Let's Talk


In 2019 Guildhall Yard hosted an outdoor photography exhibition by photographer Charlie Clift and lettering artist Kate Forrester. By drawing people’s most difficult thoughts on their faces, the artists aimed to spark conversations and to inspire others to open up about their own mental health.

It’s ok to not feel ok. Speak up. Let’s Talk.

outdoor photography exhibition in Guildhall Yard
Let's Talk in Guildhall Yard, 2019

The Process

Everyone featured in the project has had mental health difficulties. Charlie interviewed each volunteer to find out how they would describe these in their own words. The artists picked out words and phrases from the interview which they felt best explained each person's experience. On the day of the photoshoot Kate spent a couple of hours hand-lettering these words onto the person’s face. Having literally put their toughest thoughts out in the open, Charlie then photographed them whilst they talked about their life, their passions and their difficulties.

See all images and stories and find out more about the Let's Talk campaign.

All media © Charlie Clift and Kate Forrester.