John House

Portfolio site for contemporary photographer and artist John House

The Shot I Never Forgot

‘The Shot I Never Forgot’ is an Arts Council funded project in which participating artists were invited to share a photograph that has remained in their mind since they shot it along with the story behind its creation. Most of the artists instinctively knew which image they should share, sometimes because it was poignant, sometimes because of its personal significance or simply because it is a great photograph.

As photographers, we shoot many more images than ever see the light of day, often including fabulous stand alone pictures – shot on instinct – whilst making work for another project. Because these single images do not fit the brief, they sit gathering dust in an ever-growing archive. The Shot I Never Forgot is a chance for some of these images to be presented in their own right, for others to enjoy; a platform to enable some of these memorable photographs to be seen for the first time.

This project began in February 2013 and culminated in an exhibition and publication, held during the Brighton photo Fringe 2014. Since then, it has been lying dormant, ocassionally being dusted off to receive some new submissions!

John House, February 2018

Stuart Pilkington

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At the time of contact, Stuart was in hospital, but kindly agreed to participate with the help of his Mum Linda, who said of this image: "Stuart has chosen this photograph from when he first met Tim Andrews in Brighton. Tim suffers from MS and wanted to meet Stuart because he is trying to get a number of photographers to take his portrait . Stuart and he got on very well together and spent an enjoyable couple of days. Stuart is in a wheelchair post stroke (2015). This left him with no use of his right side and no speech. However they managed to communicate really well."