Camille M. is one of the 50 best emerging photographers for 2015, as voted by the eight-member international jury for the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2015. Here is her winning entry and her artist’s statement. View her profile to learn more about her and to see more of her great work.
These pictures were taken in Uummannaq, a town on a little island in northern Greenland. The town has an official population of 1,282, making it the 11th largest “city” in Greenland (for comparison, the 11th largest city in China, Hong Kong, has 7.2 million people).
While I was there, I found myself lost within the area’s disturbing, almost lunar landscapes. I began to absorb local traditions and Inuit mythology. The seemingly benign was subtly transformed into great theater, where everything seemed possible.
The longer I stayed, I more I saw how this innocent-seeming, heart-shaped island is deeply strange: touched by isolation, ecological catastrophes and abandonment. The tiny population rests on the precipice of disaster. The very decline of civilization sits next to those who still resist—the Last Men.
Thus, in these images, I wanted to tell the story of a place in which facts sometimes become fiction. A place where I could question the reality of Men—and the reality of photography itself.