Let’s Talk, a campaign backed by Mental Health UK and British Land, is designed to inspire millions of people to open up and have honest conversations about their mental health. Coming to Paddington Central from 29 October to 10 November 2018, the Let’s Talk portrait collection is an inspirational and thought-provoking way to get those conversations started.
As part of the campaign, photographer Charlie Clift and lettering artist Kate Forrester worked with people from all walks of life, including well-known names such as Alastair Campbell, Sue Perkins, Anna Richardson, Bryony Gordon and Jordan Stephens, to create portraits that literally put people’s most difficult thoughts on their faces.
"I wanted to find a way within visual images of not hiding people’s thoughts,"
Clift interviewed each participant and Forrester transferred their most salient words on to the human canvases for Clift to take their portraits.
"Painting on someone’s face is a very intimate act," says Forrester. "Made more so by the sensitive content. But the creation of these images was a surprisingly joyful experience."
The exhibition is also available to view at letstalkcampaign.com.
If you’re affected by any of the issues in the exhibition or need help, please call the Samaritans on 116123.