He told me about how the project started, and lot's of common themes came up between our work. We spoke about finding the right way to work with vulnerable people, how to do that in an ethical way and the importance of taking time to build relationships.
We talked a little about our role in this kind of work. I mentioned my slight nervousness about feeling like an outsider even though I lived in the area my project will be happening for 20 years. James suggested, maybe even stated, that my project shouldn't be a fly on the wall, and that my relationship with the place was critical to the story. He said I have to be in the work.
It's something I've become slightly more comfortable with over the past 12 months, getting in touch with my voice and opinion in all of the stuff I am uncovering. But that is still a work in progress.