Julie Blackmon was born in 1966, in Springfield, Missouri, the oldest of nine siblings. She says that she draws inspiration from Dutch and Flemish painting, especially from Jan Steen, a Dutch 18th century painter, known for his representations of daily life situations. She wanted to do the same with her own family: her children, sisters and sisters' children.
I would stare at each of the pictures for hours - the bigger the chaos of people, objects, movements, the better - and vaguely recognize in myself the pleasure that I have, in museums and books of art, before paintings full of details, but only by reading her biography did I confirm that nothing was random.
Julie Blackmon's portfolios arose, ocasionally, throughout the last few years, at the photoeye website, where a third one has recently appeared, along with the news of the recent publication of a book.
There are at least two types of approach in this work: non-staged photographs as well as staged. The latter are more common in the third and most recent set, where there is picture that loosely resembles the Adams Family. I believe, though, that most pictures are a hybrid.
My favourite is, without a doubt, this one: