Julia Fullerton-Batten


Julia Fullerton-Batten

Feral Children 


A feral child is one which has lived isolated from human contact, often from a very young age. As a result, the child grows up with little or no experience of human care, behaviour or language. Some were cruelly confined or abandoned by their own parents, rejected perhaps because of their intellectual or physical impairment, or the parent’s belief that this was the case.


As a mother of two boys, Fullerton-Batten was appalled and intrigued when she first learned about feral children. And she chose 15 cases to portray, not to replicate the exact scenes, but to interpret and duplicate the feelings and actions of each feral child living their experience.

Life is complex, for some more than others, even when we are considering a normal human life. Its complexity varies from one part of the globe to the other. In considering feral children, who are fully human, at least at the start of their lives, how can we not look at my images and question and wonder about the tenacious survival instincts of these human beings.




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