The Act by Julia Fullerton-Batten

In this project I examine the lives of female sex-workers, women who choose to earn their living by exploiting their bodies as escorts, dominatrices, porn actresses, web cam and live sex and peep show performers, striptease, lap dancing artistes, or sexual surrogates as therapy for clients, and transgender people.
The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten

In this project I examine the lives of female sex-workers, women who choose to earn their living by exploiting their bodies as escorts, dominatrices, porn actresses, web cam and live sex and peep show performers, striptease, lap dancing artistes, or sexual surrogates as therapy for clients, and transgender people.

My models have a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and are of different ethnicities.

A second and equally important feature of the project was to obtain and present the “stories” of each of my models with an insight into their reasons for choosing to be what they are, and how they view their life in the sex industry. I interviewed 15 women for the project. Their “stories” accompany the images in text form and can also be seen in video form, as also as a ‘behind-the-scenes’ video.

The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten

The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten
The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten

During my meetings with my models, both before and during the shoot, I sensed that they tend to live their entire working lives as if on a stage. They are women who are proud of their bodies and choose to use their bodies in order to make an income. Many have had physical enhancements so that, in their eyes, they are more physically attractive to their client. They live in the present and think little of their long-term future. Most are single, but some have relationships. Some are brazen, others palpably very vulnerable. It is these nuances of conviction and inner conflict that I hope I have captured in my images.

I created the backdrop for the images in the form of mini-theatrical sets. Each setting is relevant to the individual woman and her profession. The mini-sets were mounted on a stage as if they were giving a performance, which indeed they were. My choice of cinematic lighting imparts an enigmatic interpretation of their acts. It is a split second of a filmic recreation of their life. As far as possible, I have avoided sexually explicit scenes – undeniably the images are sexy and provocative, but also playful.

The role of the sex industry in today’s society is heavily debated. Many feminists believe that sex work should be abolished, others on the other hand claim it as a contribution to a woman’s freedom of choice as to the work she engages in. Large-scale changes to prostitution and sex-work laws have enable many women to work in ways that were previously not possible. Although it’s not a choice of career that I would ever make, in some strange way, I came to admire these 15 women. They are honest to themselves and exhibit a high degree of self-respect, certainly well above the norm. I’ll let their “stories” tell the last word behind this extraordinary experience.

The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten
The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten

About Julia Fullerton-Batten

profileJulia Fullerton-Batten is a worldwide acclaimed and exhibited fine-art photographer. Her body of work now encompasses twelve major projects spanning a decade of engagement in the field. The foundation of her success was ‘Teenage Stories’ (2005), an evocative narrative of the transition of a teenage girl to womanhood. This and sequel projects portray the difficult stages and life situations of an adolescent girl’s transition to womanhood as she grapples with the vulnerability of her teenage predicament – adjustments to a new body, her emotional development and changes in her social standing. Julia’s book ‘Teenage Stories’ was published in 2007. Julia admits to a pronounced semi-autobiographical influence in much of her earlier work, often falling back on recollections of her own early and teenage years, living in Germany, the USA and the UK, her parent’s divorce, and her own early relationships.

Her more recent projects consider social issues, frequently covering controversial subject matter. For example, in ‘Feral Children, 2015’, Julia re-enacts fifteen reported historical cases of feral children. Using child actors, her re-enactments illustrate the tragic circumstances in which children were rejected or abused by their parents, got lost or were left in the wild, and yet others were captured by wild animals. Her most recent project, ‘The Act’, shot in 2016, is a comprehensive study of the performing and private lives of fifteen women active in the UK sex industry. Her still images are enhanced by interviews with the ladies, captured both in video and text. ‘The Act’ is now available in book form.

Fullerton-Batten was born in Bremen, Germany. Her early life was spent in Germany and the USA, but after her parent’s divorce she and her siblings moved to the UK. There she completed her secondary education, then studied photography at college. Subsequently she assisted professional photographers for five years before a first commercial assignment kick-started her career in 1995, and first gained recognition as a fine-art photographer in2005.

Julia’s use of unusual locations, highly creative settings, street-cast models, accented with cinematic lighting are hallmarks of her very distinctive style of photography. She insinuates visual tensions in her images, and imbues them with a hint of mystery, which combine to tease the viewer to re-examine the picture, each time seeing more content and finding a deeper meaning. These distinctive qualities have established enthusiasts for her work worldwide and at all ends of the cultural spectrum, from casual viewers to connoisseurs of fine-art photography.

Fullerton-Batten has won countless awards for both her commercial and fine-art work, and is a Hasselblad Master. She was commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery in London to shoot portraits of leading people in the UK National Health Service. These are now held there in a permanent collection. Other images are also in permanent collection at the Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland. She is widely interviewed about her projects by professional photographic magazines from around the world and is sought after as a speaker at international events and as a judge for prestigious international photographic competitions. [Official Website]

The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten
The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten

The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten
The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten

The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten
The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten

The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten
The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten

The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten
The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten

The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten
The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten

The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten
The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten

The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten
The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten

The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten
The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten

The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten
The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten

The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten
The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten

The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten
The Act | Julia Fullerton-Batten

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