You need to look at 'Tim Andrews, Over the Hill' blog and website to get the whole story and follow the progress of this fascinating project and the man behind it. We are very grateful to Peter Dazeley for suggesting we invite Tim to talk to us. Not only did he tell us his story, but Tim also shared his feelings and the thoughts behind the project, which started with him answering an advert for a nude model. This grew into a project which has resulted in over 300 photographers engaging with Tim and talking through their ideas for a portrait of him, encompassing the reality of his Parkinson’s and what that means to him. For Tim, this has led to interviews, exhibitions and maybe enough material for a book, whilst I imagine, for the participating photographers, it has meant a different, creative and challenging approach to portraiture.
The word in the pub was that this was a great evening! We always enjoy getting to know our members better - it helps us plan future events as well as making for a more sociable ambience! Last night was particularly successful, as we had a varied and fascinating programme, with five of the newest members telling us their stories and John Calliste finishing the evening with a brilliantly concise and clear introduction to how he produces his painting with light images.
Becky MacPhee started us off with the revelation that in her day job, she is an ophthalmic photographer and how this contrasts with how she wants to develop (huh!) her personal photography.
David Hadland told us how he started with a Tesco’s compact camera to record his long distance walks, but went on, via several other cameras, to win a ‘proper’ DSLR and hasn’t looked back since.
George Buckley introduced his story in four cameras and wowed us all with his amazing PowerPoint efforts to rewrite his camera manual so that he can access and remember all the workings of his camera. He chose six images which represented important stages in his photographic journey and said how pleased he was to find us, just around the corner from where he works.
Barbara Schwartz added a different perspective - that of emotion in images and how to play with light and composition to make pictures - a reflection of her art and dance background and a welcome sense of balance between art, emotion and techniques.
Ulises Falfan talked about nostalgia and the importance to him to be able to send images home to Mexico which tell the story and paint the picture of his life in London. He is working on simplifying his images, decluttering backgrounds and making strong compositions.
After this, John Calliste rounded off the evening with a super introduction to photographs of light trails, patterns and painting with light, with a well-thought-out presentation and great images to show his experimentation and work in progress.
Many thanks to everyone who made it such a rich and varied evening!