thanks to everyone that came into the little room behind reception, and shared their stories.
i would like to invite people to comment on here, and to open the work up for discussion to help inform the future development of my work. if you would rather email me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
here are comments left in the book on the day (thanks very much);
"really well thought out concept-very powerful-esp with the developing of the photograph, sending it on is a nice touch also-v intimate, natural style which was good. not sure about the girl guide story and shred the compliment slip- that made me feel sad. v good though."
"it reminded me that the barriers of intimacy and the personal can easily fall away. our 'stories' and what is personal to us is quite similar. ('us' meaning human beings.) wasn't prepared for having an address though or something that meant something to me. the piece is heavily reliant on the 'audience' member."
"yes you're right! sometimes you just have to let go and not hold onto things. the 'moment' eh?! thank you!"
"thank you that was lovely! very personal and heartfelt. made me remember my childhood and its awkward and wonderful moments!"
"why d'you shred the compliments slip? i am looking forward to finding out what [the young recipient of the photo] thinks- might be freaked out. i liked the new additions- just query the shredder bit-but the dislocatedness quite nice."
"I enjoyed sharing bits of stories. the whole process was intimate....i was temporarily shocked when my image got shredded, i had written it with so much love. but the package and envelope looked very nice, and made up for the previous disapointment."
"the shredding was nasty, almost how bad she felt when the girls laughed at her on the bench."
"what an emotive, intriguing piece.the shredding somehow made me feel like there is a unity in us (humans) regardless of backgrounds."