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Julia Fullerton-Batten


Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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Julia Fullerton-Batten

7 Feb 2022 8:04AM   Views : 523 Unique : 316


I was leafing through the free videos that one website offers, and had a look at a short piece about JFB, who I’d not heard of before. The site describes her as a fine art photographer, which, for present purposes, let’s define as ‘does own projects and sells the results as artworks through galleries’. I wish I’d thought of that definition before! It simplifies things a bit. You can find more about Julia Fullerton-Batten through her own website.
‘Is it art?’ is a question that seems to obsess some photographers, in a rather unhealthy way. Why bother about it, when it makes no difference to taking a picture – or selling it, come to that. It’s like the desire to assign a skin colour to a model, when the most important thing is that the colour is beautiful. The only time it’s worth naming a skin colour is when we need to do so out of respect for someone’s identity politics – and identity politics only arises when others are not willing to let someone be who they are. Otherwise, let the colour be beautiful.

Watching the Fullerton-Batten video makes me wonder if the size of the crew involved, and the painstaking attention to detail (which remind me of Annie Leibowitz more than anything) has anything to do with the definition – or whether they are either necessary to deliver the result (probably so, in purely practical terms), or capable of hindering it. At one time, it seemed necessary to me that a photographer should at least be on nodding terms with the range of technical issues and processes involved. It’s definitely a craft, even when it’s not an art.

Some artists make a point of learning a new craft for certain projects, and that often involves photography. A bit of a flavour of ‘whatever it takes’ does smack of pursuing a goal in the sort of way that I feel artists should. But what do I know? I don’t even have a firm definition of what art is…


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dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.2k 2063 England
7 Feb 2022 8:07AM
To prove the point about skin - here's a lady who modelled a decade ago as Anansie: I'd work with her again in the blink of an eye, as she was perceptive and amazingly physically capable (as you can see if you look back through my portfolio for her). Many models are delightful to work with: fewer expand one's understanding of the world as she did.

And her skin is very beautiful indeed.
PaulCox Avatar
7 Feb 2022 10:02AM
Thought provoking and love the links. Paul.
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mistere Plus
10 38 8 England
7 Feb 2022 4:58PM
A very large part of the enjoyment of model photography is the time spent between shots. The interaction, conversation and exchange
of ideas, stories and general nonsense that make two or three hours disappear in no time at all. As you say, many models are delightful
to work with. If I had to pick one piece of advice to pass on to someone it would be, talk to the person you're pointing your camera at.
Thanks for the link to that 'one website'. A serious browse is imminent.
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dudler Plus
20 2.2k 2063 England
7 Feb 2022 5:33PM
Serious browsing is definitely needed from time to time...
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JuBarney Plus
12 36 7 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2022 5:50PM
Terrific poses and captures
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kaybee 19 8.7k 29 Scotland
7 Feb 2022 7:46PM
Who is to say what 'Art' is? ...... the photographer?, the viewer?, the gallery who charges more for a picture with that moniker?

Personally, I don't think there is an answer.
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GwB Plus
3 119 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2022 12:04AM
Art: Dictionary definition. "The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting and sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power" I suppose Photography or other media can be included. I think we all try our best whether we achieve this depends on our audience.
John, "Why bother about it, when it makes no difference to taking a picture – or selling it " I think this depends whether your trying to be Artistic! I've never tried to sell a picture but if ever I get a shot of Boris engaging in dodgy activities. wouldn't hesitate, would make a fortune no matter how artistic or not it is. By the way, looked at Julia's website, well worth a visit. I think her work fits the dictionary definition. Fine Art ? I suppose its widely accepted that shes extremely good at it so would fit the definition of fine art. I wonder how many votes or awards she would get if posted on here though.

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dudler Plus
20 2.2k 2063 England
8 Feb 2022 12:39PM
I'm with you on the Boris shot. One of the days he'll sink as he deserves to: I don't think he can associate the words public and service in one sentence.

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