Joy, wherever we find it, allows us to feel, if only for a brief time, the intense blaze and burn of our humanity: it is an emotion so pleasurably powerful that it banishes mediocrity, dullness, pain and difficulty to the margins of our consciousness in the moment. What’s not to love about that? I shamelessly seek such moments, delight in them all the more when they are gifted to me by someone else.
A frequent source of joy, for me, is that found in the creative arts and specifically, last weekend, at Somerset House in the Tim Walker photography exhibition. Entitled Tim Walker: Story Teller, this was a fantastical experience. Brilliantly creative, totally surreal and completely enthralling.
As a magazine junkie, I have seen a lot of Tim Walker’s work over the past decade or so, always fun and with such a distinctive style. This exhibition magnified all the elements of his craft – fashion, film, portrait – into something that was … utterly fabulous and made the more so by its’ setting in the quirky rooms of Somerset House.
Winding your way through narrow doorways, individually disparate spaces, all overhung/overlaid with many of the giant props used in the photographs, looking at the beauty of his subjects juxtaposed with the strange imaginings of his visually creative mind, this is a small gem of a trip that spins your brain cells into a vortex of thrills. Pure Joy.
If you are free over the Christmas and New Year period, go across, take a friend. It really is a treat. It’s on until 27 January 2013.
Wheelchair access is not as smooth as you might wish, because it is an old building (Ugh! Cobblestones, slopes, awkward steps, odd lift access), but it is always possible. If you book in advance, disabled visitors may park in the courtyard if they have room available.