When Tim Andrews was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, he left his job as a solicitor and created a photo project. To date he has been photographed by over 250 photographers. I think I may be No 256.
This is the story of how I met Tim Andrews:
Tim contacted me shortly after the talk asking me to go on a shoot with him. We met at the Meeting Place Cafe and I suggest one of my photo walks but he wants some privacy as he aims to be naked. I had just learned about a new, very spacious nudist beach and think it may be the perfect location. Tim sees himself naked in a corn field – we decide we will try to do both.
The second encounter 9th August sees us a little wet, I say a little- it was more like the heavens suddenly opened and we were literally blown off the beach! The light before the storm creates an intriguing atmosphere and the storm and rain certainly have an impact on Tim’s facial expression! There also seems to be tension looking at the iron fence in contrast to the vulnerability of Tim’s body.
These images are not like anything I’ve taken before. The images of the iron fence make me feel slightly uncomfortable, however, I think it’s rather interesting when a picture makes you feel something (click for larger view).
We talked reading poetry, Mc Cartney, the show at Farley Farm, Cornwall, artist/wife Jane and a whole lot of other things waiting for the end of the storm. At 7:30am we gave up and went for a coffee- dressed!
21st August, 6am: The third encounter is meant to be a re-take. This time we check out the forecasts. The images capture Tim at sun rise. He brings feathers, moustache and a bowler hat, I bring an empty picture frame and a triangle. We also went in search of that corn field chasing the morning light. We talk Anthony Gormley, Gladiator and LA Confidential.
The vast seascapes with the humble presence of Tim’s body speak to me the most. They point to fragility of life, power, drama and synthesis of the elements. An osmosis of air, water, sand, sea and us.
The images are quite different from each other and I have no idea which final image Tim will choose for his project, Over the Hill but I can’t wait to see! I want to thank Tim for taking me on this journey. My personal highlights of our third encounter are here (click on images):
What have I learnt from this? Getting up early can have its charm. Be yourself – be crazy – don’t care what others think and go for it! Stay with it, let it happen. You don’t have to smile but you can if you want to. There is always a second chance in life. Put some music on. Make all the above your day job!
- BBC 2 The Culture Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd4jOWzMyx8
- The man of many faces: theguardian.com
- Still Life: theguardian.com/artanddesign/2011/feb/12/tim-andrews-parkinsons-photography-project
- This is Tim: theguardian.com/artanddesign/video/2011/feb/12/this-is-tim-video-parkinsons-disease
- Nothing Matters Everything Matters (my new film) (beyondproject.wordpress.com)
- Stunned, Overwhelmed and a little bit Scared. (fleuralston.wordpress.com)