Perhaps sex, nudity, the connection between bodies and the myriad of connotations regarding our natural sexual natures is just an endless topic of fascination. It sure seems to be for Julian Baker. Unlike some artists, Baker is explanatory when it comes to his photos, writing, digital creations and other artistic endeavours, giving the audience purposeful hints to what he is trying to create. The section entitled “Couples” under the photography heading explains his attempt to capture the relationship between existing couples in love or not. Its things like that that separate Baker from other photographer artist types who fall into the pretentious pattern of guessing what the piece should be about. By hinting at the topic, context or theme, the possibilities of interpretation are limitless and don’t end with someone floundering about in a sea of abstract ideas that may or may not be relevant.
Baker’s photography is quite possibly the best of his collected works. They are raw, honest and illustrate a focus that he has especially honed in on during each exhibit. Each one doesn’t necessarily seem to be better than the last, they are, like the people he captures, evolutions of the other and the subject of his humanness is present in his photographic technique.
By: Sarah MacDonald