It would seem that for Tyler Shields nothing is too much to capture that shot. His latest collection of work is of the young Hollywood elite photographed underwater. To do this he had to learn to hold his breath for over four minutes in order to capture the perfect shot. It is no wonder that it took him six months to complete the collection. The wait was worth it.
Arriving at the private view of the collection at Imitate Modern on Thursday it was no surprise to be greeted by throngs of people adorning the gallery and the pavement to get a glimpse of the man himself – not just his work.
Lying behind the eclectic mix of celebrities, art enthusiasts and paparazzi were a flowing collection of photographs. Shot in a range of locations, from a swimming pool to Grand Canyon lakes to a bathtub, the work emphasised the elegance of its subjects setting them against the simplicity of a sub aqua background. Every shot is provoking and the sheer risk and cunning of the project itself is one of the most impressive aspects of the collection.
Shields, himself dressed in a smart and simple black tie, mingled effortlessly in a large crowd whilst taking time to talk with guests that included Nancy Dell’Olio, Zoe Hardman and Isabella Cruise (yes, daughter of Tom). He said of the work “Shooting underwater is very, very hard. This series is about showing my view of an underwater world. A lot of these photos look like they are taken in space. They feel otherworldly. My goal was to create the most insane underwater series ever done.” He might well have done so.
Tyler Shields most certainly brought a touch of Hollywood to Marylebone. We really recommend for you to have a look at the collection before it finishes on 9th November – the boldness of the work warrants more than just your attention.