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And the arms of the ocean are carrying me
And all this devotion was rushing out of me
And the crashes are heaven for a sinner like me
But the arms of the ocean delivered me


Though the pressure's hard to take
It's the only way I can escape
It seems a heavy choice to make
Now I am under

And it's breaking over me
A thousand miles down to the sea bed
I found the place to rest my head

- from 'Never Let Me Go' by Florence + The Machine



Today I had the honour of shooting Tim Andrews for his project, Over the Hill.

Tim has Parkinson's Disease and has been photographed by
over 200 photographers over the last few years, in various
states of undress and numerous unexpected places. He got
in touch with me a few months ago to ask if I'd like to be
involved and I jumped at the chance. The photographs so
far in the project are absolutely stunning, created by
amazingly talented artists.

Our shoot was inspired by the Florence + The Machine song,
Never Let Me Go. I'm no stranger to asking people to do
weird things for the sake of art and was overjoyed when
Tim loved the song as much as I did and agreed to wade
into the sea in his clothes. We headed to Portobello Beach
this afternoon and raced the rising tide to shoot our
pictures. I was so excited, I had to process them as soon as
I got home. There's something truly beautiful about the
resulting images looking exactly as they did in your head
when you first came up with the concept.

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:iconinpluvia:
InPluvia Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
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heresjohnny999 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
truly stunning shot and very thought provoking. thanks for putting me on to over the hill project too, what an inspiration Tim is.

also thanks for the llama :)
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013   Photographer
Thanks :hug:
Tim's project is a truly inspirational endeavour. I'm honoured to have been able to be part of it.
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heresjohnny999 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
no worries :)
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:iconferobanjo:
ferobanjo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
nice.
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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Jhannuzs Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, intense concept!
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013   Photographer
Thank you. This is still one of my favourite shoots of all time :)
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:iconjhannuzs:
Jhannuzs Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great!
and thank you very much for Llama
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DearIndifference Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
I Love this! This really is such a powerful image.
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012   Photographer
Thanks so much :hug:
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ChristianaIvanova Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read about Tim's story on another photographer's blog and it stuck with me immediately. Your capture, albeit very simple as a visualisation, is a beautiful contribution to his project and a powerful image on its own. I love both the determination and the peculiar acceptance in his body language, it embodies the inspirational lyrics perfectly.
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012   Photographer
Thanks very much :aww:
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Yourmung Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
Amazing photograph, reminds me a lot of Alfonsina Storni, the poet.
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012   Photographer
Wow...I'd never heard of Alfonsina Storni but I just went and searched for her poems and they're incredible. I have shivers down my spine :)
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Xerces Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
An amazing and touching shot- and part of such a great whole as well- such a project.
I checked out some of the stuff on his site, and the description he gave of you was wonderful:
"I asked Tanya if I could take a photograph of her and she said NO!! in no uncertain terms. So, readers, I'm afraid that I cannot show you what she looked like but I can tell you. She looks like an angel with piercings all round her lovely open face. She is the prettiest person and that is accentuated by the huge amount of beauty within. She is the nicest of people and very gentle and warm and has a sense of humour to match" That must have been so lovely for you to read.
This photo also makes me sad, as I've heard a story about someone that lost their will to live and just walked out to sea one day- but it's good to know that Tim is making the most of things :)
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012   Photographer
Tim's blog entry about the photoshoot was really lovely. He also put together a video, part of which was the set of photos we shot accompanied by the song that inspired them. I had no idea about it until I watched it and it made me cry a bit :aww:
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Xerces Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
aww!
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RedKiwiBird Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
This image made me cry and I don't have the faintest idea why it did. In any case, before I leave my computer in search of kleenex, I'm unavoidably struck by how right something went here. I don't know what or how, but it did. I don't even know if these are happy or sad tears. I think they may be both.

p.s.
Back with the kleenex. I didn't read your description, because the experience of this piece was so emotionally rich that it is not something I wish to interpret. I prefer to only feel.
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Photographer
It's really amazing to hear that one of my photos gave someone such an emotional response. Thank you so much for the comment :tighthug:
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really captivating. There is something...dignified about the man, his posture, his stride.

