Photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten explores the decadence of the Edwardian era in her new series, “In Service.” Recreating the abusive relationships of the wealthy with their servants, she staged vignettes that depict episodes of exploitation, some of them sexual in nature. “I was fortunate to find three stately homes in the south of England,” she said. “Built in the 18th Century, their interior decorations closely resemble those found in grand houses in the Edwardian era.”
To spell out the class difference, she dressed the servants in authentic butler and maid uniforms, and some of the female employers in Alexander McQueen and Chanel. As in her other work, the high-gloss tableaus continue to blur the line between commercial and art photography.
Wow. It’s been six years. Congratulations and Thank you. No words could describe how proud and thankful I am for UKISS. You were the very first KPOP group I loved and you will always be my NUMBER ONE forever. For the past six years, a lot of things have happened. There were pain but there were happiness.
To Alexander Lee Eusebio, Oppa! Thank you for your optimism. I have always admired that of you. "I never chose to leave you guys." Thank you for never forgetting UKISS and Kiss Mes. And just like always, thank you for the smiles you unselfishly shared with us.
To Shin SooHyun, our dearest leader, it was not easy, right? You must have had a hard time. Thank you for always smiling for us but it’s okay to cry and not be okay. "Tonight, I am willing to die on stage." Oppa, thank you for being strong and for giving it your all for UKISS and for us, Kiss Mes. Thank you for thinking of us as your sky. I promise to be a sky that will make UKISS shine the brightest. Thank you and let’s keep going.
To Kim Ki Bum, Oppa… I’m sorry for not being able to protect you. When you were having a hard time back in 2010, I’m sorry for doubting you instead of cheering you on. Oppa, I’m sorry. “Losing a friend hurt a lot because that’s when you lose one person who will be there for you.” We will always be your friend who will back you up and we will be there. Thank you for keeping up with the pain and for moving forward. This time and in the future, I will be there to cheer you on. Have strength.
To Lee Ki Seop, our selca King! You have been to countless auditions and you have had a hard time that it made you sad. Oppa, thank you for not giving up and for being cheering us up with your lovely selcas. I wish I could do the same for you. But Oppa, your mom must be really proud, more than we are, of you. “The best thing that happened to me was when I became part of UKISS.” It was also one of the best things that happened to UKISS. Thank you for your strength and undying passion. Oppa, I am really proud of you.
To Kim Kyoung Jae, Eli! Pigeon! Thank you for enduring months of ramen and fighting the loneliness of being away from home. “The memory that made me cry whenever I think about it, is now a memory I can laugh about.” It was difficult to face the world on your own at a very young age but Oppa, I admire your bravery and your determination to achieve your dreams. Thank you, really thank you for showing us the different charms of Eli and introducing to us Kim Kyoung Jae. You are not alone, Oppa. Go towards your dreams and Kiss Mes will be there to support you.
To Kim Jae Seop, AJ! Our Ivy League Oppa! I really admire you. I am always impressed that our Oppa has been accepted to an Ivy League university but more than that, I am proud because although it was not easy, you did it and most importantly, because you always come back to us. “No matter where I am, I am a member of UKISS. That is something that will not change.” Thank you, AJ, for juggling school and being UKISS AJ. You’ll come back, right? I am looking forward to seeing you on stage with UKISS again and I am wishing to hear more of Jae Seop’s music and sound.
To Yeo Hoon Min, our bunny and selca prince, Thank you for showing us the different charms and sides of Hoon. Thank you for being part of UKISS and for showering us with so much love. Thank you for loving Kiss Mes and UKISS and bearing with the ‘hate’ when you began. Thank you for sharing with us the voice of Yeo Hoon Min and your fabulous abs (Hihi). Thank you for working hard always, whether it is acting, or musicals, or simply every day. Thank you for being a great vitamin. “Before we appear on stage, we always assemble up in a circle and scream out, here we go.” Oppa, let’s keep going and going.
