Sunday, 27 January 2013

Tim Walker: Story Teller


Life-sized aeroplanes made of baguettes, giant insects playing the cello and a flying saucer joining a hunting party are just some of the Alice in Wonderland-esque surreal photographs that are included in Tim Walker’s ‘Story Teller’ exhibition at Somerset House.

The exhibition is full of extravagant and magical gestures that are always dominated by beauty. This is naturally aided by the likes of Walker’s models who read like a who’s who of the last two decades of modelling, from Karen Elson to Kristen McMenamy, and Kate Moss to Karlie Kloss.

Walker has a distinctive eccentric yet magical English aesthetic and his images are always elaborately beautiful and often slightly creepy. This is illustrated in the fairy tale-esque composition whereby a giant 15ft disconcerting-looking doll (above) chasing a miniature doll-like Lindsey Wixson through the woods, as featured in Vogue Italia.

“Sometimes when you’re taking a picture an extraordinary sense of luck and chance takes over and propels you to make pictures that you couldn’t in your wildest dreams have imagined. This is the magic of photography.” – Tim Walker

I’m really pleased that I managed to attend the exhibition on its penultimate day to see the photographs in the flesh. It was quite a spectacle, with an elaborate prop forming the centrepiece in every room in this magically staged 'Story Teller' exhibiton. Well worth the visit!

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