Dear UTexas Library: I love you. Always have, always will. I love you even more when I don’t have to spend money but am still able to look at and touch books that I could never afford because you buy them for me. Like this Tim Walker book.
And I <3 you even more when your staff orders books related to things I like but didn’t even request. Like this other Tim Walker book.
So to anybody at any major university: Your school has money! Lots of it! That’s what the football games are for, right? They are more than happy to spend it for you, but you have to put in the effort to let them know what you want.
And so, here are some of my favorite images from these two books. It is a tiny sliver of what those books have within their pages. (FYI, the “Pictures” book is a beast. Oversized and huge. A burden to carry, but a pleasure to flip through.)
(In case you don’t know who Mr. Walker is, he’s a fashion photographer known for his dreamy and imaginative shots. You’ll see what I mean later on.)
Both of his books opened with this shot of this grasshopper. Although simple, it still has lots of the qualities found in his fashion photos. But what stood out the most to me is the fact that this little guy had his picture made in Austin, TX! And now, many years after this photograph, he is finally back in his hometown nestled on some library shelves.
I fell in love with this photo last summer in France. At that time, and at the time of writing that post, I had no idea who Tim Walker was. But then I saw this photo. And I knew. It had to be the same photographer. If it wasn’t, then there was some plagiarizing going on. Regardless, I’m still in love with both images.
They give you a rare peek into the artist’s mind. They allow you to fully explore your thoughts without any fear or constraint. And they are just so lovely to flip through years later to see what you were thinking about at the time.
Very Christo et Jeanne-Claude-esque… but with his own twist. A giant bow. I love love love bows.
i’d also like to share a quote I found by him in his book:
“The fairground used to come where I grew up. I’m still inspired by magical, escapist environments. Richard Avedon once told me: ‘Only photograph what you love. Everything else will slot into place’.” –Tim Walker