I had the chance to hear the wonderful photographer Tim Walker in conversation at Somerset House last week. It is a rare opportunity for this man rarely takes the spotlight, and even for the talk he was to the side, almost in shadow, as the projector showing his work took centre stage.
As his ideas, inspirations and images were explored and explained, it was much like being let inside his head for Â an hour or so.
The room was full but only a select 50 or so ticket holders were allowed into the vault of creativity. There were many aspiring and established photographers, set designers and fans scribbling down his musings.
My biggest joy of the night was a signing, again unusual, and having carted around 'Pictures' (a ridiculously large volume of his work) I was rewarded with not one but two signatures in this and his new book 'The Story Teller'
We went to view the exhibition in Somerset House afterwards and being late it was gloriously empty. Time for me to drink in all that I could and understand more from the recent explanations of why. I shall have to go back a second time as I know I did not register as much as I should have done.
The show is free (unheard of) on until January, I desperately urge you to go and return if you can as I can almost guarantee you will miss some things (hint: snails and skeletons)
It is a wonderful place of creativity, beautifully presented and you will come out smiling.