Surreal Photos That Capture the Magical Awkwardness of Teenage Girls’ Lives

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Like slightly older Alices falling down an invisible rabbit hole, the teenage girls in Julia Fullerton-Batten’s In Between series are captured in midair. In Teenage Stories, it’s The Attack of the 50 Foot Schoolgirls, with giant, bathing suit-clad pubescent girls striding through suburbia and stepping in giant wads of bubblegum. The London-based photographer’s Awkward series is less surreal but equally evocative, pairing high-school girls with boys in shots that look impossibly uncomfortable.

Fullerton-Batten is fascinated by adolescence, that strange period between childhood and adulthood when young women especially feel like all eyes are on them (Teenage Stories), that they’re being propelled toward an exciting yet uncertain future (In Between), and are navigating the tense beginnings of sex and romance, as in Awkward. Click through to see a selection of Fullerton-Batten’s cinematic, perceptive shots, which we discovered via Beautiful/Decay, and visit her website to explore quite a bit more of her work.

Julia Fullerton-Batten, from In Between

Julia Fullerton-Batten, from Teenage Stories

Julia Fullerton-Batten, from Awkward

Julia Fullerton-Batten, from In Between

Julia Fullerton-Batten, from Teenage Stories

Julia Fullerton-Batten, from Awkward

Julia Fullerton-Batten, from In Between

Julia Fullerton-Batten, from Teenage Stories

Julia Fullerton-Batten, from Awkward

Julia Fullerton-Batten, from In Between

Julia Fullerton-Batten, from Teenage Stories

Julia Fullerton-Batten, from Awkward