Small Talk is a photography collective comprised of seven women. The collective formed at the initiative of Kristy Hruska in Portland, Oregon in 2015.
As a group, we are interested in exploring the nature of what it means to be a visual storyteller. In practical terms, we pool resources, provide support and exchange ideas - we engage in the best kind of small talk, that which binds us together, fostering stronger work and facilitating collaboration. Looking forward, we will explore showing and publishing our work together while individually continuing on our personal projects.
I am a seer. The breadth and depth of what I see and take in frequently overwhelms me. Photography allows me the opportunity to reflect, study and organize fragments of my experiences in order to make sense of the world and my role in it.
My work is created intuitively, often bringing up aspects of my subconscious that are asking to be considered, understood and healed. In this way, my creativity has escorted me through a process of spiritual awakening, or a series of significant shifts in consciousness.
My photographs explore intimacy and relationships, personal identity, spirituality, grief and personal transformation.
I live and work in Portland, Oregon. Photography is my second career, and I am self-taught.
Marico Fayre is a storyteller and visual poet. Her sophisticated use of color, evocative light, and environment combine to create images that speak to both bravery and vulnerability.
The close relationship that exists between communications and photography led Marico to become a marketing professional with expertise in public relations, branding, and project management. This experience now allows her to realize projects of depth and detail with an efficiency and calm that lead one client to describe her style as, “doing wild things very quietly.”
Her combination of planning and conceptual innovation is supported by a BFA and MFA in photography, and she now teaches MFA photography. Marico also brings her combined passion for business and art together as the Creative Director and co-founder of a collective that focuses on assisting creative professionals in building sustainable businesses through specialized planning, education, community building, and promotion.
A gypsy at heart, she travels as often as possible in order to continue challenging how she sees the world and what she is able to discover with her camera.
Marico’s work can be found in Diffusion Magazine, Shots Magazine, Color Magazine, Method Press, 5x5 Magazine, online for Vogue Italia, and in galleries and private collections across North America. She is also involved in ongoing projects for non-profit organizations in New York and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Leslie Hickey (b. 1983) lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She holds BA degrees in Studio Art and English from Whitman College. She recently worked as a teaching assistant in the media department at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. In October she will return to Italy for a month long fellowship through the Civita Institute in the tiny village of Civita di Bagnoregio. In addition to her photography, she runs a quarterly letterpress subscription service through her imprint, Hoarfrost Press. Leslie is also a founding member of an international photographic group entitled Scaleno.
Kristina Hruska is a photographer and fiber artist based in Portland, Oregon. Her photographic work explores the themes of mystery and resilience and often speaks to the intersection between the ordinary and the extraordinary. Her photography has been shown in galleries across North America and are held in private collections across North America and Europe.
Kristina has worked as the Education and Membership Director at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, OR, Photo Workshops Director at Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, MT, and as an Editor for Diffusion: Unconventional Photography Magazine. She is also the founder of Small Talk Collective,
Audra Osborne is a photographer and crafter living in Portland Oregon. Her work stems from the often debilitating emotions she (and many people) feel on a daily basis. These ideas typically center around anxiety, depression, and loss. Her photographs act as a visual diary and study of these emotions, as well as a remedy. By creating these images she has created a space for herself and others to discuss these "taboo" topics on an open platform. This self-enforced openness has allowed her to become more in control of her anxiety, beyond systems and treatments.
Sometimes playing a role for the camera allows me to feel outside of myself. Other times it forces me to feel my skin tautly strung over my bones. I see myself in my minds eye and feel fragile and human. That vulnerability is as thrilling as it is terrifying.
JENNIFER TIMMER TRAIL
Originally from Northern Michigan, Jennifer spent over a decade in New York, and some time in Copenhagen and Victoria, BC, before recently settling in Portland, Oregon. Life circumstances have kept her far from the idyllic small town she still calls home, and this has played a crucial role in the development of her work. Her photographs explore the longings that exist within relationships, things we wish we could hold on to but can’t, and the nostalgia that accompanies the process of aging. She is most interested exploring and pushing the boundaries of what a photograph can communicate on an emotional and psychological level.
Jennifer received her MFA in Photography from Hartford Art School and her BA in Art History / Studio Art / Natural Science from Michigan State University. She is currently an instructor of photography, design, and publication production, and her work has been written about and exhibited internationally.