Julia says the thing she loves most about taking photos is being able to freeze a special moment in time. In 2021, she and her friend, climber Jeff Mercier, spent two days exploring a glacier. "The first day wasn't great because the light wasn't good and we were a little disappointed with the results of the shoot," she remembers. "But at the end of the day, we went up the glacier and found a beautiful hole, which we decided to abseil down the next morning."
The hole wasn't very deep, about 20 to 25 metres, Julia recalls. "But the ice was so beautiful, so blue," she says. "It was freaky, though, because I didn't have much space to take photos. I wasn't in the most comfortable position, and it was dark. But then I saw Jeff use his ice axe beautifully, and the surrounding ice was gorgeous. I wanted that photograph [above left], and I got it."
The deep connection Julia feels with nature means she's constantly thinking about the impact of climate change. "It has been really astonishing to see how the Mer de Glace [the largest glacier in France] has changed over the past three years," she says. "Whenever I shoot there, it's sad to see more rock than ice. While moulins are big and deep, which is good for photography, it's sad to see the glacier disappear and this observation means a lot to me."
The message Julia hopes to convey through her photos? "To marvel at everything and everyone around us," she says. "There are a lot of photographers, and we all have something to share. If we are curious about everything and everybody, we can all do beautiful photography."