In 2013 I was lucky enough to be asked by Tim Andrews to shoot his portrait for his “Over The Hill project“. Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2005 at the age of 54 Tim has been on a mission to be photographed by different photographers. According to his blog the total number of photographers stands at 270. It’s an interesting role reversal where the subject of the photographs is the driving force behind the project.
Quite a lot of the portraits are of Tim naked, so as I had the option of shooting him naked we decided to drive out to Stanmer Park early one morning. I knew that I wanted to shoot Tim in my montage style but also try some other things.
If you are offended by nudity probably best that you don’t scroll down any further or click “Continue reading”.
In the couple of hours we spent together I got to know Tim a little better, I found out that he swims in the sea every morning at 6:30am in the summer. I would love to shoot him swimming in the sea next summer as that would be right up my street.
I found it reassuring talking to Tim because of the way he has turned his diagnosis into something positive. He said that his life has lots of variety in it now because at least two times every month he is spending time with new people (photographers) in all sorts of different settings, not to mention his is constant contact with a lot of photographers arrange shoots.
It’s nice to join the group of photographers that have shot Tim, His blog is well worth delving into. There are quite a portraits from photographers I know including Emma Critchley, Giulia Zucchetti, Kristina Sälgvik, Travis Hodges and Luca Sage.