In 2007 Tim was forced to give up his job as a solicitor when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Uncertain at first what to do, on a whim he answered an ad in Time Out from a photographer looking for subjects. He went to the photographers studio, the photographs were taken, Tim enjoyed the experience and the Over The Hill project was born.
Tim began to write to photographers and ask if they would take his portrait and since then has had his photograph taken by just short of 400 different photographers, ranging from the most august professionals to the completely amateur. The work is fascinating in its range and variety but it is driven by Tim’s generosity and enthusiasm to make the best possible pictures in every situation. He is open to any idea, will work clothed or naked and as you can see is quite happy in a gorilla suit.
Tim has recently decided to call it a day and end the project. There will, he says, be no more new photographs added after the end of May but we are sure that with such an amazing body of work there will be more shows and exhibitions in the future.
Learn more about ‘Over The Hill’ and the amazing Mr Andrews here.
Resonators – Scarlet Page‘s project to create a portrait gallery of the world’s greatest rock guitarists – is about to be launched. The fruits of a two year project, Resonators features Brian May, Paul Weller, Jeff Beck, Graham Coxon, Jimmy Page and many more, all presented in high quality black and white
The book, beautifully designed by former GQ art director Warren Jackson, goes on sale on 1st December and this week, on 26th November, the Resonators exhibition opens at Proud’s Camden gallery.
Scarlet has been hard at work promoting the launch and there has been plenty of press interest in the project. She even made it on to the famous red sofa for an interview on BBC Breakfast this morning. See below
Nepal was devastated by a powerful and violent earthquake on 25th April this year. It was a disaster on an epic scale, nearly 9000 dead, thousands made homeless, towns and villages flattened. Liam Arthur was among the hundreds of volunteers that flew to the stricken country to give help in the aftermath. Working for the NGO Shelterbox in the dual roles of aid worker and photographer he helped provide shelter for people whose homes had been destroyed and, in his photographs, recorded their stories and their situation. The images here are some of the people that he met while distributing aid to one of the worst hit areas east of Katmandu.
Liam is adamant about the importance of the role of the photographer in this situation. “As a photographer my role is to document the disaster and bring back stories and media that describe the situation and the people affected. There is no brief as such except to provide material that can be used by the organisation to publicise the situation on the ground and the efforts to help. We often have a unique view and access – as the second part of my role is to help facilitate the importation and distribution of aid to the affected communities. Being closely involved with the people affected gives you an element of trust and understanding with them, often allowing you to get under the surface, under an exterior often toughened by the catastrophic events that have claimed so many lives, to the real feelings underneath.
Being sensitive to the people that you are photographing in disaster situations is vital not only for them but also for the medium of photography to be trusted across the world as a method of revealing a peoples need for help without exploiting those that you are trying to help in the first place. Often it is hard to avoid the cliched images that we so often see, but the more that you talk to the affected communities the more you tend to see the strength and resilience of the human condition. I would hope a little of this strength shows in the portraits of people who have suffered greatly at the hands of the unforgiving mountains that they inhabit.
They are not a community to be pitied but one of courage and strength, to be supported and helped to build back stronger and better. Unfortunately the disaster here has only begun, with the monsoon rain coming followed by a harsh winter in mountains that were prone to landslides before the earthquakes. Images have the power to keep us engaged in a world who’s attention span is ever shortening. It is important that the stories keep getting told. It is important that we see what needs to be done so that we can empathise and support the people that so generously gave us their stories to tell. But most importantly it is important that we do it with integrity.”