That would be one possible interpretation of The Hopeless Romantic, a photo project by Julien Mauve and Pauline Ballet that traces the course of a doomed relationship in 13 strikingly stylised photographs.

Hopeless Romantic is a real love story. A boy and a girl find each other, and their story unfolds: from their first meeting to the last moments of their love, from hopeless romanticism to the final disillusion. Because when reality overruns the magic of love and the illusion of romantic clichés vanish, men and women find themselves looking at what and who they really are. As reality sets in, there comes the difficult time we must conciliate our relationship with our expectations.