Tim Walker's eccentric fantasy
Love, Sex and Magic… Sounds good? So what if we add a mysterious and dark side to it? Do you think it’s perfect? If yes, than your next destiny is Somerset House in London.
Tim Walker will be exhibiting in London until 27th January 2013 his most recent work called “Story Teller”, the exhibition that turns what seems impossible to reality. Moreover, it shows the world that we imagine when we dream can in fact be real or at least tangible.
Giant insects play a violin, dolls that are triple our size, a plane with a real size, a mannequin that looks real but also a plastic doll. Photographs with giant skeletons grab a model, even frames that are changing frantically photos of Mounty Python … Yes, the images change! A sweet ethereal magical world that is also provocative, shocking and dark.
But do not worry, for whom is not interested in taking their imagination to levels so high, there is also a collection of works by Walker, which are fairly “low profile” comparing to his general work. Simple photos, Tilda Swinton wearing glasses and drinking coke against a white background, an eccentric woman driving a black figure crippled with white bandages in a wheelchair, Alexander McQueen with two cigarettes. In fact, it is not so low profile as one might think… But we are talking about Tim Walker, the king of eccentricity and originality, the controversial and original fashion photographer.
It is worth entering the world of this artist. A master in photographic manipulation, that through the means available today such as Photoshop, and of course, his natural talent and intense imagination has created a new ideology of “Alice in Wonderland”. Alice, yes, but in a country where wonders can have an addictive and desired frighteningly hand creating a mixture of fear and desire towards it.
Usually sssociated with big names such as Cecil Beaton and Richard Avedon, today it’s almost impossible to not realte Walker’s work with another well-known eccentric artist Tim Burton. Indeed, we can even say that the photographic work of one is the progress of the other in cinematic terms.
Fear or not, it is tempting to try this exhibition. We always hear ”the forbidden fruit is the most coveted” and his applies perfectly to the surreal Tim Walker. We’ve got a star on our agenda ahead of this exhibition. A fairy tale with a touch of black magic is and what we can expect from “Story Teller” by Tim Walker.