And, out of curiosity...was this scene in Britain by chance? Or the States? Something about this seems English for some unexplainable reason. B-)
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012   Photographer
It was shot in Scotland, where I live :aww:
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. Thanks :)
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TheWiseWeirdProphet Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
was expecting to be rickrolled :p

Great pic, very mysterious :)
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012   Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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Vicesome Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012   General Artist
What a wonderful image! Indeed it matches the lyrics like a glove, especially with the rock at the bottom - like finally leaving a heavy burden behind. This is photographic poetry at it's best!
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012   Photographer
Thanks so much for the amazing comment. That rock was only in two of the photos we shot that day, and only because we had to move to avoid the rising tide (my camera bag nearly washed out to sea!). I'm so glad it ended up being involved in the pictures because it added so much more to my original idea :aww:
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DoctorHorrible-8D Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
This is one of my favorite photos ever. Creative and beautiful Love the song, also. :D
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012   Photographer
Thanks very much :aww:
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DoctorHorrible-8D Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Welcome. :D
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WizardOfUnseen Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a beautiful photo. :) The idea is wonderful and it is as though the poem and the photograph were meant to be together. I love how it stirs emotions inside me. The light adds to the effect as it adds a touch of melancholy. The feeling you get when it is cloudy and you are in your home, sitting by the window, looking at the clouds, thinking, feeling. The poem is so beautiful and it adds another layer of depth to the photo. The fact that the horizon is clear is rather important since it evokes infinity. The endless journey and the hope that one day, the journey will end and the traveler will be able to rest. :clap:
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much for the lovely comment :hug:
I was so happy about the weather that day. We'd been planning the shoot for literally months and Tim and I were both so excited about the concept. I had the image firmly fixed in my head, right down to the exact colour palette that I wanted and that all depended on a cloudy day. I woke up thinking "Please don't let it be sunny!"
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WizardOfUnseen Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome. Lol, one of those rare moments when a photographer wishes that it is not sunny. :D Also, your book is expensive. :(
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   Photographer
I wish it didn't have to be. I only make 3 - 5 on each book sold, the rest is the cost of printing from Blurb. Print-on-demand stuff is expensive :(
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WizardOfUnseen Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, so it is only when I request for one do they print the copies? If so, then I guess it is going to be expensive. Do you have the original manuscript? :D
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   Photographer
The original is a weird digital file that Blurb uses for making their books. The vast majority of the photos in it are either on dA or on my blog though :aww:
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WizardOfUnseen Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What about the writing? :D
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012   Photographer
It's not that kind of book. There's no writing apart from the credits :)
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WhenThingsGoBoom Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Both the poem and the picture really remind me of my dad's favourite song. It's about a baby boy who gets washed ashore, and someone finds him and adopts him. But all the inhabitants of the island see him as a freak, and in the end he dives back into the sea because he feels more at home there than among all those people who alienate him- even though he can't swim.
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Photographer
What's the name of the song? I'd love to hear it :aww:
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:iconwhenthingsgoboom:
WhenThingsGoBoom Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Well, it's Dutch, so I'm afraid you won't understand a lot of it ^^; [link] (I can pm you the translated lyrics if you want to understand what they're singing :))
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Photographer
It sounds beautiful even if I don't understand the words :aww:
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WhenThingsGoBoom Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
^^
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012   General Artist
Wow, very powerful. I love the way you've captured the action. It seems almost surreal. Gorgeous depth and a really great concept. I love how it seems like time is about to stop, or that;s just my weird thoughts, haha.

Great photo, very powerful
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012   Photographer
Thanks so much for the awesome concept. I love your interpretation of it, especially that you see a potential stopping of time in a situation with so much motion - the sea, the man walking. I really like finding out about what other people see in my pictures :aww:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012   General Artist
You're gallery really reaches into your mind. Can be perceived in many ways. Greatness! You're awesome RockStar!:glomp:


My pleasure.
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kirafaclaws22 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow....it's a very touching piece. One of my favorites, I think.
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much :hug:
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kirafaclaws22 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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annazombie1334 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
a very special piece. wonderful shot!
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