The National Portrait Gallery has selected one of my prints for the 2011 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize currently exhibiting.
"...His photographs remind us that fiction is inspired by reality. His models´ authenticity is pure dynamite... Baker frames his models, building a still life around them. He lets them breathe, he waits and waits until his models seduce us with unadulterated reality whilst Baker unveils a surprising intimacy.
Devora Ran magazine May 2011
"...there is something that sets his work apart from all the shock and awe Terry Richardson wannabes that deserves a closer look... Creepy or not Julio’s photos have an erie calmness to them that separates them from the pack.
Beautiful Decay March 2010
I consider my photography as art, perhaps spelt with a capital A. It is important for me to create without commercial constraints, no financial retribution is offered, but I also refuse to accept payment for photography - the images created must be free from anything but artistic merit.
Once upon a time I took photos for record sleeves. Now concentrating on portraits about what it means to be nude, to be seen naked, the nature of our skin. I shoot on medium-format film only. I want to create images that look back at the viewer upsetting their preconceptions of 'art nudes'. (I don't shot art nudes I take portraits of naked people).
Most of my images are pre-thought set pieces, evoking potential stories brought to life by collaboration with interesting people, never just a 'model'. The goal is something both intriguing and unsettling. Both staged and real... a contradiction.
I am interested in people in all shapes and ages, rubenesque sits wonderfully in my world. Anyone outside the usual body shapes and age groups are particularly encouraged to contact me.
Shout out, even just to natter...
My gratitude to the models I have collaborated with, in order of appearence:
718206 Vaudey Ruin
1192023 Sebastian Leszczynski
1644665 Erin Donohoe (regular collaborations)
1324965 Miss Alan Marie (regular collaborations)
1553552 Roxie Queen
1914537 Lisa Smiths (regular collaborations)
36687 Trauma Unit (regular collaborations)
2029313 Tansy Blue
1988036 Lisa aka Bertie
469441 Mia Miaow (regular collaborations)
2128441 Aiden Tiellii
1782800 Katkinoko [Hair and MUA] (regular collaborations)
1819490 Bea Sweet Model
1470702 Vita Femina (regular collaborations)
2117978 Zex (regular collaborations)
1059711 Pussy willow
724215 Cleo Simone (regular collaborations)
769357 Katie Campbell make-up [Hair and MUA]
2559641 Vincent Littlehat
1729272 Matteo Valentine
1798352 Betty Maraschino
2112807 Dee Elegia
769357 Katie Campbell make-up
Looking forward to shooting with iamnodding
2534095 Rowena B Alt Glamour
2256946 Camilla Y