Photographer Jamie Baldridge draws inspiration from the Industrial Revolution to depict his surreally enhanced photography. Like the works of Brooke Shaden, Baldridge's portfolio boasts a painterly quality that offers intriguing tales of finely clad women in their natural habitats. The scenes he captures often depict these women sitting or standing in common environments, whether that be at home or at a train station, with an additional quirk thrown in to pique the viewer's interest into the lives of his subjects.
Baldridge, who is a Professor of Photography at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, uses his expertise in photography and creative writing to illustrate a series of isolated moments within several fully fleshed out narratives that reinterpret classic fairy tales and echo our modern day lives. His added elements of surrealism give life to the otherwise mundane scenes. Baldridge attributes his masterful storytelling techniques translated through his composite photographic creations to his long history with literature.
The photographer reflects on his work, saying, “I think of the images I create, and the stories I write to accompany them, as my own interpretations of the fables and tales I have devoured throughout my life; from The Little Matchstick Girl to the Epic of Gilgamesh. The worlds I create are inhabited by the same archetypical characters that writers like Kierkegaard and Joseph Campbell have illuminated and have, for centuries, served to describe the human experience; all at once profane, tragi-comical, and erudite.”