Came off the phone with Samantha about an hour ago- our first chance to chat voice-to-voice since I posted the story-response to photo-set no.2 yesterday. Something really significant which came out from the conversation was Samantha wanting to give me (constructive) critical feedback on the story. I already had in my head a dilemma: that within the fortnight time-frame of response, I have no feasible opportunity (unless anyone wants to pay us a significant sum to work as two.5 full time… all offers welcome!) to edit my writing to the standard I would normally consider a bare minimum for something being put into the public sphere. So we’ve agreed a development on our ‘rules’ for the Dirty Laundry project: once we’re agreed that this particular project has come to an end, part of the wrap process will involve me going back over the stories and editing them, with the clearer-eyes of time and thought giving me the necessary perspective to do so.
As part of this in-built expectation of future editing, I would really welcome any feedback anyone has, and hopefully Samantha will feel able to post up here her comments, thoughts and criticisms of the stories so that I have something concrete to refer back to when I come to edit the pieces. Anyone reading this, I can assure you i’m suitably thick-skinned, so don’t feel the need to mince your work: I’m confident enough to take it on the chin, and i’d rather hear something negative I can use to improve the piece in question than meaningless platitudes.
We also agreed that the experience of not being able to talk about the photo/story sets until they’re completed and online has been frustrating on one level, but that the benefits of learning that discipline have far outweighed the negatives. We’ve been forced to hone our thought processes both about what the other person has been doing, and also about what we’re doing ourselves. something I failed to mention in the blog about photoset no.2 was that I chose three different tenses for the three separate pieces, something which set out as an experiment and then became integral – for me – in separating the narrative voices. Because we’re collaborating ‘mutely’, this blog has become a really important forum to raise technical concerns and focuses: for example, we talked this evening at length over the differing uses of perspective in photography and writing, and how Samantha’s knowledge of how I responded to her perspectives in photoset no.2 is going to influence how she shoots in the future. We’re creating narrative and technical challenges for each other, which is the whole point of this collaboration, and the layering of the project is beginning to overtly reflect that.