Our Photographic Conversation began in April 2020, during the
early days of the Lockdown. The aim of the project was to create
something positive out of Lockdown. We thought, why not make
the best of difficult times, and keep our creative juices flowing
by taking our photography into a fresh direction.
There were four of us - John Cole, Lauris Morgan-Griffiths,
Alex Brattell and James Robertshaw - and one of us would
take a photograph, send it to the next person, who would then
respond to that image in their own way: in colour, shape, feel,
or texture. There were no rules, no brief or theme; the images
could be literal, abstract or reportage. This continued in a
circular way for two and a half rounds, making 40 images.
Occasionally the recipient would have no idea what it was
they were looking at, or indeed, how to answer but then we
reminded ourselves that conversations meander, change, hiccup
and peter out, and so it was with our photographic conversation.
The result is an extraordinary silent pictorial chat, skidding
around subjects and genres. With a touch of serendipity thrown
in when the creator seemed to respond to earlier ‘comments’
although no one knew what earlier participants had posted.
46 pages of photographs and texts