Julie Blackmon’s photographs are composed windows into suburbia and a life with children. She acts as a choreographer, set designer, photographer and art director with each shot, carefully capturing an orchestrated moment in time. Using her children, their friends, and random others – Julie sets up each photograph, much like a movie set or still. Revealing precious seconds and at the same time painting a surreal composition which draws you in, often stark and very creatively lit, with twisted and original perspectives.
Besides this lovely color series titled Domestic Vacations, Julie also has a great black & white series titled Mind Games - see the bottom two images in this post.
“The Dutch proverb “a Jan Steen household” originated in the 17th century and is used today to refer to a home in disarray, full of rowdy children and boisterous family gatherings. The paintings of Steen, along with those of other Dutch and Flemish genre painters, helped inspire this body of work. I am the oldest of nine children and now the mother of three. As Steen’s personal narratives of family life depicted nearly 400 yrs. ago, the conflation of art and life is an area I have explored in photographing the everyday life of my family and the lives of my sisters and their families at home. These images are both fictional and auto-biographical, and reflect not only our lives today and as children growing up in a large family, but also move beyond the documentary to explore the fantastic elements of our everyday lives, both imagined and real.” - Via Julie’s Website