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In 2004, the then-16-year-old Anais Kugel aka Julie Cerise traveled from France to the United States and found photography taking an increasing place in her life. Creating portraits of herself or acquaintances, she built a visual universe that mixes her dreams with memories of clowns, theaters, and her father’s paintings.


About the series: Stories

Julie Cerise’s images come from her memories, her dreams, sometimes her father’s paintings. They are unmitigated emotional moments, captured through careful details and beautiful light.

 

5 questions for Julie Cerise about her series

 

Why did you choose this subject?
I didn't really choose this subject; inspiration is what brought them to me.

What do you see when you look at these photos?
All of these photographs are from my personal portfolio. They represent a moment, a sudden idea, an emotion, perhaps a dream.

What research and production did you go through to make these images?
I did most of the research and clothes hunting for these pictures. After finding the model, I often walked around to find the right place that would fit my idea.

Do your images help the viewer understand the subject in a new way?
I believe my images can be interpreted in many ways. I love that people can see whatever they want to see according to their background or mood.

What did you learn by making these images?
Most of them are from my early work, that's how I became a photographer: picture after picture.

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Stories #10

About the series: Backstage

Julie Cerise takes us behind the scenes of a fashion show. She makes the viewer feel like an invisible intruder watching secret stories and stealing moments through the key hole. Her ‘Backstage’ photographs convey an emotional truth about a world we discover through her unique sensibility.



5 QUESTIONS FOR JULIE CERISE ABOUT HIS SERIES 

Why did you choose this subject?
Actually, I didn't plan on taking these photographs, it happened unexpectedly. I was just a follower and being a minor character of the event helped me capture those special moments.

What do you see when you look at these photos?
I love their overwhelming femininity but there is also something disturbing about them, like a quiet distress.

What research and production did you go through to make these images?
Like I said up above, completely unplanned.

Do your images help the viewer understand the subject in a new way?
I believe these images show a different aspect of what a fashion show can look like backstage.

What did you learn by making these images?
These photographs taught me that the best can come unannounced.


Backstage #1
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Backstage #3
Backstage #4
Backstage #5
Backstage #6

 

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