These images are part of a series by Julie Blackmon entitled Domestic Vacations. Carefully considering her compositions, color choices, and clarity, Blackmon admits that a bulk of her inspiration comes from 17th century Dutch and Flemish genre paintings.
“The stress, the chaos, and the need to simultaneously escape and connect are issue that I investigate in this body of work. We live in a culture where we are both “child centered” and “self-obsessed.” The struggle between living in the moment versus escaping to another reality is intense since these two opposites strive to dominate. Caught in the swirl of soccer practices, play dates, work, and trying to find our way in our “make-over” culture, we must still create the space to find ourselves. The expectations of family life have never been more at odds with each other. These issues, as well as the relationship between the domestic landscape of the past and present, are issues I have explored in these photographs.”
The complete series and other work by Julie Blackmon can be found here – http://www.julieblackmon.com/index.cfm