Join Beyond Work founder Curtis James in conversation with workers, talking about working life. In show 3, Hannah Kinchin-Frost talks about her thoughts on whether work is just something we do rather than being something we are completely defined by.
This months worker is John Prior, Actor and Santa Claus.
"My earliest memory of Santa Claus, I suppose is the same as every other child, you just get told it by your mother. I certainly wasn't taken to see Santa Claus because I was a baby in World War Two, visiting Santa wasn't something that you did, you know. I'm retired from my main business, I've been an actor in my time, I've been an Arts Council bureaucrat in my time and I could go on for a long time talking about what I'd been. But I'm a retired old man now and I do this at Christmas time." John Prior
I've been out on the road sharing stories from workers and also a bit of background behind the project. This talk was filmed at All About People, an event that took place in Bournemouth in June 2016.
If you'd like to see me do this talk at your company or event head here.
I'm currently looking for all sorts of people to document. If you know of someone that does the following please get in touch.
Tube driver, Taxi driver, State school teacher, Someone that works in utilities (Gas, Electricity, Nuclear, Water), Supermarket worker, Removals, Train engineer, Stuntman, Farm worker, Shepherd, Private school teacher, Chimney sweep, Delivery driver, Newspaper boy/girl, Waiter, Theatre technician, Plastics factory worker, Alarm engineer, Roadie, Public speaker, VR designer, Researcher, Photographer, Samaritan volunteer, Radio producer, Radio presenter, Musician, Greeting card maker.
I pick workers based on a few different criteria. I'm interested in people that haven't taken traditional pathways into what they do. I'm more interested in the person behind the job, why they do it and how they ended up there, rather than the company, the job title and how it's done. If you are a company interested in documenting working life, I have a business that focuses on that.
I'd expect to spend around 1 hour interviewing you, asking you to talk about your current work and how you arrived at this place in time. I'd then need to spend time at your place of work and some time at your home photographing you and your surroundings. This is a loose plan, and will be slightly different for each person.
If you are worried about your company allowing access for me to photograph you, I will help you with this. I place a great emphasis on respecting each participant, and you will be involved in the final sign off process before any images or interview are shared publicly.
The photographs will be used on this website, instagram and in zines featuring each person. They will form part of a longer term project and may be used in prints, books or exhibitions in the future. If you take part, you will receive a copy of the zine and a print of one of the photographs I've taken during our time together.
If you'd like to find out about taking part, please email me.