Julien Mauve Sends Greetings From Mars With Tourist-style Photos iGNANT

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Photographer Julien Mauve created a series called ‘Greetings from Mars’ where he pretends to visit the red planet as a tourist.

Originally based in Paris, he carefully chose some seemingly untouched landscape stretches in the US to achieve the impression of discovering a whole new world in space. The photographer himself names the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus as his main inspiration for the project, transforming the 500-year old history into today’s ways of travelling. But besides the stunning natural landscape, the photo series also reveals the way we take pictures today as a mark of the vanity involved in our endless pursuit of self-definition: In his photos, the astronaut imitates stereotypical tourist poses – from a shot together with a friend and the latest selfie stick to a victory sign.