juliette mills – brothers

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This is the story of my life with my two boys since moving to a special place where we all feel closer to nature than ever before. It’s a magical garden where we can fly. It’s a place where the boys can be free. Where they run, climb, wade through a giant pond and hide in a bamboo forest. Where we walk through long grass and beneath ancient trees to catch the school bus. It’s a place where they can watch ferns unfurl and tadpoles grow their legs. Where our day begins and ends with the resident song thrush singing his heart out and ends with the call of the Tawny owl interrupting our bedtime story.

And beyond the garden fence is a vast moorland to explore, where they can climb to the top of a huge tor and feel the strength of wind or the sound of silence. Where they can sit and watch wild ponies play and the sun going to bed.  The images also show a bond between two brothers growing day by day. This reminds me of the importance of family and fills me with recognition and gratitude for all my parents and siblings gave me growing up and continue to give.

At a time when half the world’s population is becoming urban and knowing less and less about nature, and in a country where less than 10% of all children play in woodlands, countryside or heaths, I want to show with this work the importance of the natural world in children’s lives, for health on all levels, as well as cognitive development and creativity.

But most of all this is simply the story of two brothers, just living.



Juliette Mills (born London 1972) is a British photographer based in Dartmoor, South West of England and has been taking pictures since a child. She grew up in a private zoo, surrounded by endangered species, with parents fired by passions for conservation and music, and she developed a love of travel and wildlife via her gallivanting father mixed with an appreciation of home and family through her rock of a mother. She graduated from Kings College London with a degree in French & Spanish, where she specialised in South American cultural identity and spent time living and studying in Paris and Buenos Aires. She went on to study film and photography in the UK.

After working freelance for several years shooting wildlife & travel and writing for magazines, she had her first solo photographic exhibition in London in 2001 – a collection of wildlife portraits, and has exhibited since in local galleries in Devon. Having children and moving to the countryside provoked a change in direction towards documentary work, with subjects closer to home. And the experience of a workshop in Oaxaca alongside some special people, had a huge effect on her way of working, inspiring self-belief and a much freer, more immersed approach to her work.

She works freelance and has several long term projects in progress.


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63 Responses to “juliette mills – brothers”

  • I like this series and I’m curious about this new direction in photo essays. Just as often as we see people cataloging conditions at the ends of the earth we are starting to get more and more of these close examinations of every day life or the photographer’s own inner landscape (Ivan and the Moon)–it is refreshing, but maybe it just seems new to me and has always been there. In a way it almost goes full circle back to Country Doctor (in so far as the subject matter is not exotic or remote). Perhaps we are so saturated with images of the exotic, the drama of war and tragedy, that these more quiet examinations take on a new power.

  • JIM

    No, artists want to all be patted on the back so they pat others on the back. Everything and everyone is wonderful!


  • ……some prefer back stabbing method (laughing and grinning)

  • Words are so much more powerful when delivered in a noble manner. Billy and Mike Avena, I really appreciate your thoughts.. thanks for looking and thinking.

  • Imants, do you think you could be less confrontational with your work – if someone great suggested it? Would you try? Would it depend on who asked this of you and how they asked it?

  • This beginning to all sound a little absurd.

  • My books have periods of quiet and serenity paced with some in your face aspects.
    Yea I am capable of the ordinary http://www.etrouko.com/iman.htm

  • Thank you everyone for looking and commenting. The constructive comments have been very valuable. Intriguing to me how the critique shows as much about the individuals writing it as it does about what they’re observing. And this has added something quite unexpected to my experience of being published on Burn. I hadn’t realised before now quite how much our life experiences had an effect on how we view art. A fascinating experience. Thanks so much.

  • Juliette

    Thanks for this peek into your life.

    I find these wonderful photographs to be so affirming. You have given me faith in my own vision.

  • Juliette,

    Loved your photos :-)

  • I love this work. The composition and lighting of Juliette’s shots convey for me a wonderful mood and atmosphere that just draws you in. She captures the brothers’ relationship with their environment beautifully – these pictures say as much about the surroundings they’re growing up in as they do about the boys themselves, the study of each enhanced exponentially by the way Juliette’s captured the interaction. Therein lies the ‘ethos’ in my opinion. I look forward to the next chapter of this story, and the one after that.

  • I want to say again that I’m so glad these discussions aren’t anything like the discussions on Flickr, although sometimes I think comments cross the lines. In this case, I didn’t feel that way.

    I (should I write this) find myself agreeing with Jim Powers, except in my case I have children and enjoy pictures of children. But I draw a line between the kinds of photos I would love to have in a family album versus the kinds of photos of (other peoples’ children) that I would like to look at again and again. These are beautiful shots and well done, but I am happy to skim through them quickly.

    At any rate, surely any photos worth taking won’t work for everyone. I may take your suggestion to see your other work…on the other hand, my wife is waiting to watch the final episode of Dollhouse on DVD now that those pesky daughters of ours are asleep…

  • Juliette–this is stunning work and clearly straight and true from your heart. As a professional portrait photographer I am sickened with contrived, polished portraits and the status quo of what is being produced out there. Your essay however has inspired me and encouraged me that people are still documenting children in an honest fashion. Thank you for sharing–both your words and imagery.

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