Satellite Group Updates

LIP Putney September 2018 Meeting

Stefan Lubo

Bergina Leka

Bill Christie

Andrew Wilson

I started the meeting with my usual array of ‘finds’ from the internet and was particularly taken by film director Wim Wenders discussing the role of photography in the modern age – its less than a couple of minutes long but quite powerful and worth a look.

We then had a brief discussion regarding the latest LIP magazine, FlIP, which featured a piece from us and the general consensus was congratulatory and a thumbs up for the new editor, Amanda, on the vast improvement she has made to the magazine.
 
I then reminded everyone that I had secured from The Exchange in Putney, three dates for our annual exhibition, 16/17/18 of November and that I was pleased to confirm that Warren, one of our local estate agents, had agreed to continue their support of our event to the tune of £600, which is hugely valuable given that the space alone before our displays costs £750.
 We then moved onto our theme of the month, which was Geometry – inspired by Bergina’s talk in July there was a lot good stuff on show; my personal pick would probably be Stefan’s towels but thank you to everyone who took part, great fun.
 Our theme for next month will be ‘A Splash of Colour’. (Andrew Wilson)

Central London Group August 2018 Meeting

Instead of our normal meeting at the Art Workers’ Guild, our group organised a photo trip for the month of August. Canvey Island was the destination. Most of us who made the trip had never visited before so it was a bit of an adventure, getting the train from Fenchurch Street and alighting in the wilds of Essex on a sunny Saturday. Instead of going round together in a group, we made our own arrangements and met up afterwards to compare notes. Canvey Island has a very distinctive atmosphere and a diverse landscape – the beach, caravan parks, funfair, industrial sites, modernist architecture, suburban housing and marshland as well as the ever-changing riverscape with passing tankers and ships and, of course, not forgetting the people. Plenty of scope for anyone! Here are some examples of photographs from the day…..


Alec Wylie

Alec Wylie


Edith Templeton


Edith Templeton


Peter Luck


Peter Luck


Frankie McAllister


Frankie McAllister


Ingrid Newton


Ingrid Newton

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 12th September at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
The theme is Vintage. Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.

LIP Putney August 2018 Meeting

James Kirkland

Matt Taylor

Andrew Wilson

Bergina Leka

Nigel Attenborough

We started our meeting with a trawl through my recent finds on the internet.
Our theme this month was ‘create your own version of your favourite album cover’ and as usual everyone went at it with gusto – for me the stand outs were Matt and his Nirvana cover and I enjoyed James’s Triptych (can you work it out?)
 We then moved onto our star turn; our member Bergina has put together a fantastic training course to help teach budding photographers, old and new, all about the history of photography and how to take a better picture.  Thoroughly researched and brilliantly put together, her trawl through some of what she has prepared (what we saw is just a small proportion of what she has) was a delight and again, I would love to thank her for coming and for entertaining us so royally.
 Our next meeting will be on Tuesday September 18th at 7.30, where our theme will be ‘geometry’ (or the art of creating shapes in your pictures, whether using the light or the local topography or a combination of the two), and as usual I’d be grateful if you could let me know if you can make it along – all the best (Andrew Wilson).
 

LIP Greenwich July 2018 Meeting

Stefan Lubomirski de Vaux

Barry Cole

Dmitri Stepanenko

Quite a lot this time, starting with the return of Stefan Lubomirski de Vaux who had found a subject from a beach on Crete: the many spectacular shapes of wind-whipped water breaking over the square end of a short breakwater. An object lesson in how to let a subject arise from leisurely attention.

Dmitri Stepanenko followed with a project shot in Japan in March of this year, blossom time and also the time of graduation ceremonies when kimonos are worn. Working out from these observations Dmitri had taken in urban landscapes, and street photography both day and night. Strong colour throughout. An impressive set and he had published most of them in a zine.

Judy Harrington made her first presentation to the group, a loose selection of photos taken around London railways, working outward from the great Victorian termini, through Victorian engineering of the viaducts to the businesses, now threatened, lodged in their arches and the graffiti decoration (and information – otters in Lewisham?). There’s a potential life-work in here.

Short presentations followed. Barry Cole showed a very varied sequence of images taken in one walk in London’s west end, starting from an exhibition at Somerset House. Tony Othen followed with a set of prints: portraits of Ted Hughes taken in 1982 and yet to be published. Hughes has rarely, if ever, been photographed smiling or horsing about – until these. We closed with browsing books from Tony’s collection: Mark Edwards’ Hard Rain and two sets of the work of Jane Bown.

Peter Luck

Central London Group July 2018 Meeting

The theme for the July meeting was Fitzrovia – that part of London between Bloomsbury and Marylebone. A diverse area famous for pubs and the Post Office Tower (yes we all still think of it as that) which has rich pickings for photographers.
Most of us walked around the area – some with greater degrees of planning and intention than others. Peter walked on a diagonal from North East to South West looking at urban space whilst Steve walked from Fitzroy Street to Percy Street to finish at the former meeting place of the Vorticists (now a Vietnamese restaurant).
Frankie caught the excitement of an England victory, Janet looked out for old buildings amongst all the new build and Alec gave us both interior and exterior shots of various buildings. Anna concentrated on what it felt like to return to the area after a period living abroad. Simon showed striking digital pinhole images of Goodge St and other near by streets and Mark showed a variety of buildings, including the Sainsbury Welcome Building, and street scenes.
We all enjoyed our various trips around the area and found completely new things as well as the ever present Tower.
Edith Templeton


Steve Jones


Janet Nabney


Peter Luck


Edith Templeton


Alec Wyllie


Simon Butcher


Frankie McAllister

In August there will be no meeting at the Art Workers’ Guild but at the last meeting it was agreed that we would have a day out on Canvey Island instead.
The day is Saturday 11th August. Rather than go around the island as a gang, we suggest each makes their own travel plan and we all meet up towards the end of the day to compare notes.
Trains depart from London Fenchurch Street station at xx.15 and xx.45 (taking about 45 minutes to Benfleet station). Slower trains (about 1 hour) depart at xx.25 and xx.55.
East Enders might find it more convenient to catch the train at Limehouse, West Ham or Barking a few minutes later (beware – no ticket office at West Ham).
From Benfleet station take bus 21 (on hour and half hour), 22 or 27 (on 15 minute intervals). For the Thames foreshore the 21 to Labworth Park. The others take a more inland route. Journey time about 15 minutes. Maps are available online.
The only pub I know on the island is at the extreme west end and badly placed for a meeting. I suggest the Labworth (modernist, circular, on the waterfront) as the meeting place. If we don’t like it we can always explore from there. Meeting time 5.30pm.
Peter Luck