I made this series with the desire to build a set of symbolic portraits inspired by my background of double cultures. I'm French with Middle Eastern origins.

I worked by using the pictorial tradition of still lives. I chose to put forward characters where the nature and objects they carry come from different rites and customs.

The photographs can be grouped into three metaphorical categories:

Firstly the "mark", with elements of uncultivated land, evocative death and rebirth.

Secondly, the "fight" with a reinterpretation of the various struggles and honors of war, as a tribute to ancestors, veterans sometimes death indifference or anonymity of the war.

And finally, the symbol of "femininity" located in the context of two cultures, French and Algerian, sometimes felt as a dichotomy, sometimes as a sign of diversity.

Here jewels, feathers, branches, flowers, hats, decorative ribbons become evocative symbols of seduction, femininity, youth, memory, struggle, life and death.

Playing on the accumulation of symbols, and profusion of accessories the subjects become still life-like totems or family crests.

—Marie Hudelot


Exhibition of all 50 LensCulture Emerging Talents: Barcelona, October 13-31

Marie Hudelot's work, along with photographs from ALL the LensCulture Emerging Talents will be shown in an exhibition at the Galeria Valid Foto in Barcelona. Please join us for the opening party on October 13, 2014—we hope to see you there! See a preview of ALL the winners here in LensCulture.

ALL winners have already been featured at photo festival screenings in Dublin, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Tokyo and Amsterdam so far this year. Next screening in Korea at the
Seoul Lunar Photo Fest.