Tim Walker

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Fig 1. The Dress Lamp Tree. 2002

Following his studies in photography, Tim Walker began his career in the editorial industry in which he worked as an assistant in London and also in America. Upon returning to Britain, Walker worked in fashion portraiture and documentary where his clients included Vogue Magazine. Walker has exhibited internationally and has produces film as well as still images; in 2010, Walker received the Best Short Film Award for his piece ‘The Lost Explorer in Switzerland.  Walker’s photographs currently feature in the Victoria and Albert museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

Walker’s style in portraiture brings a strong surrealist style as the set and costume production defies reality completely.  Walker transports the audience to locations in which he merges interior and exterior as one stage in which he uses materials to create ‘boxed’sets on location.  Walker also uses objects in an unexpected way in relation to the environmental aspects of the scenes.  I admire Walker’s image ‘The Dress Lamp Tree’ (2002) as this image presents an interesting example of placing subject matter in a place where you would not normally expect to see it.  The image changes our perspective of the subject matter as Walker combines something natural with something artificial.

Reflecting on Walker’s work, I find he brings a unique approach to fashion photography that is quite daring in some respects.  I find the conceptual idea of placing subject matter in a setting where it is ‘not meant to be there’ refreshing.  I am intrigued to experiment further with using objects as the main subject matter by potentially photographing objects and landscape together.  For this, I am inspired to contrast both parties in terms of colour and relation to bring a sense of ambiguity to the scene. For example, placing an interior object in an outdoor environment.

 

References

Tim Walker (2016) Archive [Online] Available from: http://www.timwalkerphotography.com (Accessed 01/03/2016)

Nadav Kandar

Fine art and editorial photographer Nadav Kandar photographs landscapes that bring focus on form and long distance space.  Kandar exhibits his works internationally in which he currently displays his photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London.  Kandar has received various awards including the Prix Picket Award for the series ‘Yangtze. The Long River, a project based in China that explores the banks of the so named Chinese river.

Kandar’s landscape works explores a variety of subjects in which Kandar makes the most of the open spaces he photographs.  Often his subjects are viewed at a far distance and this increases the depth of the space more so as Kandar considers the tonal value and stretched view of the landscape.  Kandar presents a quiet and lonely atmosphere in his images that gives the viewer a ‘middle of nowhere’ experience. In most of his landscape works, the major elements presented are seen as sky, land and additional subject matter.  Kandar’s imagery is almost dream like as the viewer is given few clues of the location; there is also anonymity in subject matter, bringing a mysterious presence to the scene.

I admire how Kandar takes advantage of the surroundings in his imagery and uses featured subject matter in a way that brings artistic form to his scenes.  I also find his imagery makes the viewer look harder for detail of the subject matter as the distance between the viewer and subject is quite long.  This brings about an investigative approach from the audience’s perspective and could lead to further discovery of aspects that may not be noticed when first viewing the image.  I can relate this to my practice in terms of exploring space on a broad scale and I am intrigued to explore space in terms of shape and form as well as for recognising its significance.

 

References

All rights reserved Nadav Kandar (2016) ‘Work’ [Online] Available from: http://www.nadavkander.com (Accessed 25/02/2016)

Stockland Martel (2016) ‘Nadav Kandar/Location’ [Online] Available from: http://www.stocklandmartel.com (Accessed 25/02/2016)