On Friday the 11th August, John opened The Gallery at St. George’s House from 5-7pm to allow people to come and view the second part of the Project 22 exhibition. The images were changed over by John and Becki on the 4th of August and then available to view from the 5th. It was never intended to be like the first preview evening when the first half of Project 22 went on display – there was no offer of refreshment and it was only arranged in the five days previous. And whilst John only expected around a dozen people to attend, he was pleasantly surprised when closer to 35 people attended to view the latest selection of faces and order their own prints, supporting Lagan’s Foundation.
Much like the original preview evening, John spent much of the evening talking to many of the faces he had photographed. The two hours flew by in a blur of laughter, conversations with strangers whilst sat on the stairs, the infamous bear hugs and talk of the new project – #WhiteShirt.
The momentum continued on the Saturday, with a further 14 people arranging to view the exhibition privately. John can often be heard to say that Project 22 has allowed him to find 679 new friends, and I have often been amazed how he can recall the names of those he spent 15 minutes photographing, apart from one woman (Michele Pearce) who came to this event that he had completely forgotten the name of! But we can’t all be perfect, can we John!