Late July 2017 and completely out of the blue I get a text message from "my name's Roger" with a pleasant invite to "get in touch with a small team of local creatives who are involved in a very interesting project" they wanted to talk to me about some photography "if I was interested?" ...No harm in finding out a little more I felt.
A few days later and I am comfortably familiarised with 'Wintercroft Masks', a small team of friendly creatives working from a converted living room less than one mile from my home. The guest seating is a horse's saddle and I'm on it.
The masks - various and plentiful - are a concept that blossomed from Steve Wintercroft's dislike of fancy dress. For most of us the solution would be to not go to the party ...or suck it up and buy something cheap, but Steve is a man who thought outside the box and then chose to wear one. The very first mask - a fox design, was built from chopped up cereal packets. My brief: Game of Thrones mask series.
Necessity is the mother of invention Plato
For those familiar with GOT and in particular series 7 which was current, there is a notable lack of available Winter during the UK Summer. I ask that you use your imagination.
Whilst I was blown away by the Game of Thrones mask series, what really caught my attention were many of Steve's less prescriptive designs. All beautifully crafted with no ambiguity regarding identity, but often challenging to discern whether I was observing pure maleficence or deeply mystical charm. We discussed more shoots.
Incipience: noun the act or process of bringing or being brought into existence