The Woman who collects men series was born out of a feeling of injustice: that of seeing that it was much more difficult for a woman to exist in a photographic world ruled by men. Women are paid less for equal benefits. Women are less exposed. Women are less rewarded in competitions.

Pauline Petit therefore wished to express this injustice by offering a counterbalance to the stereotype of the male photographer photographing women. She then decides to place herself in the opposite position, that is to say of a woman photographer photographing men. And to go further, she entitles her series Woman who collects men... and thus create a second counter-step to other established beliefs.

This title Woman who collects men leads her to reflect on the act of collecting in itself. She realizes that she has, in her way of photographing, of constituting her series, her portfolio, an approach similar to any collector: that of finding, of making the perfect piece, the one she does not have. again and that she could proudly display in her collection.

Besides, don't you think it's this same feeling that drives every photographer to shoot over and over again?

She therefore begins to build this series as a collection, a collection whose theme would be to list all men! The different morphologies, the different shapes of faces, noses, mouths, different looks, different skin textures, but also all the representations of man over the ages: uniforms, hats, accessories, hairstyles ... thus highlighting fashions, trends, professions, sports ...

Regarding artistic choices, Pauline Petit wanted to represent each man in profile to accentuate the differences between each. She paints faces in black and thus erases any notion of identity. Thanks to this, she works, not on the representation of a single individual but on the representation of a type, a category of men. Finally, she post-processes faces in the style of fashion photographers: smooth skin, perfect features, impeccable hairstyles ... techniques generally reserved for the beauty retouching of women. It thus creates a little nod to the genesis of this series while offering a post-processing totally adapted to the search for the perfection of a collection.

She does all the make-up, staging, shooting and all post-processing herself.