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As a young child spending time in upstate New York, Julia would dig around in the garden with her grandmother Edith - on land that Edith inherited from her father, a Hudson Valley fruit-farming pioneer born in 1819. Julia’s grandmother was a rare female for her time as she received a college education in agriculture (in 1918) and continued to actively farm and care for the land. Edith was also a steward for the environment in her local town, Marlboro, NY.

Time spent wandering through the woods, tending border gardens, weeding and adding to the compost heap with Edith were instructive for Julia, a budding artist and environmentalist. Wandering in the woods and adventuring along the banks of the nearby brook, with a camera in hand, also became a favourite pastime.

An old Leica introduced Julia to the basics of light and film photography. She graduated to high-school darkroom photography and later studied photography at university in New York in the 1980s, and then worked as a photographic studio assistant in NYC. She has been living in Sydney, Australia, since 2000.

Julia has never stopped observing with her camera – her images brought to life through collage, prints and Instagram. She has been actively engaged in many environmental projects and movements, and recently supported the Art for The Wilderness art auction (2019) and the 2040 film and associated-impact campaign.

In March 2018, Julia presented Terra Firma, a solo exhibition at Superlocal Studio, Sydney. In December 2019 she presented Souvenirs for the Future, a solo exhibition at Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney. She is also an active beekeeper of both Australian native and European bees.

Contact: ejuliac at me.com / instragram @juliachamptaloup / Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney.

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