The response was overwhelming and the series, Looking Out From Within, was born. His idea was to photograph different people trapped in their homes as they gazed out the window at the surreal and silent outside world. She chose to photograph them at dusk to further reinforce the poignant nature of their situation and their isolation.
“For the first time in a long time, the whole world has suddenly slowed down,” Fullerton-Batten said. “Many have been forced to take a break from work and people have been given a lot more time to think. The pandemic has caused significant global social and economic disruption, including the biggest recession since the Great Depression. had a profound impact on all of our lives, forcing us to stay indoors and reducing our contact with friends and family. “
“But probably the most important aspect of this project, for me, is that it provides us with a magnifying glass to think about what the pandemic and the lockdown meant for us individually,” she continues. “The loved ones we have lost, the prolonged isolation of our families and the tremendous sacrifices many have made.”
Renowned art photographer from Germany, Fullerton-Batten wanted to “record this surreal moment in our lives, capture it for posterity” and “keep the memories of what we have been through so that we can reflect on some point in our life. lives on what has happened all over the world, ”as she puts it. Some of his subjects are his neighbors, others complete strangers, some celebrities. Those she chose to work with were asked to dress up and use props to share their stories. The resulting images therefore provide a magnifying glass to think about what the pandemic and the lockdown meant for all of us.
Now Julia has launched a Kickstarter to raise funds to bring the series together for a new book. With graphic design by Sarah Boris, the hardback book will be 128 pages long and feature a die-cut fabric cover with an aluminum backing. It will include a preface by Marion Tande, director of the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, who writes: “In the best storytelling tradition, Fullerton-Batten produced a remarkable body of work that illustrates a period of time for present and future generations to reflect. “
Julia Fullerton-Batten’s Looking Out From Within is slated to go on sale in November with delivery in time for Christmas. To support the project, visit kickstarter.com.