Tim had to stop working as a lawyer soon after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Not knowing what to do, he - on a whim - responded to a newspaper advert from a photographer calling for nude models. That was over 10 years ago and Tim has since been photographed by over 400 photographers as part of his own project, Over The Hill, in which he is the subject.
I was honoured to be photographer number 405 back in 2016, just before he officially closed the project. We have since worked together again, and have something special in mind for the future!
"Now this was an excellent day.
It all started in November 2013 when I was invited by Shawn Sobers, a senior lecturer in Photography and Media at the University of the West of England (UWE), to speak to his students about my project.
Ameena was one of those students. She then started to follow me on Twitter and after receiving a few tweets from her, I decided to look at her work on her website and there was one self portrait in particular which shone out. It was like honey and it had deep, beautiful dark tones and I thought "Yep!" and wrote to her in April 2014 asking if she would be interested in photographing me.
This [Tim in the chapel, 2016] was my and Ameena's choice from the chapel. The kaleidoscope of light on my body and on the tiled floor together with the beautiful gold of the reredos, the white altar cloth embroidered in crimson and the green and gold twists of the column at the side combine to create a picture of such richness eventually we moved into the small chapel at the other end of the crypt but that is another story because for only the fourth time in nine years, I decided to choose two photographs from the same shoot for my project because they were both so good. I love this one [Tim in the crypt, 2016] - particularly the light on the cloth highlighting the folds of material and the fact that my head is slightly bowed in awe... of what?"