Mermaid Tales // Tim Walker in Conversation at V&A

Good Morning Beautiful!! Wow what a gorgeous morning, FINALLY it’s sunny AND a cool and crisp morning. Downton Abbey started last night and now it feels like my favourite time of year, I think we can safely say autumn is upon us and it makes me feel all warm inside.

Where has the weekend gone? I had a weekend off the photo booth for a change, but yet there was still our friends wedding to attend on Saturday night! My weekend started on Friday this week, Laura Power and I headed to London to the V&A Museum to see the wedding dress exhibition and also to see Tim Walker in conversation. It was all pretty random, I only decided on Monday to go after Laura’s friend dropped out and she had a spare ticket. I was mildly aware of Tim Walker, but I had never had a huge interest in his work (unlike Laura who, as a trained photographer, has been a life time fan!) so I really just went along for a day out to London – any excuse!

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We jumped on the coach (whoooooo! – one for the Scott Mills fans! – I haven’t been on a coach since college) at 9.30am from Bristol and chatted away the entire two and half hour journey. We arrived at Victoria train station about midday and made our way to the V&A museum, via a quick peruse around the National History Museum mammal section. We thought we would have time to spare to have more of a browse around london for some photos ops, but by the time we had got our tube tickets and found our way through Victoria station, it was near enough time for the wedding dress exhibition. I was hoping to be able to take some awesome photos of awesome dresses, turns out that no photography (or sketching, had I felt the need) was allowed so I just have to keep it locked in my memory palace instead! It was quite a small exhibition but for me the best thing about it was to see Kate Moss, Dita Von Tease and Gwen Stafani’s wedding dresses, all in the same room. They were so fabulous, but actually my favourite of all the dresses was the Jenny Packham Rapunzal dress, it was sooooo sparkly!

Tim Walker in conversation, wasn’t until 6.30pm so we spent the rest of the afternoon in the gift shops, getting lost if the galleries and making the most of the free afternoon tea that was included in the ticket price. The time flew by so quickly and before we knew it, we were queueing up for the lecture theatre wondering what Tim would be talking about. He was joined by his friends and actresses Gwendoline Christie and Amanda Herlech, who had prepared some questions. Tim talked us through several of his favourite photos and let us in on some of the behind the scenes stories, his influences for each of the photos and the process this world famous fashion photographer took to get to the magic of the end result. By the end of the talk, I was completely besotted with this incredibly down to earth guy that sat not five meters in-front of us.

Mermaid Gossip Tim Walker in Conversation
Tim Walker’s Unicorn

This was my favourite of the images he spoke about. And the fact that the reason this shot came about was because a car alarm was going off in the background which made the little pony turn to face away from the camera, and the models were whispering to each other at the right moment. (Yes that is a real miniature pony!)

“Only deal in what moves you deeply” – Tim Walker

I managed to pick up a sign copy of his book, Tim Walker: Story Teller, which I spent the whole coach journey home, reading and looking at the photos in great detail. He was very inspiring and has really made me think about my perspective on my work and how I can be influenced by so much more of life and have even more fun and break the boundaries of normality (even more than I already do!).


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