A series about space exploration and discovery by Paris-based photographer Julien Mauve. The project came about as a fascination by Mauve of wanting to discover a totally different world, in this case Mars, and to photograph it for the first time. The photos also explore how people act in front of the camera through stereotypical tourist poses in order to define themselves against the landscape.
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. In every spots I stopped, carefully chosen for their similarities with the red planet, I imitated stereotypical tourist reflexes. It's interesting to observe the way we act in front of the camera, how we include ourselves in the landscapes, experiencing how those landscapes trigger the desire to affirm our presence. And how the way we take pictures exposes the vanity involved in our endless pursuit of self-definition.