Tim Walker

In last weeks session we looked at the Tim Walker, a British fashion photographer who bases his work around his imagination and dreams. As of this we watched four different short videos, including:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUCrM5i_W3c – The Science Of Sleeping

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVLdNA2Qetk – Finding Neverland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJDLb07CBik – Mulberry Campaign by Tim Walker

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFcOqyWBKYg – The Red Shoes

  • The silence of sleeping – From watching this clip we spoke about how the film told the story of a young man who lived in his own fantasy,  which relates back to Tim Walker because each of the photographic images tell an individual story. This film  is very interesting because it not only shows the science of sleeping but also about how the man drempt about magnificent stories through his imagination. Similarly, Tim Walker brings his imagination to life using life size sets to bring his own twist to his fashion photography. From examining the movie clip you can see how the mans dreams are made up of images which relate back to how Tim Walker makes up his own sets.


  • The Red Shoes – This film clip is from 1948 and is more like a theater show than an actual moving, which we found to be quite confusing as there is hardly any talking. This made us concentrate more on the fashion and backgrounds of each part of the clip. From watching one clip we found it started off being happy and then turning scary which might be relating to a dream turning into a nightmare. This relates back to Tim Walker because of how some of his photographs can look quiet confusing and mysteriousness to others. After doing some research we found out that Tim Walker actually took inspiration from this film as it gives him ideas for each of his fashion sets.

red shoes

  • Finding Neverland –  This film clip is based on the boy who never grew up which tells the audience that a young boy feels like he will never grow up, which s the same as Tim Walker as his imagination never grows old. From looking at the story of Neverland you realize that the director is trying to tell the audience of children and young adults that their dreams can come true which is a similar way to how Tim Walker sets out his photography and models. Overall Tim Walker has taken inspiration from Finding Neverland and I feel that in a way he could be Peter Pan in the sense that his imagination hasn’t grown up.


  • Mulberry Campaign Tim Walker – This is an advertising campaign was created for Mulberry by Tim Walker for their autumn/winter collection. As you can ee from watching the clip, Tim Walker has made his photography sets clearer than the actual products hes promoting. We said that he puts his dreams visually to make the audience feel more involved and you have to believe in your imagination. You can tell from this campaign that Tim Walker has taken inspiration from The Red Shoes because of how the sets are made up, some can be like dreams and others like nightmares. Overall we felt that Tim Walker was a story teller and all his sets have a dream-like feel, using large sets making the audience feel child-like.


We had to then answer the question ‘What were the directors trying to tell the audience? and from the research above we found out that for all of these clips the directors have tried to create dreams and to make the audience use their imaginations so they can feel involved in the clips. They all use dreams in a totally different way which makes them so unique. As a result we found out that Tim Walker takes influence from films and other photography to create his life size and other the top sets for all his photography shoots. No matter how old you are, you should always keep your imagination run wild and never stop believing that your dreams and emotions can not turn into reality. Tim Walker was also inspired by his favorite childhood film ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and you can tell straight away from knowing his work that he can used a lot of their sets for his own sets which can be out of the ordinary and abstract.

Notes from the lesson:

  • We thought that each of the clips told a story and that they were based on a fantasy
  • The sets are theatrical, story-like and dream-like
  • We thought that they were very visual and helped make the audience feel part of the storyline
  • In the ‘Red Shoes’ video clip we felt that it was weird, we didn’t like clowns because they conjured up a sense of dream or nightmare
  • In the same clip we felt that once it turned into a nightmare the girl did not look happy and there were scary people and sculptures.
  • The music was dramatic which changed throughout the scene to build contrast.
  • The red shoes reminded us of The Wizard Of Oz
  • In the Science of Sleep we thought that the man couldn’t tell his dreams from reality and that he speaks from his heart.
  • The sets from the clip were made up from paper cut outs which was the same as Tim Walker
  • The Mulberry sets came to life and we remembered that there was a real life fox and giant birds.
  • None of the sets related to fashion and we thought that the choice of music was unusual for what they were promoting
  • Finding Neverland was about believing in Peter Pan and that he would never grow up, which we then thought this could be Tim Walker.
  • Tim Walkers work could be sinister with skeletons and victorian influences, which also had fears of spiders in the clipd that reminded us of Tim Walker.
  • We discussed whether  the sets or the clothes were more important and whether the choice of model was important. Are models needed to personify the photos?
  • Do we believe in fairies?
  • We thought they were about bringing dreams into the real world and how Neverland transformed into a magical world.