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.

 
 
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BRIANA CEREZO

Briana is a seer, often overwhelmed by the breadth and depth of what she sees and takes in.  Photography allows her the opportunity to reflect, study and organize fragments of her experiences in order to make sense of the world and her role in it.

Briana's work is created intuitively, often bringing up aspects of her subconscious that are asking to be considered, understood and healed. In this way, her creativity has escorted her through a process of spiritual awakening, or a series of significant shifts in consciousness.

Her photographs explore intimacy and relationships, personal identity, spirituality, grief and personal transformation.

Briana lives and works in Portland. Photography is her second career.

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MARICO FAYRE

Marico Fayre is a photographic artist whose work explores vulnerability, aloneness, mental illness, art as activism, LGBTQ identity, the search for belonging, and a deep curiosity about the dialogue that occurs between making and experiencing art. Her work has been described as visual poetry and her drive to create both encompasses and challenges notions of beauty.

Marico collaborates with performance artists and writers, weaving together the two voices in order to create projects of depth and strength. She is one of the founding members of Small Talk Collective, a group of seven women photographers based in Portland, Oregon. Her combination of determination, efficiency, and calm lead one client to describe her style as, “doing wild things very quietly.”

She teaches graduate photography and works primarily with MFA thesis students, incorporating her background in branding, project management, and creative direction, to support and teach the business side of being an artist.

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.

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LESLIE HICKEY

Leslie Hickey 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

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KRISTINA HRUSKA

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

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AUDRA OSBORNE

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. 

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KELLI PENNINGTON

Sometimes playing a role for the camera allows Kelli to feel outside of herself. Other times it forces her to feel her skin tautly strung over her bones. She sees herself in her mind's eye and feels fragile and human.  That vulnerability is as thrilling as it is terrifying.  

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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.

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