This post is written by Visualaddicted AKA Mattia Bernini, a designer/photographer based in London studying at London College of Communication, with a few freelancing experience for international clients. In this post he’ll write a short summary of last week’s lecture by Tim Walker.
The London College of Communication main lecture theatre has been hastily packed up by hundreds of young passionate photographers for the inspiring talk held by the half an hour late Tim Walker.
The lecture was worth the wait I have to say. The talk have evolved around different key photographic jobs of his prolific career, from the first work commissioned by Vogue that took place during the Glastonbury festival, to different works in India, Russia and Mongolia. He finely described his way of working as “just a fantasy in an attempt to find the magic, learning to be open to it”. In Tim Walker’s practice there is a constant trial to smoothly blend fashion with the beauty of the landscape, the background, avoiding the classical eccentric screams of egocentrism so typical of fashion photography. Models play a fundamental role in the success of such. This is also the reason why he always use natural light, for a balanced, smooth blending of the subject with the background. Another notable point he made about his work is the constant openness to the unpredictable, letting the un-preconceivable come to life to surprise and amaze you. Never stick for too long with the image you have in your mind.