Take a look at some of the photos from Julia Fullerton-Batten.
The photo above and below is from her “Teenage Stories” project where she got girls off the street to model for her in these elaborate model village environments.
Here’s something about the “Teenage Stories” project:
Earlier images in this series show girls involved in everyday leisure activities, at home, in the garden, at the swimming pool, or at the beach. More recently, she has placed the girls in a model village environment, dwarfing their surroundings. The project aims to capture the lives and feelings of young girls as they change from relative innocence to a heightened awareness of their adult life.
Uniquely, for these shoots, Julia deliberately select girls who are not professional models. Once she has the idea for the shoot, she street casts the models. This produces a slight awkwardness in the posture of the models that enhances the unusual surroundings. Another difference is Julia’s use of studio lighting to supplement daylight. She may use as many as seven or eight flash heads to achieve the impression that she wants. This combination of eye for the content of an image, the naturalness of the models, the unusual surroundings, the effect of the lighting all combine to yield a style that identifies her pictures.
Julia Fullerton-Batten also has some other work from her “Natural Portrait Gallery” series available for viewing on her website. Head on over there now to take a peek at her great work.