Friday, September 04, 2009

I don't like Pigeons but I like this.

The blog title says it all really. I came across these images of Krakow born model, Malgosia Bela and was particularly taken with these shots taken by the amazing Tim Walker for Aquascutum. I love black and white photography and Tim Walker but a love for pigeons? No. I am not a fan (especially the one that visits our garden who Becky, my youngest sister has called Pogo) Friends have often seen me cower behind them if I suspect a pigeon is going to take flight and possibly poop on me. Countless times have I ducked and said pigeon wasn't even close to me. Embarrassing.
I don't believe those are real pigeons in the Walker shot. It's hardly unusual for Walker as realism has never been his thing and I personally love his pastel coloured cats, giant plug sockets and enormous stuffed swans. I definitely regard his artistic vision as something like Alice in Wonderland or even Willy Wonka!
The inspiration for the shoot was from the Aquascutum archives, in the shape of Eartha Kitt surrounded by the real deal. Fat, grey podgy pigeons at Trafalgar square in 1955. I remember when you could buy birdfeed at Trafalgar and genuinely believe this is why I am traumatised by pigeons. Imagine being surrounded by hundreds? On the other hand, Eartha kitt looks happy to be there and is not unlike the bird woman in Home Alone. I used to ADORE that film as a kid and even had a girl version of the 'talkboy' which was ingeniously named the 'talkgirl'.

Anyway, I digress, for a behind the scenes look (and to really check out the beautiful Aquascutum macs and Malgosia's stunning face) go here!
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48 comments

  1. i really like this too..specially the 1st shot.




    xoxo
    june

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  2. i love the pictures... interesting...

    lotta love,

    ninneta

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  3. Eartha Kitt looks positively jubilant. Clearly, she does not share your pigeon fear!

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  4. Hi there-oh yes, I loved the Aquascutum ad picture, the mac is gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing the Eartha Kitt pic, its fab!!

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  5. cool pictures! but i'm so afraid of pigeons! but the black and white contrast looks wunderful

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  6. these pics are wonderful, very impressive!

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  7. Wow, that first shot is so incredibly stunning! Hope you're having a lovely day dear :)

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  8. Pigeons are disgusting creatures. Rats with wings! I wish cops would give tickets to people put out crumbs for the disgusting birds in NYC. It's a health nuisance. Even beautiful photos can't change my mind!

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  9. I love these images, but all I can think of now is the "feed the birds" song in Mary Poppins?! My boyfriend is scared of birds due to a traumatic pigeon-flying-into-face incident as a child (hehe) and I always have to shoo them away from him!

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  10. Vintage Trafalgar Square...great shots. It's a shame it as pigeons in though - rats with wings! x

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  11. yeah these are nice shots. I dont like pigeons either but atleast these pigeons dont look disgusting like the ones here

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  12. seriously, the pigeons in the city remind me of large dirty rats.

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  13. I love the finale shot sooo much she is beautiful,I would loove this as a poster!!! Sharon xxx (UK)

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  15. I'm so jealous! I always wanted a talkgirl!! Ahh home alone... And yes it must have been a slumdog-stylee fall. Imagine being drunk, just trying to get your money back and then before you know it you are knee deep in.. lets not go there.

    That first pigeon looks MASSIVE! :) x

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  16. Ooo I want a trench so bad! These pictures are reminding me hehe. Thank you so much for all the london weather updates! Can't wait for our meetup :)

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  17. Hundreds of dirty birds? Oh dude I could not deal. Gorgeous pics though!

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  18. These are gorgeous. ha we really can glamorize anything, even pigeons!

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  19. Gorgeous photographs! I'm especially fond of where the inspiration came from... such a fan of Eartha!

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  20. it is a great editorial but i'm with you on the pigeon's, horrid creatures!

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  21. Truly gorgeous photos!!! Wonderful set :)

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  22. The hole set is fantastic but the first photo won the price.

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  24. lovely pictures! I also like to cower from pigeons, and most other birds, mainly because I fear they will poo on my head x

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  25. Lovely shots, perhaps an Aquascutum mac is what I need? Pigeons are bloody annoying, but they don't seem so bad here. I've added your link too!

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  26. Wow, these are great shots! I only like pigeons in St. Marc's square in italy because they aren't realy bothered with those around them, they just swarm and swarm with no regard for anyone or anything. Good Post!

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  27. These photographs are beautiful.

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  28. Beautiful pics. Such classic looks. thanks for the note.

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  29. I'm not a pigeon fan but these are great. thanks for the note.

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  30. I love trench coats so much. so chic and simple. just throw it on and go.

    :)

    great post!

    xoxo

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  31. quite some photos.
    usually center-focused compositions are boring,
    but these are incredibly beautiful.

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  32. lovely photos . ow i don't really like birds . hahaha .

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  33. wat amazing shots! the guy is a genius! i have to say i also dont like pigeons but im not scared of them, they just look ugly. one time my friend saw a three legged pigeon and she was like look theres a disabled pigeon! very funny!

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  34. Fabulous shoots! But, I hate pigeons too, so if was the model I wouldn't be posing :)

    I was wondering if you like to exchange links with me?

    See you soon.

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  35. i totally agree with your headline!

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  36. i had a seagull poop on me years ago and it was not fun. : (

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  37. love the first photo, goregeous

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  38. i love birds. so much. these are amazing, thank you for bringing them to my attention!

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