1814 Frost Fair (Augmented Reality)
Location: Borough Yards (wall opposite Paul Smith)
- Artist: Julia Fullerton-Batten Country of origin: Germany / UK
- Mediums of choice: Fine art photography
- Style: Cinematic, often recreating historical stories with a sequence of images as sub-plots enhancing the story. I like to insinuate visual tensions in my images and imbue them with a mystique and depth that teases the viewer to think about the content of the image, perhaps viewing it several times to get the whole story.
- Personal inspiration: My father was a keen amateur photographer. At a very young age I was impressed with the B&W street images that he shot in NYC and by his slideshows after his business trips in the UK, Japan and the USA.
- Artistic inspiration: I get inspiration from studying the Old Master painters. More contemporary artists such as Edward Hopper and David Hockney also appeal to me for their reflective approach to human existence, use of colour.
- Frost Fair inspiration: The constantly changing face of the River Thames. Its glorious history, and countless and timeless stories, some whimsical, others idiosyncratic and many tragic. During the Frost Fairs, thousands flocked onto the thick ice. Rich mixed with poor, entertainment was provided by artistes of entertainers and the crowds were enthralled when a huge African elephant was led across the ice. My work illustrates my interpretation of the opportunistic hedonism that the population of London enjoyed over these Frost Fairs.
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