Twitter is good for finding out all the important stuff, like which topics are setting the news agenda and what celebrities are having for breakfast. It's also, it turns out, good for art.
That awkward moment when you realise you are more in touch with the lives of your loudest tweeters than your oldest friend is an increasingly common phenomenon. Acclaimed photographer Chris Floyd channeled that feeling into inspiration for his latest exposition aptly titled, “One Hundred and Forty Characters”. Floyd, whose photography has appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair among others, took a year to snap the faces behind some intriguing Twitter handles.
The portraits feature 140 of the people whom Floyd follows on Twitter. The mix of characters reflects the way modern communication connects us to both the fabulous and the curiously normative. From Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, to IT Crowd creator Graham Linehan, to the woman in charge of Heathrow Airport’s Air Traffic Control, Floyd has developed an eclectic collection. The exhibit will show in the newly opened White Cloth Gallery in Leeds on 6 June and will run for seven weeks.
The opening weekend offers visitors the chance to join the ranks of Sir Paul McCartney, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lily Allen by being photographed by Floyd — for a fraction of the usual price tag at just £20. Portraits can be taken on Saturday, 16 June from 10 am to 7 pm, or Sunday, 17 June from 11 am to 5 pm. Prints are £10 and will be available for pickup from 25 June.
Words by Lucie Shelly