The resemblance between Walker's images and Rihanna's video is uncanny! Every detail from the lit dresses, to the stole stood proud in a stretch of water, seems to have been influenced by his photographs. The video was directed by Rihanna's long time collaborator Anthony Mandler, who also shot her 2006 video for 'Unfaithful'. As much as it is exciting to see Tim Walker's creations brought to life and transported to pop video status, he deserves to be credited for being an obvious source of inspiration for Rihanna's team.
'Why I Write' is a question I have been asking myself a lot recently, in fact I was asked to think about it as part of my introduction to studying Design Writing Criticism. This is an extract from a piece I wrote on the subject:
Putting pen to paper, be it drawing or writing, is always a cathartic process for me, it forces me to think. When I write I feel awake, ideally I like to be in a quiet room so I can focus completely. Sometimes the practice of writing can feel like a foray, attempting to find the answers in my head. Other times words fall on to the page as if they were already written. Even at it’s most challenging writing has a satisfying end, knowing that how ever long it takes to finish, there will be an answer. Working out what to say in someone’s birthday card isn’t always obvious, but in the end I know.
The Libre Culture Manifesto is essentially about creative copyright, it highlights the importance of shared information. It is a 21 point manifesto, so to try and engage the public we created a layered poster, with each point on a different layer. In order to read the manifesto the viewer has to rip through the layers, adding to the aesthetic and creating a collective work of art. A one off event.