Skip to main contentSkip to footer
three students intently listening to lecturer
Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Ethics in Performance - 2012/13 series

Over The Hill: A Photographic Journey

BEAUTIFUL DECAY by Danielle Tunstall - a painting showing a naked figure with skull face-paint holding a melting bouquet of yellow roses

Over The Hill: A Photographic Journey

10 December 2012

6.30 pm

Chowen Lecture Theatre, BSMS Teaching Building

[Image: BEAUTIFUL DECAY by Danielle Tunstall]

In collaboration with LABTEC*

Tim Andrews' diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease has taken him on what he describes as "an incredible journey of self-discovery" during which he has been able to confront his illness by working with photographic artists of the highest calibre. In conversation with local Parkinson's Disease researcher, Jane Peek, Tim told the story of this extraordinary project and showed examples of some of the photographs and films which document the past five years. A selection of photographs taken by Brighton photographers were on display in the foyer.

* The Wellcome Trust funded London and Brighton Translational Ethics Centre


More about the project

In September 2005, Tim Andrews, then aged 54 and a successful country solicitor, was driving back to his home in Milford, Surrey on the M1 when his left thumb began to shake. His life was about to change forever.

A month later, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and within nine months, he was forced to take early retirement. He had no shortage of things to do; he loved cricket and the cinema and he set about writing his memoirs.

However, another drastic change in his life occurred in May 2007 when he noticed an advertisement in ''Time Out'' asking for people to volunteer to be photographed in the nude by a professional photographer, Graeme Montgomery. ''I thought, why not?" says Tim "I was no longer a lawyer and there was no need to be concerned about my reputation or that of my firm''. So, he went along and was photographed. Unusually, in these days of online advertising, there were two more advertisements in the following two issues of Time Out this time for ordinary portraits. Tim replied to both and was duly photographed.

That was that until, in March 2008, after responding to an advert in a local paper, Tim went on the Internet and found several photographers advertising for models for specific projects. ''I wrote to the first saying that 'I would like to continue on the path of being photographed by different people during the course of my illness' and, as I wrote those words, I realised that I had a project of my own'', says Tim. Since then, he has been photographed by over 220 photographers, some student and some amateur but mostly professional including Rankin, Mike McCartney, Harry Borden, Jillian Edelstein, Vanessa Winship and Steve Bloom.

His project has been featured on the Culture Show on BBC TV and in The Times, The Guardian, The British Journal of Photography, The Big Issue and Photography Monthly. There have been exhibitions at the Lightbox Gallery in Woking, the Guernsey Photography Festival and in Southport, Merseyside with three more exhibitions scheduled for 2013.