Julia Fullerton-Batten: Intimate portrait series
Now for a very touching personal series by Julia Fullerton-Batten. Eerie at first impression, when we delve deeper, we learn that these images are of people who are visually impaired in different ways, from different stages in their lives.
Julia left the choice of location to make up the background up to her subjects, and hence created a series of images that carries strong emotional meanings for her sitters.
The photographs conjure up a poetic sensory perception of the emotional relationship between the space and the sitter, such as Alan, 50, who suffers from glaucoma describes as follows: “Even now I can walk to the edge of my village and scan the rim of the opposite hills, getting that sense of space, of distance. Consciously breathing it in. Drinking it in. In case it fades.”
Reality fades into a delicate visual memory for these courageous people, and Julia has brought this visceral notion across with great artistry.
Julia Fullerton-Batten: Unadorned – portraits of curvaceous women inspired by Rubens & Co
Julia Fullerton-Batten’s latest series ‘Unadorned’ was inspired by the work of the Old Masters mainly Rubens and Titian whose paintings often featured full-figured, fleshy women. Back in those days a fuller, plumper figure was considered the ultimate standard of feminine beauty, but over the years the ideal female body shape has become progressively thinner. Julia wanted to transpose the Old Masters’ inspirational works into a modern context and portray larger people with love and honesty instead of pandering to the demands of a society that has pushed forwards that air-brushed, skinny version of beauty. Julia chose to photograph her models nude, ultimately challenging the stigma that is attached to being overweight. There is always an eerie undercurrent running through Julia’s work, and this time she has incorporated props that evoke sorrow and the passing of time – old cassette tapes and mattresses, dead flowers and rotting fruit. The series shows her larger-than-life models as they really are, including every bulge and imperfection and it’s beautiful to see. Julia reveals the Rubenesque beauty, the sensuality (and sensitivity) that exists in bodies unlucky enough to be born into the wrong era.
Julia Fullerton-Batten: Flying Girls for Telegraph Magazine
No, this is not the current work of Damien Hirst, this is Julia Fullerton – Batten’s latest fashion editorial which was published in The Telegraph Magazine. In true Julia style, the models appear floating in mid air their garments and hair billowing around them. Adorned in the coral hues of Giorgio Armani, Versace, Chanel and Manolo Blahnik, the young girls are trapped in glass tanks, appearing serene yet vulnerable; eternally objectified. There’s always an ominous twist to Julia’s work…
Julia Fullerton-Batten: Article in GQ Magazine about Suicide Chatrooms
GQ magazine commissioned Julia Fullerton Batten to shoot the following imagery to accompany an article about suicide chat rooms and an internet predator. The series shows an innocent young girl who has fallen prey to the dark side of the internet. Facing away from the viewer, she holds a laptop in her hands, the glow of the screen like a siren’s song luring her deeper into danger. The chilling symbolism came from a collaboration with photo editor Krista Prestek. In another haunting image, the young girl is already fading out of view; she is lost from the rest of the world.
The series is a startling visual illustration of an invisible problem – how our always online, always connected world can, ironically, lead to isolation and depression for some people and make them vulnerable to the darker elements that lurk out there in cyberspace.
Julia Fullerton-Batten: Fashion and dance for EGOISTE mag
EGOISTE fashion magazine has just published a fashion series by Julia FULLERTON-BATTEN. The pictures showcase designers such as Prada, Jean Paul Gaultier & Dior and were inspired by Pina Bausch’s modern dance choreography. Russian model Vlada appears to float from picture to picture like a leaf, while her dress sways in the wind. The photographer embellishes her with an aura and even her face appears blurry at times, making her even more mysterious and unattainable to the viewer. In the end, not only do we want to get a hold of Vlada, but also the dresses she is wearing.
Julia Fullerton-Batten: Mothers and Daughters series
Julia FULLERTON-BATTEN’s series Mothers and Daughters is a story about the complex and fluctuating nature of the mother-daughter relationship. The series sheds light onto a very personal side of Julia, since her own relationship with her mother was a major source of inspiration for the series.
Each and every carefully composed scene – always featuring real mother and daughter pairings – documents a different aspect of the relationship: oscillating between tension and empathy, concern and support, coldness and love, pride and jealousy, past and future.
The photographer illustrates how the mother-daughter relationship is subject to running through different phases and continues to develop throughout the life cycle. The domestic scenes set in suburban America may appear superficial on the outset, but there are psychological truths to be found beneath the surface.
Polaroids by Julia Fullerton-Batten
Julia FULLERTON-BATTEN realised a Polaroid casting for AKWARD together with the Impossible Project. The Impossible Project is happy to give Julia the newest Polaroid films for testing purposes. This time, Julia used them to create her multi-award winning ‘Akward’ series.
Julia Fullerton-Batten for Varivax
Julia FULLERTON-BATTEN’s scenic people motifs not only come into their own in her exhibition motifs. VARIVAX from New York chose the photographer for their current vaccine campaign. The agency was Surge, NY.
Julia Fullerton-Batten: New Work
Since 2004, Julia Fullerton-Batten has been working with the idea of adolescence. Her ground breaking series “Teenage Stories” placed pre-teen girls in situations where reality and non-reality collided. Her subjects were introduced with new responsibilities, torn from their lives of day-dreaming and fantasy. With her following series “School Play” and “In Between” Fullerton-Batten guided her subjects through their teenage years, confronting issues of self-awareness, social peer pressures, conformity and their place within their domestic lives.
“Awkward” is Fullerton-Batten’s newest series, where her subjects now face coming adulthood and the internal and external feelings and confusions dealing with the onset of their sexuality and their relations to each other.
Fullerton-Batten’s highly stylized photographs mirror the culture these young adults are brought up in. Her subjects live in a new MTV world of high fashion, social awareness and a mature becoming. In this light, Fullerton-Batten comments on the world of advertising and media persuasion without the need of products. She strips the image to it’s essentials: Subject and environment and through composition, lighting and gesture intertwines non-reality and reality seamlessly continuing the progression of a teenage girls life.
Julia Fullerton-Batten for NY Magazine
Julia Fullerton-Batten for "The Impossible Project"
Julia Fullerton-Battens neue Arbeiten sind im Rahmen eines Projektes von „The Impossible Project“entstanden. Diese neuen Fotografien entführen den Betrachter in eine fazinierende Welt, wo scharfe Formen und klare Konturen so gut wie nicht existent sind. Gerade das lässt dem Betrachter viel Raum für Fantasie und macht das Betrachten dieser Arbeiten zu einem besondern Vergnügen.
Was war dein erster Schnappschuss?
Ein Foto meiner Kinder und Nichten in unserem Garten an einem sonnigen Tag.
Wie ist deine Motividee entstanden?
Ich liebe die stark begrenzte Tiefenschärfe, die Polaroid Kameras bieten
und dachte mir, es wäre spaßig Miniaturmenschen merkwürdige Dinge machen zu lassen.
Bist du zufrieden mit dem Ergebnis?
Ich habe festgestellt, dass das Arbeiten mit Polaroid-Material „draufhalten und verfehlen“ bedeutet.
I habe die Bilder absichtlich simpel und ordentlich gehalten, weil man ansonsten nicht richtig sehen
kann was darauf passiert. Es ist noch ausbaufähig…
Was kommt als nächstes?
Ich warte auf das nachgebesserte Material und werde dann noch mehr Fotos schießen.
Oh, und ich ich muss noch eine SX 70 Kamera kaufen.