“But how much is happiness conscious? I remember one time as a kid in high school running across the parking lot, and I just loved to run, but I didn’t think of it as happiness then. So what part of happiness is the awareness of it and what part is not even thinking about happiness, but just doing it? I think happiness has a little self-consciousness, but it’s weird because it’s enough to tell you ‘This is a moment’ but not enough to say ‘I want to preserve it and hold on to it,’ because then it stagnates and dies.”
"The face and limbs coming through the backdrop were something we discovered on the day by playing around on the set. The set designer, Andy Hillman, stood behind the backdrop to steady Marion on the rocky pathway of the rose garden where we shot, on the outskirts of Paris… as Andy braced her fall, I noticed how good the shape of his hands looked forcing through the rubber. Marion cottoned on to this quickly… et voila… the rubber man morphing through the rubber was created! It was genuinely a spontaneous development through playing around on the set.”
— Photographer Tim Walker on the making of an iconic shot: Marion Cotillard for W Magazine’s December 2012 issue.
This body of work consists of three simple materials that, when combined, produce the portraits: a wooden panel painted a solid white, thousands of small galvanized nails, and a single, unbroken, common sewing thread.