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