Tim Walker: Blow-up photography
When super-sized to fill the walls of England’s Glemham Hall, 18th- and 19th-century portraits of Baroness de Rothschild, Madame de Pompadour, and other nobles burst out of their frames and into the present.
What would happen if you made a painting so big that it became almost real? And what if the characters in that painting started to fall out and into our reality? These were the thoughts percolating in photographer Tim Walker’s mind when he conceived of “Blow-Up” in W magazine April 2011 issue.
Walker, together with set and costume designer Rhea Thierstein and their respective teams, spent days super-sizing some of his favorite works, like François-Hubert Drouale’s Madame de Pompadour at Her Tambour Frame and James Jacques Joseph Tissot’s Frederick Gustavus Burnaby, and then transferring them onto the walls of Glemham Hall, a vast Elizabethan house in Suffolk, England. “There’s something ghostly about it,” says Walker, “something of the past.”
Models: Sophia Bentley Tonge; Andrew MacGregor at FM Models; Oliver Bacon. Set design and costumes by Rhea Thierstein; production by Zoe Wassall at Great Northern Locations; printed by Touch Digital. Photography assistant: Emma Dalzell.