EDITORIAL ARCHIVE- KAREN ELSON SHOT BY TIM WALKER FOR BRITISH VOGUE
This is a shoot I worked on for British Vogue ( April 2008 Issue) with Karen Elson, shot by the brilliant Tim Walker, styled by the fashion guru Kate Phelan. This is one of the very few occasions I worked with Tim. Collaborating with him is a very special experience! His work is like no other and the best way I can describe it is to make a comparison to Tim Burton the film director. Mr Walker creates a fantasy world, taken from ideas he finds in books, films etc.
This particular shoot was based on a Scandinavian children’s book about a puppet doll who is helped by a toy soldier. The sets were designed by the amazing and incredibly talented Shona Heath, who I remember on the first morning I arrived at the house where the shoot took place, was beavering away on all these amazing over-sized props and sets in order to make Karen and the male model seem small in comparison. Two of the sets/props that have always stuck in my head the most were the giant train set and the huge jack-in-the-box. Shona’s attention to detail was immense and it completely blew me away. Karen’s doll like features also work so well for a Tim Walker shoot which is why he has ended up shooting her so much over his and her careers.
Besides just loving these pictures I also wanted to run them on the blog now because it leads me into talking about an upcoming exhibition Tim has at Somerset House in London, beginning the 18th of this month until January 17th 2013 which consists of 175 of his most inspirational pictures to date, of which i will be sure to attend at some point.
Earlier this week, Tim’s new book ‘Story Teller’ was released to accompany this exhibition, and if you can’t make it down to Somerset house to get yourself a copy (you really should by the way) you can buy it online here…….Thames & Hudson. or on Amazon
Any old how, I hope you enjoy these pics as I loved working on them .Enjoy the exhibition if you can get there and enjoy the book if you purchase it. I would recommend to do it all if possible!!!
To see more of Tim Walker’s work click here timwalkerphotography.com
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