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Tier 4 rules for London as Christmas cancelled by stay at home lockdown.

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Millions of people are experiencing the new Tier 4 restrictions and many are spending this important time of the year alone. Both my parents will be spending this Christmas alone for the first time ever. We are sacrificing the chance to see our loved ones so that we have a better chance of protecting lives. It is and will be a very emotional few days. I photographed Grace Margarita Lee for my ‘Looking out from Within’ Project as I still want to record this important time in our lives.

Grace Margarita Lee

Who do you live with?

I live with my amazing mother and am thankful we have such a close relationship. At the beginning of the lockdown earlier this year, we would regularly dress up in sequins, feathers, elaborate jewellery and vintage dresses to liven up ourselves and enjoyed many family Zoom calls, loud music dances and tipsy fashion photoshoots in our decaying bathtub.

Tell me a bit about your current situation.

It is now Tier 4 in London and I have some time off work for Christmas, so for the next few weeks I will be focusing on my abstract paintings. I find it so calming to paint and draw circles, I believe everything in life has this cyclical nature. It calms me to know that Covid-19 will one day pass, and this is the mystic rhythm of the universe that is constantly changing. Nichiren Buddhism has taught me to embrace life in this way, and to keep chanting Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō for worldwide peace.

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More About Julia Fullerton-Batten

Julia Fullerton-BattenJulia 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.

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