I was intrigued when Tim Andrews invited me to take part in his ongoing photographic project ‘Over The Hill’.
Eight years ago, Tim was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He left his job as a solicitor and turned himself into an art project, and has now been photographed by over 270 different photographers.
When we met, we talked about the value of family photographs, and the feeling of connection they can provide. Tim showed me a beautiful photograph album made by his mother. It contains childhood photographs of Tim with his brother and sisters, as well as his parents’ wedding photographs.
Tim was very young when his father died, and sadly he has no memories of him.
We decided to play detectives and, using fingerprint powder, search for some physical proof of his father, within the album. We hoped to find countless fingerprints covering the photographs, but sadly we found none.
The only true evidence is a single teardrop on a sheet of music paper that his father, a composer, had shed whilst listening to Vera Lynn sing.
Find out more about Tim’s project at http://timandrewsoverthehill.blogspot.co.uk