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After Lights Out: Photo Series Depicting a World Cast in Darkness

cemetery lit by one light source through window

Art direction : Julien Mauve – Photography assistant : Pauline Ballet – Text : Matthias Jambon-Puillet

Julien Mauve has always been captivated by light. The French photographer assembled a series of photos with one theme in mind: to capture scenes shot in darkness with only one light source illuminating the entire image. After Lights Out is what Mauve calls the series, and is stunning in its simplicity and concept. He is a Parisian photographer and digital project manager.

house lit by one window light

Art direction : Julien Mauve – Photography assistant : Pauline Ballet – Text : Matthias Jambon-Puillet

Mauve recalls his roots,

“As long as I can remember I have always had a camera in my hand, but going from Fischer Price to Canon took me quite a few years. I started to consider photography seriously only three years ago, while practicing on friends, landscapes and objects, trying to understand and apprehend natural lights. ….”

house lit by one light source in upstairs window

Art direction : Julien Mauve – Photography assistant : Pauline Ballet – Text : Matthias Jambon-Puillet

Each of the scenes depicted in “After Lights Out” are totally devoid of any artificial lighting. In some instances, he digitally manipulated some scenes by darkening other lights when there was more than one source visible.

church on the hill with one light source through a window

Art direction : Julien Mauve – Photography assistant : Pauline Ballet – Text : Matthias Jambon-Puillet

Mauve muses on the project:

“Night no longer exists. City lights cover up the stars, and cell phone screens lighten even the darkest of alleyways. And soon, imagine a world in which our lights render even the sun gratuitous.

In the darkness of space, light is a beacon of hope. What if darkness in our world once again overtook the night and as an affect, transforming even the most insignificant light into an exception – a mystical phenomenon ?

In a world in black and blue, the single incandescence of a bulb could be the greatest promise of an adventure about to start.”

You may have already come across Mauve’s past work entitled Back to Childhood. “It relates the poetic and anachronistic story of toys I had when I was young, imagined in adult life situations,” he writes.

Click here to view the complete set of images in After Lights Out.

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Patricia Ramos the author

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.

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