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“I am married to Chris so my relationship with the 140 Characters Project is a little different to everyone elses’.
Usually I don’t get a look in. I get to hear about it after. The Paul McCartney moment, the girl who decided it would be a better portrait if she removed all her clothes, the man diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease running around a field in the middle of winter (naked again ), the trips to Taiwan, etc etc. So when the 140 Characters Twitter Project was born I wanted to be part of it. I wanted to be involved in this thing that was so consuming him. I wanted to see what it was that was pulling him out of his morose nihilism and into some kind of happy(ish) state of mind.
I have lots of amazing photos of our kids (and some of me too) that Chris has taken. I would never have had them if he wasn’t a photographer. I cherish them and know that its only because of his profession that these moments were captured, but my twitter portrait feels like it’s mine because I asked to do it. I like it. It’s not super feminine but I think I look quite cool and I just like being part of this thing that has morphed into such an interesting project.
Who knows? One day in 100 years time it might be something people really reference as a fantastic idea and that wouldn’t be a surprise to me, because it is.”
Welcome to the new site, dedicated specifically to all things associated with the ‘One Hundred & Forty Characters’ project. For those of you unfamiliar with this then here is a summary of how it went down.
In July 2010 I decided to begin photographing people that I follow on Twitter. The idea for this came at a moment when I realised I had not seen or spoken to any of my best half a dozen real and actual friends for over a month. Some of those people on Twitter I communicate with several times a week, in bursts of 140 characters or less, and yet I had never met any of them. As we are now well and truly living in a digital age I am aware that this state of being is only going to deepen and the traditional forms of friendship, although they will not go away anytime soon, are going to have to make more room for the new way of doing things. Where Facebook might be considered as the place in which you tell lies to all the people you went to school with, I had begun to think of Twitter as the place where you tell the truth to all those that you wish you’d gone to school with. The project rolled on indefinitely for almost a year but when, one day, I counted up the number of subjects to date and came to a number in the mid one hundred and thirties, I immediately knew where this had to end. So here they are. My new friends. 140 characters. No more and no less.
I’m now pleased to say that I will be exhibiting the project at Host Gallery, 1 Honduras Street, London EC1Y 0TH between the 3rd & 17th November 2011. Gallery website is www.foto8.com