Saturday 2nd August 2014

Marco Walker

I caught up with fellow half-Austrian; photographer Marco Walker about life and his wonderful work.

What do you do and how did you end up doing it? Both my father and my grandfather were passionate amateur photographers so I guess it’s in my genes, I picked up a camera at 4 and have hardly put one down since. I also think it helps having travelled a lot through my childhood and adolescence always has made me want to document interesting places I have been.

What are you working on at the moment? I’m working on a campaign for my great friend and jewellery designer Bex Rox which we will be shooting around locations in London. I’m also working on a special project in conjunction with the London Olympics.

Who are your favorite artists/designers at the moment? I have great admiration and respect for many different artists from many different fields. I recently saw a show of Jean- Paul Goude’s work in a retrospective show in Paris which definitely stands out from anything else i’ve seen recently.

How would the people who know you best describe you? A mixture of laid back (I am half Californian with Hawaiian ancestry) and part Austrian which is where the more conservative and old school traditional side comes from.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Lake Tahoe California is a pretty special place to be … I love the nature up there but I guess I would get a little stir crazy after a while.

What is the love of your life? My girlfriend, family, friends and good food .

What’s your favorite London hangout? The Groucho Club – always full of characters, especially late at night up in the snooker room.

What annoys you? Low cost airlines namely Sleezy jet.

What is the best advice you’ve received? Never Give Up.

What are your current obsessions?John Stezakers and his amazing collages.

What was your latest epiphany? Early mornings over late nights.

What emotions are you trying to portray through your photography? Photography is all about taking the viewer to a time and place, stimulating an emotion – I want the viewer to be involved on every level, to be there and to feel it.

What is your guilty pleasure? Last minute trips to exotic places, all in the name of research.

Who do you admire? William Eggleston for pioneering color photography.

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