Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
In W magazine, April 2010 issue, photographer Tim Walker brings his favorite paintings to life. Here: François-Hubert Drouais’s 18th-century portrait of Madame de Pompadour at Her Tambour Frame, (1763–64) super-sized to fill the walls of England’s Glemham Hall, SUFFOLK, UK.
What would happen if you made a painting so big that it became almost real? And what if the characters in that painting started to fall out and into our reality? These were the thoughts percolating in photographer Tim Walker’s mind when he conceived of “Blow-Up” in W magazine April 2011 issue.
Walker, together with set and costume designer Rhea Thierstein and their respective teams, spent days super-sizing some of his favorite works, and then transferring them onto the walls of Glemham Hall, a vast Elizabethan house in Suffolk, England. “There’s something ghostly about it,” says Walker, “something of the past.”