Over Hills and Seas exhibition at Regency Town House as part of Brighton Photo Fringe. (Apologies for poor, blurry, askew, reflective snapshots from yours truly). Between 2007 and 2016, Tim Andrews got 425 photographers to take his portrait, and curated a selection on the edge of “landscape” and portraiture here.
Though these are not about illness or disease, the project started as a result of Andrews being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and there is an inherent poignancy to the series.
I was struck by:
Simon Roberts’s response, in which, in effect, by inviting the sitter to take self-portraits, he makes us realise that the whole series, in the act of commissioning, is a self-portrait. I love the sense of movement and dynamism, too. - Roberts’ shot shown with Andrews’ own. It looks like both had fun.
Tina Rowe’s response makes you think of the materiality of photography, the frailty of the image, like skin on the cusp of peeling off from the wood support. An interesting composite portrait making you think of multiplicity and uniqueness, too. Note the poignant discomfort in the pose at the top left corner. 📷
Thea Lovering’s shot of his back looks like a landscape of its own. Rugged, weathered, bearing the accidents, patterns and signs of history - here, the sitter’s life. 💥📷
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