Two portraits from Julia Baum‘s series, A Rare Breed, were selected by juror Amber Terranova for the “Red” exhibition. A natural redhead herself, Baum understands what it is that makes redheads so unique. As her photographs attest, it’s more than just the color of their hair. Over the course of her project she has been keeping a blog and regularly posting her latest portraits. You can visit her blog at: http://ararebreed.blogspot.com/
Redheads are not Baum’s only photographic forte, either. Her series, Houses, depicts the vibrant personality of residential constructions and suburban landscaping.
Baum’s artist statement for A Rare Breed reads:
A redhead myself, I use the photographic portrait to investigate elements of what makes the red-haired person so unique. My project was initiated by a widely printed rumor that redheads are going extinct. While the rumor proved to be false, I continued documenting my red-haired subjects to celebrate and explore their individuality.As only 1% of the entire human population, our distinctive coloring is a defining feature from day one. We are used to being one in a crowd and regularly noted for our appearance. Experiencing life in this way from infancy through adulthood influences who we are. As a natural redhead, I know our hair color affects more than just how we look.
Throughout the series, while the red hair gene is constant, each coloration and personality exemplifies a unique manifestation. In A Rare Breed, I take advantage of the radiant light of my daylight studio to examine the outward appearance and inner character my subjects present. Depicting individuals in front of a simple white background, I allow the viewer to examine the nuance of each shade of red in an intimate series of photographs.
More of Julia’s work can be found at www.juliabaum.com