‘And the swan, symbol of grace purity and love, sings its sad song at twilight.’
This awe-inspiring photographer has created a fairytale niche all of his own, and his carefully constructed world operates much like a film set. A theme of the impermanence of youth and beauty underpins his work, and to counteract this ‘other side of paradise’ he saturates his imagery with nostalgia and kiddish-ness.
My favourite image from the show, and an obvious muse of Tim Walker’s, the ghostly and enchanting ‘Xiao Wen in yellow Marilyn Wig’, Lanvin, 2012.
The swan symbol is a re-occuring image in Tim Walker’s dreamscapes… above is ‘David and his swan’, shot in 2010.
Christina Carey with masks inspired by W.T Benda, a graphic artist prominent in the 1920s-30s whose illustrated women were often exotic and mysterious.
A beautiful silhouette of another muse, ‘Tilda Swinton in red llama coat’, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2011.
‘Terry Jones and exploding pipe’ with his entourage of pyro-hobos, most likely from the monty python family. Shot in 2009, Shoreditch, London.
Agness Deyn, wandering the desert with her cheetah and an african guide, as you do…
A ‘Pearlescent Xiao Wen’ in Givenchy Haute Couture, Shoreditch, 2011.
Sugar-crystalized roses and cream, Gemham Hall, Suffolk, 2010.
The princess of punk ‘Vivienne Westwood in coral tiara with roses’ in her own wares, shot in Shoreditch, London, 2009.
We loved the installation of these portraits together: a rather resigned David Lynch slumped in his white shirt against white wall world, and his empowered assistant Deborah Trutnik, staring comfortably triumphant at her viewer. These were taken in Los Angeles, 2010.
‘Stig the dog and crystal galleon’, Stoke Park Pavilions, Northamptonshire, 2010.
‘Xiao Wen’ yet again, in a leather neck corset and wig cap, New York, 2011.
‘Nonplussed Linsey Wixon’ wears Richard Nicholl lemon frock, whilst she frowns upon her viewer in a strop. Perhaps the giant doll doesn’t play gentle…
And some more of our namesake bird…
The Tim Walker : Story Teller exhibition will be on show at the East Wing Gallery, Somerset House until the 27th of January, and it’s FREE, so check out his work and imagine yourself some wings for a winter afternoon x