Kimberly Sue Walker: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
Lifestyle, concept and travel photographer Kimberly Sue Walker clearly has a knack for getting herself into some unique situations and, fortunate for us, always seems to have a camera at the ready. Here’s the backstory on just a few of Kim’s images now exclusive with Evolve:
“My daughter and I love to go hiking in Audubon woods. She likes to liven up our walks with imaginary fairies or re-enactments of fairy tales. One day she inspired me to photograph her as little red riding hood. So I dug out a photo I’d taken of a wolf in Minnesota, and visualized how I could place him in the shot. Analyzing the direction and quality of light on him, I set up speedlights in the woods to mimic the light on her. I then added other photos to the final composite, such as checked fabric to line her basket, and gingerbread cookies (that we made in our kitchen) to fall in her hastened fright.”
“I’d arrived at Yellowstone’s Snow Lodge the night before in the dark, and went out before dawn the next morning with no familiarity of the layout around the Old Faithful Geyser area. Hotel staff gave me 2 rules: stay on the boardwalk (or risk falling into boiling thermal water) and stay away from the bison (or risk being gorged). Walking solo on that snow-covered boardwalk past bison wandering freely over foggy terrain made the experience a bit alarming to say the least. As I rounded a bend at Castle Geyser, I came face to face with this frosty bison. He was warming himself with the steam that had just erupted. Smart guy. It was -38 F. No wonder he was there!”
“Iceland is riddled with Viking history. So I wanted to arrange an opportunity to photograph a Viking re-enactor in addition to the incredible landscapes Iceland has to offer during a photography tour that my husband and I were leading. Arni, of Viking descent, agreed to pose in full gear and weaponry in Þingvellir, a hallowed region where Vikings had annually congregated since 930 to resolve their disputes, often by feuds, and discuss their laws. Arni gave us a wonderful assortment of fierce expressions, action poses, and even mellow ones too.”
See more of Kim’s work on Evolve.