For several years, Julia Fullerton- Batten has focused on the lives of teenage girls, portraying them in her edgy photographs as both awkward giants and expressionless automatons. In her latest series, In Between, she looks at the transition from girlhood to womanhood and the tumult that accompanies that stage. For the project, she cast dancers, who could achieve the unusual positions she was looking for - some appear to be levitating, while others look like they're being tossed about - without looking too polished. "I didn't want professional models because they tend to be overconfident," says Fullerton-Batten, whose work has been embraced by the fine-art world. "I quite like the oddness of girls at this age."
• Training: Degree in photography from England's Berkshire College of Art and Design
• Photographers she admires: Guy Bourdin, Ruud Van Empel; also sculptor Erwin Wurm Inspired by: Her childhood, particularly the period around her parents' divorce
• Best advice: Don't worry if not everyone loves your work. It's better to do something extreme than something mediocre that everyone thinks is nice.
• Website: juliafullerton-batten.com