“This is the most organic method of communication I have. Photography is the way I speak…It doesn’t get more personal than another human, and that’s what I’m looking to capture, that connection between humanity.” – Rog Walker.
I’ve actually never, ever seen or even come across any relationship like this in my short time on this planet. Not in reality at least. They usually manifest for the most fleeting moments in my thoughts, my fantasies, before the sound of someone screaming my name, or that of an igniting generator brings me back down to earth. So fluid. This couple actually seem to play out the idea of a man and a woman becoming one in marriage, and with so very little farce, so much effortlessness. Knee deep in their archives on the interwebs and I feel like a kid again. I regain some of that lost innocence, albeit also… fleetingly.
Cast your gazes on Rog and Bee Walker, the quintessential ‘tumblr couple’ if you’re just scrolling absentmindedly through one of your feeds, but taking the time to have a closer look, they are something to behold; the superimposing of their slightly different styles of photography, the strength of their relationship, their personal styles, all delicately curated into facile harmony.
“I always thought I’d have to subversively get a traditional relationship, like live with someone for a long time, not get married, or not necessarily have this stable man in my life.” – Bee Walker
Based and creating from The Bronx in New York City, Rog Walker is a photographer who composes his subjects against realistic and mostly gritty environments. The intimate way in which he shoots creates an organic interaction between his subjects and their backdrops. He rarely poses these subjects, and hardly captures them outside of their comfort zones, which gives his imagery a distinctly natural feel. One might assume that being mutual muses and adventure buddies with his wife, Bee, most of his portraits would be of her, but the reality is far from this.
“For me, it’s not just about taking a pretty picture. Photography is my voice; the goal is to speak eloquently.” -Rog Walker.
Bee Walker, Kenyan born, is another shade of awesome. Asides being a model, and a photographer herself, she also is a creative producer at Visual Supply Co. (vsco), the creators of my favorite mobile app and biggest source of inspiration over the past two years; vscocam. Being life mates with Rog, there undeniably are quite a few similarities between their styles of photography.
Here’s a fav. A photo of one of our style crushes here at BFY: Cipriana Quan.
The last three images are from a collaboration with William Okpo for their SS 2014 collection. What really would be the point of this amazing partnership if it didn’t produce equally beautiful joint projects? Both our subjects frequently meld their distinct creative visions and give us projects such as the book Visual Insights: Outer Borough which documents a two year photographic journey through which they explored the abandoned outskirts of New York.
My mouth slowly went from closed to agape when I found out that they printed, hand bound and published the book by themselves. What more do I need to say?
I’m going to leave you guys with a little gift. A mini documentary profiling Rog.
I really couldn’t say much after I saw that. I was moved to speechlessness. Then I showed it to Kachi and she put it in words that I couldn’t possibly have said any better;
“He gets it, he totally gets it.”