Over The Hill is "A photographic project involving a guy with Parkinson's Disease who has been photographed during the last six years by over 270 different photographers". I think that number has now gone up to 300 photographers and includes some of the best out there, including a number of good friends and people who I've worked with at Miniclick in the past. It was for this reason that I was so honoured to have been asked by Tim to take his portrait.
Tim and I meet for coffee from time to time to have a chat about photography, books and the like. I've been following his project for years now and last year we (Miniclick) put on a whole day of discussion based around him and Over The Hill. It really is a fascinating journey and a great examination of the relationship between the photographer and the sitter. I'd highly recommend spending some time on his blog to see who has photographed him in the past.
He'd asked me if I'd be up for photographing him in my own architectural style. This proved interesting as I've been, for a long time, an advocate of having people involved in architectural photography but I've rarely considered them to be the subject. In the photo I took of him, I played on this by having him hide underneath the colorama backdrop, so only Tim's calfs and ankles are visible. I really didn't want to take it all too seriously, since every time I meet Tim we always have a good laugh. You can see the photo I took of him attached to this video.
This video sits separately from the photo really, but was approached with the same amount of fun and tongue-in-cheekness. It's all done in one shot and I had Tim read the lyrics to The Smiths "This Charming Man"; I was mainly interested in the line "I would go out tonight, but I haven't got a stitch to wear", as a nod to how frequently Tim appears naked in the photos of him.
You should check out more of his project here... timandrewsoverthehill.blogspot.co.uk/