Loving: Tim Walker

Word on the street, or at least on the pages of Domino magazine, is that London based photographer Tim Walker’s first photography book is THE photography book of the season. Not surprising since the images from it have been floating through my head since I first pored over it last weekend.

Tim Walker Pictures provides a lush overview of Walker’s dramatic photography, as seen in the pages of Vanity Fair, Vogue, W, and countless European fashion magazines.  He’s also the man behind the lens of Juicy Couture and Kate Spade’s high profile, playful ad campaigns – both characterized by their amazing use of saturated color.  Of his work, Walker has said that he loves turning “funny daydreams into funny photographs” which is evidenced by his elaborately whimsical scenes, equally stunning indoors and out. 

The extravagant nature of his sets can be illustrated by this checklist from a recent shoot in Essex: “20 ballerinas, 17 ‘mirrored’ geese, 250 ostrich eggs (sprayed gold), a box of giant plastic hands, a room full of white umbrellas, 20 Christmas trees, a wolf’s head-and-feet costume, a giant pumpkin, fake silver armour, a horse (also sprayed gold), hundreds of ‘Arabian Nights’ oil lamps, and racks of dresses, costumes and ballerina tutus.”  With so much attention to detail, what’s not to love?    

I’ve included a few more of my favorite photos after the break, or you can view a lengthier portfolio of Tim Walker’s work here.

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Written on the body

A NY Times Paper Cuts post recently featured a growing trend amongst bibliophiles: the literary tattoo. Apparently permanently marking your body with your favorite bookish reference and then posting photos of it for all the world to see (even when the result is, well…not that great) is all the rage amongst bibliophiles. Vonnegut, Plath, Dr. Suess, and Walt Whitman seem to claim top honors for offering the “Most Tattooable Quotes”. So obviously now I want to hear from you – if you were to wear one phrase upon your skin what would it be?

Bookish Wall Art

If you’re a book lover looking to fill a little naked wall space then look no further.  Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the trendsetters over at Urban Outfitters have culled a great little collection of vintage book prints.  While I think it’s safe to say that these books were judged by their cover, there were no mistakes made in the selections.  There truly is something for everybody with authors ranging from the heavy hitting Beats (Kerouac, Burroughs, and Bukowski) to Sci-Fi favorites (Philip K. Dick) and a cornucopia of classics in the mix (Vladimir Nabakov & J.D. Salinger to name a few). 

If you’re gaga for cover art even half as much as I am you’ll enjoy seeing some lesser known covers.  Some of my favorites include Corgi editions of Nabakov’s Lolita (pictured above) and Burrough’s Naked Lunch, 1st editions of Philip K. Dick’s Ubik and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, and Charles Bukowski’s There’s No Business illustrated by R. Crumb.  However, if I had to choose one it would undoubtedly be Tennesse William’s A Streetcar Named Desire, designed by mid-century graphic design giant Alvin Lustig.

And the best part?  They’re framed and ready to hang.  Having an eye for good design and a small budget for framing that’s music to my ears.  Enjoy more images of these beauties below the break.

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