I recently had the pleasure of photographing Tim Andrews, for his project ‘Over the Hill’: A photographic project involving a guy with Parkinson’s Disease who has been photographed during the last six years by over 300 different photographers.

My portrait of Tim was number 306. I chose to photograph him creating a self-portrait of himself (see his results above). You can read Tim’s account of our collaboration on his blog here:



Tim Andrews © Simon Roberts, Brighton, 8 July 2014, 6.03AM

Tim Andrews, then a solicitor, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2005. He took early retirement and, in May 2007, he answered an advert in Time Out for nude models for a book of ‘real’ nudes being compiled by photographer Graeme Montgomery. Since then he has been photographed by over 300 photographers, some amateur, some student but mostly professional including such luminaries as Steve Bloom, Michael Birt and Clare Park. His intention has not been to document his illness but rather to document himself at a time when he “happens to be ill”. There is a huge range of diverse styles and approaches made by the photographers in the project all of which combine to present the many facets of Tim’s character. This compelling exhibition includes over 50 images and several films from the project which has already been the subject of exhibitions in Guernsey, London, Woking, Southport and Farley Farm and has been featured in The Culture Show on BBCTV and in several newspapers and journals.

A selection of portraits of Tim will be exhibited at Create Studios in Brighton from 04–17 Oct as part of the Brighton Photo Fringe festival.

Creat Studios
Unit D&E, Level 2 South
New England House
New England St
Brighton  BN1 4GH
Mon-Fri 09:00-16:30 / Sat 10:00-16:30 / Sun 11:00-16:30
For more information about the exhibition, visit: http://www.photofringe.org/exhibitions/oth/over-the-hill

In partnership with Crane Kalman Brighton is on show at the Brighton Dome:

Polar Nights

Polyarnye Nochi (or Polar Nights) is part of acclaimed British photographer Simon Roberts’ first major project, Motherland, an exploration of contemporary Russian society. This series focuses on winter in northern Russia, finding a region shrouded in darkness nearly 24 hours a day, a phenomenon known as Polyarnye Nochi (Polar Nights).

You can see images from the series here.

Opening times:

Wed 8 Jan – Closed
Thu 9 Jan – Closed
Fri 10 Jan -10am – 4pm
Sat 11 Jan – 10am – 5pm
Sun 12 Jan – 10am – 12pm
Mon 13 Jan – 10am – 5pm
Tue 14 Jan – 10am – 3pm
Wed 15 Jan – 10am – 5pm
Thu 16 Jan – Closed
Fri 17 Jan – 10am – 5pm
Sat 18 Jan – 1pm – 5pm
Sun 19 Jan – 10am -5pm
Mon 20 Jan – 10am – 5pm
Tue 21 Jan – 10am – 5pm
Wed 22 Jan – 12pm – 5pm
Thu 23 Jan – 10am – 5pm
Fri 24 Jan – 10am – 5pm
Sat 25 Jan – 1pm – 5pm
Sun 26 Jan – 10am – 5pm
Mon 27 Jan – Closed
Tue 28 Jan – Closed
Wed 29 Jan – Closed
Thu 30 Jan – 10am – 5pm
Friday 31 10am – 5pm


Sat 1 Feb – 1pm – 5pm
Sun 2 Feb- Closed
Mon 3 Feb – 10am – 5pm
Tue 4 Feb – 10am – 5pm
Wed 5 Feb – Closed
Thu 6 Feb – 10am – 5pm
Fri 7 Feb – 10am – 5pm
Sat 8 Feb – 1pm – 5pm
Sun 9 Feb – 10am – 12pm
Mon 10 Feb – 10am – 5pm

Today Ed Miliband takes to the stage to deliver his Leader’s Speech at the Labour Party’s annual conference in Brighton. This address during the annual conference season is much like an annual performance review when all major party leader’s are scrutinised under the glare of the media microscope.

Here’s one I took earlier; the set-piece Leader’s Speech at Labour’s 2011 Party Conference in Liverpool.

You can read today’s speech, along with an archive of UK Political Party speeches on the Total Politics website here.

A photograph from my upcoming exhibition at Swiss Cottage Gallery Let This Be a Sign is featured in current issue of Wonderland magazine.