To Woo SungHyun, our angel, Kevin Oppa! Did I tell you that you are truly like an angel? Thank you for your kindness and innocence. Thank you for being our dearest Oppa. Thank you for your voice and for not being afraid to cry. Next time, we will cry together because of happiness. Thank you for coming to South Korea, even though it means living away from home. “Everything we do is for our Kiss Mes. And Kiss me to us is like family.” Thank you for being our dearest Kevin and for loving Kiss Mes.
To Lee Jun Young, Junie! I did not easily accept you and I’m sorry for that. I was just not ready. But it must have been more difficult for you. Thank you Jun for working hard for UKISS, for practicing and practicing, Thank you for lowering the average age of UKISS (just kidding). Thank you ruining Kiss Mes bias list (kidding again HAHA but it’s true) But really thank you for joining UKISS despite the risk and the sacrifices you have to endure. “When I first joined UKISS, I was worried that I could be a burden to them.” You are not a burden. You are a great addition to the family.
To Shin Dong Ho, NAPPEUN NAMJA! You are my bias in UKISS, my forever Ultimate. Just thinking that I might not see you perform again breaks my heart. But it was a decision that probably was not easy for you too. I admire you for working your way towards your dreams at a very young age. While I was still unsure of the path to take, you were already on your way. But it must have been hard. Thank you, my DongHo, for being strong and for your sacrifices. You must have been hurt a lot. I’m sorry for not being able to wipe away your pain when you have always cheered me up. That is why, nappeun namja, thank you, really thank you for being part of UKISS and you will always be. Thank you my inspiration and happiness. “When UKISS’ song ranked first, I’m the happiest. The saddest is when our song is outside the top 1000 songs.” I’m sorry for I could not fulfill that dream. Although it may not happen soon, someday, I wish I could see you on stage again and together with you hyungs and Jun, you will stand together and make that dream come true. Thank you and I love you, Shin Dong Ho and whatever it is you want to do, I will be supporting you.
To NH Media, you may not be the best company in this world, but thank you for creating UKISS and for the six years of being their company. Please, don’t you ever ever disband them. And I wish you could take better care of them. But thank you for introducing to us the Ubiquitous Korean International Idol Super Star.
To Kiss Mes, oh my Kiss Mes. I’m so proud of our fandom. It is a fandom that makes me happy that I am part of. Let’s us be always there for our boys and to support them no matter what. Whether you were there in the beginning, the middle or just now, what is important is that we will be there always. Thank you Kiss Mes for a great six years of fandom love.
HAPPY SIX YEARS OF HARD WORK, LOVE AND HAPPINESS! HAPPY SIXTH ANNIVERSARY, UKISS and Kiss Mes! The journey was not easy and there were painful moments we wanted to forget but those made us into who we are and gave us lesson we will always remember. Let’s us create memories together that will wash away all the pain. I love you OT10! And I will be a Kiss Me now and forever. I will be there. Let’s keep going.
Happy 6th Anniversary to the best boy band in the world! It’s been 6 years but these guys are still amazing in their own ways, even though somebody left (or had to leave), there are still new ones who came and made our lives amazing. "U-KISS will never shrink but it will always continue to grow" - indeed Soohyun was right. I am happy that they’re still fighting and that I’ve seen them grow as a peson, every each one of them. There are struggles, a lot of struggles, but they didn’t give up but instead, kept on doing their best to prove that they can overcome these struggles. Tbh, I no longer care (even them I think) whether they win no.1 or not because for me, they’ve already proven a lot and it’s already automatic to see them as a very successful group, and I know that this title is no longer that important because what’s more important is the joy that they’re bringing to their fans and the joy that they’re feeling because of their love for their music and fans. If every they win no.1, congrats! They deserve it and it’s a bonus ~ ;) They’re the best and humblest group ever to grace on Earth. ♥ I LOVE U-KISS SO MUCH AND I WILL FOREVER SUPPORT AND LOVE THEM. IT IS NEVER ENDING. Happy OT10 ♥<