last week, fashion photographer tim walker’s fantastical exhibition story teller came to somerset house. storybook editorials and enchanting portraits from walker’s portfolio are being housed alongside the jaw-droppping props used by the photographer in his work.
my friend steph and i couldn’t wait to see walker’s almost magical, fairytale artwork in person, and were there bright and early on friday morning, a day after it opened. we entered the east wing galleries and were immediately ensconced in an alice in wonderland, willy wonka, dreamlike fantasyland.
a spitfire crashing through the floor greeted us, followed by an enormous swan boat. alexander mcqueen stared down at us from above a mantlepiece with a skull, grace coddington is hidden beneath her famous mane of flame hair, and john cleese smokes a steaming pipe.
an enormous giant doll with mary-janes and ringlets looms in the corner of one room, creeping us out. she has popped up in a number of walker’s editorial works, chasing models through the forest and across fields. an equally enormous skeleton leans awkwardly within the arches, while a cricket plays the violin in the next room and a snail slithers down the wall.
i loved karlie kloss and the broken humpty dumpty, vivienne westwood with the roses, agyness deyn in the sand dunes… and my absolute favourite was sophia tonge in triplicate with hawthorne blossom – a whimsical fairytale of a picture of a girl on a staircase covered in a jungle of flowers. my favourite…
after all the walking around and oohing and aahing, we had worked up an appetite, so we dashed through the downpour and took refuge in cosy mishkin’s in covent garden for reubens and cream soda.
tim walker story teller is sticking around, with free admission, until the end of january, so there is plenty of time to go and enjoy his enchanting work. a book to accompany the exhibition has also been released and has christmas present written all over it.
(thanks to steph for some of the iphone photos)
p.s. it’s not too late to get your entry in for our ppq shangri-la giveaway! we’ll pick a winner on friday, so don’t forget to get your name in… details here