I like R’s photo’s and R which outweighs ‘I don’t like photos of me and will feel uncomfortable being photographed’. So I was looking forward to this. The room was warm, the hot chocolate thick and the armchair wing-backed. Before we started R had moved things about to de-clutter the background. I think perhaps it was that which set me to giggling. Almost constantly. Because I couldn’t hear myself above the bar noise it felt silent nonetheless.

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The Silence Experiment
Silent: Me and Rachel T
Site: Fino Lounge, Whitchurch, Cardiff
State: Photographer and model
Surprises: R wondered if it would feel intrusive taking photos silenty it didn’t particularly for either of us


The self-conscious making sensation of being sketched is amplified by the fact that I am eating. Eating toasted malt loaf. This is wrong for two reasons. Malt loaf shouldn’t be toasted and chewing it gives me hamster cheeks.  I have been told it is fine to move, but I’m still reluctant to lift my coffee cup. Instead I watch the steam rising from it, and check to see whether R’s coffee is doing the same. It is.

faint sketch in a sketch bookThe Silence Experiment:
Silent: Me and Rob
Site: The kitchen, Rob’s house, Bristol
State: Evening sitting at the kitchen table – 1 sketcher 1 sketchee
Surprises: Being drawn. Rob chose the kitchen, I expected to unpack dishwashers or other chores.