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We have sugar-coated fairy tales: Tim Walker

London, Nov 16 (IANS) Tim Walker has re-imagined the world of “Alice in Wonderland” with stars like Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Campbell and Whoopi Goldberg for a calendar. And the British fashion photographer says culturally people have “sugar-coated fairy tales in the last 50 years”.

“I think culturally we’ve sugar-coated fairy tales in the last 50 years. Children can really see and feel the darkness in things just as much as the lightness. And that’s something that Lewis Carroll completely got, and maybe that’s why it resonates so much,” Walker said in a statement.

Walker has shot The Pirelli 2018 Calendar, which was presented at the Manhattan Center in New York. The calendar has 28 shots consisting of 20 different and extraordinary sets for a new unique Wonderland.

Talking about it, Walker said: “I always wanted to do it, obviously. I mean it’s an interesting thing that you look at a picture from a Pirelli Calendar and you know when it was taken; it’s very much of the time. And I always like the way you’d look at it and you could see that the photographers were given a freedom to voice their visual imagination.”

Walker feels there is beauty in many different things.

“Something dying and decomposing is sometimes just as beautiful as something that’s just been born. I think there’s a misconception to only focus on the lighter side,” he added.

This year’s calendar features a list of black models and celebrities, including Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, Alpha Dia, Djimon Hounsou, Duckie Thot, King Owusu, Lil Yachty, RuPaul, Sasha Lane, Sean “Puff Daddy'” Combs, Slick Woods, Thando Hopa, Wilson Oryema, and Zoe Bedeaux.

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