Typically late, I walked in on an interesting group of individuals all of whom felt an affinity to the word queer and wanted to be a part of this project as much as me. As we each shared three photos that told ‘our story’ we ended up getting a metaphorical snapshot of each person’s life and heard some moving and funny stories. As with most queer activities in Brighton, there were some friends and familiar faces. Our stories, although they spanned many miles and decades, seemed to be bound up by the shared experience of being queer, some of the pictures were intimate and political, and very much relatable.
Anthony was friendly, energetic, and thoughtful. After seeing some of his work I was more excited than ever to be involved. I really enjoy portraiture but have always really struggled to take portraits myself. I particularly loved his work with the Eastern European women in Belfast and would be over the moon if some of our photos managed to say as much as theirs did. As we discussed queer representation in society and how curators represent LGBT people, we noticed that in some ways our small group wasn’t representative. Although it’s a shame no BME people are involved with the project, I was pleased that we were all aware that our work would be missing this important perspective.
We are due to meet again in just over a week and I’m already looking forward to discussing the project more and undoubtedly getting more inspiration.