2015 Emerging Photography Contender: Julien Mauve

For Greetings From Mars, Paris-based photographer Julien Mauve mirrors common social media cliches but sets his subjects against the backdrop of the martian planet, highlighting both the absurdity and irresistible appeal of snapping selfies while on vacation. 

Writes Mauve in his Artist Statement, “This project is about space exploration and discovery. But it's also about our behavior in front of landscapes and how we create pictures that will share our personal story with the world. Some years ago, taking pictures of landscapes was enough. And we were not able to share them before we came back home. Today we have added ourselves on the pictures. Our faces are everywhere. We share everything instantly; we feel the need to do it. So we might ask ourselves, do we travel to discover new places, change of scene, new cultures, or do we travel to look for pictures of ourselves and to prove that we exist?”

All images © Julien Mauve

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