I saw an invitation on Facebook a few months ago, from a group called ’26’, they are a writers’ collective and their ambition is to spread ideas about the joy of language and good writing and get the wider world to have a better appreciation of words and language in everyday use.
They were looking for artists/photographers/print makers etc to volunteer to work with a writer to visualise one of 26 lies. The project was called, rather appropriately 26 Lies.
Each of the 26 pairings were given a Lie to bring to life. I was lucky to work with an old friend Martin Lee and we were very lucky to receive an intriguing Lie from Star Trek’s Mr. Spock.
“It is not a lie to keep the truth to oneself” Mr. Spock
We met at a rather fine ale house to talk about the meaning of the Lie we had been given and discuss how we might bring it to life. In truth we have quite a few pints of pale ale, and this may be a reason for the route we finally chose. A scenario was imagined, it was a brief and fleeting moment on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, and it was one of suppressed love. We thought it worked when we were a little inebriated and more importantly the next day when we were sober.
Martin wrote the wonderful, and if any lawyers are reading this, fictional dialogue between these two galactic heavyweights. The most lifelike action figures I could find were purchased and the scene was set for creating our rather touching, graphic novel, photo story inspired solution.