First DutyFirst Duty is a photographic study of listening: what good listening really is: what it takes to do it well, and what benefit it has for both the speaker and the listener. The Samaritans is a UK helpline best known for giving confidential support to anyone feeling suicidal and I spent the summer of 2017 with volunteers in London. Using a fixed camera on the desk in front of the volunteers while they answered genuine calls from the public, taking a photograph every 30 seconds. The resulting body of images shows what it is like to really listen to someone: the effort it, the concentration, and the emotional impact on the Samaritan volunteers.
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