In her project “Teenage Stories” German photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten uses scales models of urban environments (no photoshop here, this is all oncamera effects) to give a sense of oddness and alienation for the young models who roam them.
Made in 2005, the series was awarded with the Applied Arts Photography Award and second place in the Prix de la Photographie Paris(px3).
When asked what she was trying to convey with this series, this is what she had to say:
“The idea was to create pictures that reflect my own meandering childhood memories of my sisters and me growing up in Pennsylvania and then in rural Germany. When I think back to how the three of us spent our time drifting through life I realize that the older we get the harder it is to spend time this way, every day seems to have an agenda, a set of objectives that must be achieved.
The starting point for most of these pictures were observations I made of myself, or my sisters, during these wonderful years. I wanted to capture something of this “child-like ability” to get lost in dreams and fantasies in these pictures.
The girls I photograph in these miniature villages interact with them much like children interact with their real surroundings, living inside their own dreams and fantasies rather than living in a specific house on a specific street. In their minds they can be giants moving through our world whilst always remaining separate to it, cocooned in their own dream like existence.”
Check her site for some more great work (her In Between series is also very interesting!)