Tim Topple

Tim Topple

PhotographerMargate, United Kingdom
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Tim Topple

Tim Topple

PhotographerMargate, United Kingdom
About me
"The word 'snapshot' is usually used in a derogatory way, but it doesn't have to imply disposable or unthinking, it can be elevated beyond that." - from World Photography Organisation Interview I've been taking photographs for nearly 20 years - my main obsession being chasing that inimitable, truthful energy held within the often overlooked snapshot. I work with clients who want this same aesthetic for their own projects - images that tell stories through the fleeting, surreal, humorous or playful 'micro-events' that don't reveal themselves during more formal photoshoots. I also work as a photography educator, having run workshops for local young creatives, university students and in prisons. Much of my personal work is centred around documenting family life in the same way, an approach that reveals the rarely shared aspects of domesticity.
  • Nadine Shah - Topless Mother
    Nadine Shah - Topless MotherBTS and press shots from recent video shoot for Nadine's new single, Topless Mother
  • SABIRAH at London Fashion Week
    SABIRAH at London Fashion WeekI was hired to cover backstage action, as well as individual looks and Salon Show for Collection 1.6.
  • Fantastical Worlds at Turner Contemporary
    Fantastical Worlds at Turner ContemporaryFantastical Worlds was a youth arts project which took place in May - July 2022. After exhibiting at The Wooden Box Gallery, it was taken on by Turner Contemporary in Margate as part of their Clore Learning Library. "Fantastical Worlds is a collaboration between Year 8 students at Royal Harbour Academy and Project Motorhouse. In May 2022, a group of 21 students took part in a series of imaginative & collaborative workshops with photographer Tim Topple, artist Christopher Tipping alongside Jo Map
  • LCCA Guest Photographer
    LCCA Guest PhotographerIn February 2023, I was invited by the Course Director for the BA Fashion, Media and Promotion degree at LCCA to run some photography sessions to help the students use photography to express their values, identity and personality through a combination of styling and photographic techniques. Over several weeks we covered subjects such as how composition, lighting and photographic technique can help communicate ideas and create moods, and how the values of fashion publications influence the photog
  • Justine's Opening Night
    Justine's Opening NightCommission to cover the opening night of Carl Barat and Edie Langely's new club - Justine's, in April 2023.
  • 'The Salad Way'
    'The Salad Way'Salad x Margate (2018), promo and album shoot for 'The Salad Way' (LP, CD) (2019). A full (blistering hot) day, multi-location shoot with planned venue/outdoor area sessions, with all the in-between walks, outfit changes and impromptu refreshment breaks captured - many of these behind-the-scenes shots ended up forming the CD album booklet.
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Work history
    PhotographerTim Topple
    Margate, United KingdomFreelance
    Freelance Photographer based in SE UK. Mostly working with clients in the arts including musicians (Nadine Shah, Salad, Forgiveness), artists and galleries (Mark Leckey, Sadie Hennessy, Turner Contemporary), and events (Workstation, The Albion Rooms), as well as various jobs for entertainment venues, press and private clients. I have also exhibited my personal work across the south east and worldwide as part of the Sony World Photography Awards where I placed 3rd in the uk, and top-ten globally in the Portrait category. I have also worked on youth engagement education projects, acted as guest photographer at London College of Contemporary Arts, and delivered workshops in prisons. www.timtopple.com
    Film & Media Course FacilitatorHMP Rochester
     - Rochester, United KingdomPart Time
    I ran 6 week (12 day) courses for inmates giving them skills and industry insight with the aim of helping them with their rehabilitation. With theory and practical workshops taking in all areas of the industry, later in the course we allowed room for experimentation and personal projects, as well as the opportunity to enter the Koestler Awards (which have been won by participants many times over).
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  • Photography
  • Photography Editing
  • Creative Photography
  • Art Photography
  • Backstage Photography
  • Event Photography
  • Family Photography
  • Documentary Photography
  • Reportage Photography
  • Youth Engagement
    Electronic Imaging and Media CommunicationsUniversity of Bradford
     - Bradford, United Kingdom
    Graphic DesignShrewsbury College of Arts & Technology
     - Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    Sony World Photography AwardSony World Photography Awards 2017
    I placed 3rd in the UK overall, Top 10 Worldwide in Portraits, and Winner of the Print Swap vote. I was featured in The Atlantic, Time Magazine, World Photography Organisation, The Mirror, and The Telegraph among others
    Best in ShowPhoto-Forum
    "Congratulations to Tim Topple for winning Best in Show at our 2016 End of Year Exhibition! This image comes from Tim's project "Elephants for Dinner", Once again we'd like to say a huge thank you to our competition judges: Annalee Mather, Andrea Kurland and Giles Duley Photography and to the sponsors of our best in Show prize: Pixelrights, Huck Magazine, theprintspace and Peter Dench Images."