Andrew H. Walker has photographed a lot of celebrities in his life. But at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival, he decided to try something … different.
“[Actors] have, not only this personal inside voice, but they have a public persona that they put out there, and they also have their private self,” said Walker, a staff photographer at Shutterstock, in an interview with Mashable. “There’s this whole other layer of themselves as people. I found that really, really intriguing.”
Walker placed a piece of tape on a table and told an impressive list of “A-list” celebrities to pose on either side of it as their “public” and their “private” selves. The only rule was that they couldn’t cross the tape line, so he could composite the photos later. As for which side of the tape they “performed” their “selves” on? That was entirely up to them.
Celebrities can be (understandably) protective of their image. But Walker was surprised to find that 51 A-listers were willing and eager to go along with his plan.
The 15 photos that follow are just a few of the highlights that show a surprising difference between their public and private personas although which one is which, we can’t say for certain.
1. Sigourney Weaver was literally born into the entertainment industry.
But just because she’s good at being in front of the camera, doesn’t mean that’s where she always wants to be.
2. Then there’s John Legend, who’s clearly worked hard to write and produce so many signature grooves.
Legend’s somber expression is a powerful reminder that funky rhythms aren’t all fun and games when you’re cooped up in the studio for days on end.
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