Julia Fullerton-Batten is a world wide exhibited fine art photographer with a body of work that encompasses 12 major projects over ten years. The foundation of her success was “Teenage Stories” an evocative narrative of the transition of a teenage girl to womanhood.
She frequently falls back on her own recollection of her early years living in Germany, the USA, and now London. Her recent projects have been labeled as difficult or controversial by some, as they deal with sensitive social issues such as feral children, or “The Act,” an intimate study of the women in the UK sex industry.
Julia’s use of unusual locations, highly creative settings, street-cast models and cinematic lighting are all hallmarks of her distinctive style of photography. During our conversation Julia goes deep into her own personal life which serves as a backdrop for much of her work.
“Now the way I would describe fine art is that it comes from the soul. It’s your idea, you want to put it together, and it’s something you want to say to yourself or say to the world—and you want to shoot it for yourself…and only you know the reason why you’re doing it.”
When Julia was around nine years old she took note of her father, who was a passionate photographer with a great eye. She’d see him come home with rolls of film and develop them in a dark room, develop them, print them—and it fascinated Julia no end. She watched him go through the whole process and knew intrinsically that’s what she wanted to do.
After moving from being an assistant photographer to a full time commercial photographer, Julia found herself frustrated with the way people wanted her to shoot film—it grated against her own style that was growing. She wanted to make something for herself. So, she started her first project: ‘Teenage Stories’. She photographed teenage girls in a model village so they appeared as giants. Much of this work reflects on stories tied to her youth; pocketing money meant to take the train back from school to instead hitch hike with a friend, for instance, or a girl contorted after falling off her bicycle.
Go to www.juliafullerton-batten.com to see for yourself.
“The Act” is a series Julia photographed of women in the UK’s sex industry. She wanted to show women in the sex industry from a different point of view—not the male sided gaze, but rather the perspective of the women themselves. Julia wanted to focus on the positive side of the industry, women who decided this career path for themselves and want to use their body. The women themselves want to show the world what they do through Julia’s photography and that they’re happy.
Contrary to the reception of “The Act” her series on feral children had phone calls coming in from all corners of the globe, asking for interviews, wanting to know more. The series follows children discarded and alone, either thrown into the jungle, heavily abused, or left without family, having to imitate those around them—namely animals. These were incredibly visceral, difficult images for Julia to wrestle with but the product is absolutely stunning.
Of course, a picture holds a thousand words (if not more) so if you’d like to see more of Julia’s work head to: www.juliafullerton-batten.com