(Julien Mauve)

French photographer Julien Mauve takes an existential (and slightly humorous) look at how tourists often experience surroundings that may otherwise be new or foreign to them. Since he was a boy, Mauve has been curious about space — Mars in particular — and how we engage with our landscapes when on vacation. He skillfully intersects the two in his latest series “Greetings from Mars,” complete with a selfie stick. “It’s interesting to observe the way we act in front of the camera,” Mauve says about his project on his Web site. “How we include ourselves in the landscapes, 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.”

As the dream for Mars to become the next great travel destination comes closer to realization, with NASA currently developing plans, Mauve takes a conceptual approach to exploring what that experience would be like by imagining the American desert as the surface of the red planet. In an interview with Ain’t Bad Magazine, Mauve states: “Basically, what you need is rocks, sand, canyons and no signs of biological life. And all of that with a red tint to it. Australia and the Wadi Rum in Jordan have those kind of landscapes, but I choose the Wild West because it offered a much larger variety in easily reachable distance.”


(Julien Mauve)

(Julien Mauve)

(Julien Mauve)

(Julien Mauve)