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Never Let Me Go by TanyaSimpson Never Let Me Go by TanyaSimpson
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 in Edinburgh 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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JonhyBlaze Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Professional Filmographer
this is great!
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018
Thanks so much :hug:
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olgieshmolgie Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional Photographer
Powerful.
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
Thank you :hug:
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Canankk Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016
Wonderful :clap:
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016
Thank you :hug:
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TheAppleScientist Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very moving.. And I didn't need to read the description to understand the song you're referring to with the title.. Beautiful photograph! :clap: Cry forever 
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016
Thank you :hug:
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TheAppleScientist Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!! :heart:
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yamixvalves Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Professional Photographer
Really good one!
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016
Thank you :hug:
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Manlarr Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016   Photographer
I :+fav: this before I read about it. After reading it I am more impressed. I did not know of Mr. Anderson. Knowing that he has Parkinson's Disease I like the photo even more. It speaks to me. I have had PD for 8 or 9 years now.
You did a great job with this image. It evokes much emotion to see it. Thank you. Great job!
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016
Thanks so much for the awesome comment. I still feel kind of emotional when I look at this picture. I was really attached to the concept and the whole look and feel of it from the moment Tim got in touch about working together. I feel really lucky that he was really into the idea too and the weather was on our side. It's one of my favourite pieces of art that I've made and a lot of that has to do with the person I got to make it with.
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getcarter Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016   Photographer
I :heart: it.
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Thank you :hug:
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Mishelangello Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
very interesting image!
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
Thank you :hug:
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WildgoosePhotography Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
The first thing that I thought when I saw this image was that this absolutely reminds me of the poem Suicide Off Egg Rock by Sylvia Plath, which we studied in English Lit class. It's such a sad poem, and it matches up with the story that you've told in the description in a really haunting way! Such a sad image, but really beautifully shot. 
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
I've never read that poem before - it's gorgeous! Thank you :aww:
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WildgoosePhotography Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem! I always try to get people into Sylvia Plath at any given opportunity ;) 
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Soul-Daemon Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A security guard where I work actually did that... just upped and walked into the ocean and was never seen again... Its amazing how some people just suddenly give up without any signs of being unhappy. 
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Seriously? Oh god, that's awful! The song that inspired this photo...I don't know how literal it is, like if it's actually about someone drowning themselves, or if it's more figurative, but the first time I heard it, this image appeared in my head and wouldn't leave me alone. When we (it was very much a collaboration with the model) were planning what shots we'd create, it was really important to us to have some with him facing the camera, coming back out of the water, so there was an element of possible baptism there, as well as an element of possible suicide.
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Soul-Daemon Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I got a sense of facing the reality of ones place in the universe. Its a powerful image and a great song.  
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InPluvia Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
:clap:
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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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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
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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ferobanjo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
nice.
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Thank you :aww:
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Jhannuzs Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, intense concept!
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Thank you. This is still one of my favourite shoots of all time :)
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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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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
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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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
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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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
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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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
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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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
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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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
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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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
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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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
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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