone beneath the Northern Lights (Seul sous les aurores) won awards at some thirty international festivals.
At the beginning of 2022, he finished his book Seul sous les aurores, a novel about his adventures and encounters in the Far North.
In summer 2022, he went alone to the far reaches of Siberia to film a documentary on the Tsaatans, a nomadic people of Mongolia. A medium-length film is planned for 2023.