Hilary gives her account of the meeting here and recalls; ”
I’d arrived a bit early before the interview, giving us a chance to get to know each other a bit as she made me up a lovely summer drink of Loganberry syrup, spritzer and lemon. She indicated she was nervous about the shoot, mostly concerned I’d ask her lofty questions such as “What is the purpose of art?” I never intend to ask such things in my interviews – though sometimes they are natural given the context of a conversation – but because she seemed so triggered by it, I thought it might make a tidy little wild card question for some point in the interview 🙂 so I wrote it on my hand just in case. I thought it was a good one to sit and ponder myself, anyway. Once the camera flipped on and we got to talking, Daphne was, as all my interview subjects, completely at ease, her nerves a distant memory. We talked a good deal about the medium of photography, the compulsion as a woman for “prettiness” and the emboldening her subjects experience through their work together. As we talked, the conversation became deeper and more esoteric, increasingly considering motivation and theory, when all of a sudden, Daphne pointed to my hand and said, “so I guess to answer the question, ‘What is the purpose of art?’ is it is a dialogue between artist and subject and art and audience.” Yes! I love it! And agree. I mark that moment of revelation as pivotal for own relationship to my art as it reminded me to appreciate the joy of being in community with my readers and allow that feeling to guide me in my own approach.
Again I’m reminded that process – not product – is paramount. As Kiki Falconer told me, the product is the detritus of the art, not its achievement.”