I'm really looking forward to sharing this part of the Beyond Work project. I've enjoyed photographing Taras, but, I've enjoyed listening to his stories even more. What you see in this photograph is a small snapshot of the care and attention to detail he puts into his work everyday. The coffee shop feels like a living embodiment of his principles that come alive in his tales about living and growing up in Ukraine and his journey to England.
The work I've made with Taras including some of his stories will be available in a limited edition book made by Stanley James Press in the coming months.
The contemplation of things as they are without substitution or imposture without error or confusion is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention. (Francis Bacon)
I've ended up with a bit of a backlog of films to develop, interviews to edit and web pages to update for Beyond Work. I began that work over the Christmas and New Year period, with the addition of two shoots, one in a coffee shop and the other on the icy cold streets in Halifax the day after boxing day. The photograph above is from that shoot, a morning spent with a team of refuse collectors on one of the busiest days of their year. I had quite a few films to develop and got through half of them last week, still quite a few to do, and then they have to be scanned and de-dusted.
I've also begun work on the words and stories, which will come from the video interviews I do with each person before the photography starts. I'm really excited to see how the words work with the images and am really keen to keep the balance right.
All of this is happening whilst working on my new thing which is launching soon. It's called Fieldwork and is an ethnographic research service for any company that wants to reveal and understand it's culture so it can support it's people to do amazing work. It uses some of the experiences I've had with Beyond Work and People Who Do, and I'm very excited about it.