Paul Walker has been exhibiting and publishing photographs since 2013. Originally a portrait photographer, he has worked as a film stills photographer in London and now lives in Mid-Wales.
“One of my favourite photography books is the 2016 edition of ‘The Photography Annual’ from The Creative Review published by Centaur Media. I love their individual layouts and fonts and thought that my own work would be well suited to some of those layout ideas.
So, I set about publishing my own book, but boy is it a steep learning curve! The result I’m delighted to say is A Picture Paints a Thousand Words, (Blurb ISBN 9781388131128), a collaboration between a photographer and a group of international writers.
In November 2018, over 70 photographs taken over a period of years between 2013 and 2018 were placed on a gallery page of my website, www.pwalkerphotography.co.uk. It featured photographs of places visited, buildings seen, and people met during my photographic career to date. The ‘story so far’, you could say.
Writers from around the world were then invited to submit pieces of writing, poetry or prose, inspired by one or more of the photographs, of approximately 50 words each, no rules, in their style, their language, their point of view.
Writers had two weeks to submit their entries, during which time I gave my inbox over to my project manager to administer the entries so that I did not see/read any entries until after the deadline!
We then set ourselves up in a quiet room in the Royal Oak Hotel in Welshpool, with prosecco and cake and read and re-read every submission over a period of three hours before coming up with the final selection.
I had an original title for the book called ‘Views. As a photographer I have a view how I see a shot, I compose it and trust others will get it. I thought it would be interesting to see how others may interpret the same view and that looking again through their eyes I/we see something different. To this end, I thought that taking the colours out of the photographs would enable writers to look without prejudice hence they are all in black and white.
Contributions are drawn from all over the world, from India, the United States to the United Kingdom and the final selection represent best collaborations of words and photographic images.”