Tim Bret-Day

The Forbidden Room

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The Forbidden Room, 2009
Fine art print on Hahnemuhle photo rug paper
Signed and numbered
24 3/8 x 31 1/2
62 x 80 cm
Edition of 35

Tallulah's Dreams was a project I embarked on in 2001. My daughter was two years old and every opportunity I got to tell her stories was a bonus to my often hectic shooting schedule. She would tell me that she didn’t want Cinderella, or Snow White but her own personal stories. I would make up tales about a mischievous little girl who would always be defiant and do whatever she wanted. They were set in a magical house in East London, actually in Fournier St just off Brick Lane. A house full of rooms that she wasn’t allowed into, and where she must remain silent at all times. Rooms occupied by zebras, leopards, giant snakes and crocodiles that would assume human forms to roam the streets. Magpies and crows were at war, and giants patrolled the corridors and would lock her in a wardrobe if she was caught, pinning her hair to the wooden walls of the cabinet. A dolls house that she would play with but with real-life dolls who were terrorised by a giant tarantula. At every opportunity, she would dance wildly and sent the wild beasts into a furor. They were Grimms fairy tales done in a style heavily drawn from Arthur Rackham. Muted colours, pallid skin, deathly qualities brought to life by the force of Tallulah. I would love to make these into a children’s book one day to give to my grandchildren.
Everything was shot on a 5x4 colour neg and we incorporated the high-end fashion of Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.

Tim Bret-Day

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Tim Bret-Day

Born in London, Tim began his career as a rock photographer but was soon drawn to the world of fashion and began shooting for The Face, Elle, Harpers and Marie Claire, travelling the world extensively. He developed a very distinctive style, and was soon working on major campaigns for all the top agencies in London, as well as helping to develop brands such as Agent Provocateur with a unique and often unconventional style of photography.

Clients include: Virgin Atlantic, Harvey Nichols, Agent Provocateur, Mercedez, Nokia, Ikea, Samsung, Sony Music, ITV, Castello, British Airways, Illamasqa, Ghd, Exte, Sky, L'Oreal, Smirnoff and Siemens.

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