The Photography Conversation Project is a collaborative project between pairs of photographers all over the world. It’s a way for us to connect, share, celebrate, and push ourselves to share more of our every day lives. They say that a friendship is born when you have that “you too?!?!” moment – and this project is the photographic equivalent of many “you too?!?!” moments.
“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” – C.S. Lewis
This project started in 2013 between Kate Densmore and Erin Pasillas – two friends who wanted to maintain their friendship and photography in a more purposeful way. Over time, it only seemed right to add in more pairs, and let the conversation grow.
So what do we mean by “conversation?” As you look through the sets of images being shared, the common thread running through each is a sense of conversation. A back and forth between photographers. Sometimes that’s in the form of light, composition, moment, story, emotion, or something more intangible then those things, but there none the less. Just like a real conversation some times has pauses or moments that change the subject, you’ll see that in these conversations as well.
The only thing we ask of our contributors is that they actively shoot in reply for their conversation – no pulling from archives to finish a thought. This is an active, on going, real time project.
That’s it. No other rules, expectations, or timelines.
Over the years this project has come to be more than a photography project for Erin and Kate. It has been a friendship project, a motherhood project, and a connection project. It bridges the 595 mile gap between Kate’s Grand Canyon home and Erin’s fertile valley of California.
“The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.” ― William Hazlitt