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Greenwich LIP Group July meetup

Peter Luck opened the session with two fictions, one a riff on the dystopian film Alphaville, sequencing stills from that film with a selection from films of the same era, the other using just six of his own images to build up a mood of unspecific anxiety – this in imitation of the unrelated vignettes which might open a novel, their relation to be established in the succeeding pages. Maybe.

Peter Luck

Steven Stewart followed with a set of topographic images taken around Borough High Street, images recognisable as being from that part of London even before the known landmarks appeared. This prompted a debate on the merits of the recorded walk as a means of ‘getting at’ the urban environment and on the thoughts that might spring from a photo of, say, a Peabody Trust housing block (or an hop exchange).

Steve Stewart

Next the return of Gareth Davies with 360 degree panoramas of the extraordinary shingle beaches of the Suffolk coast, then a set of records of the passage of time made by culling images from a waterproof video camera such that the moments when it was submerged by an incoming wave appeared as rhythmically spaced blurs in a laterally extended image. (This isn’t easy to describe.) Lastly a couple of images taken at a stream using a double fish-eye camera dipped into the stream, so giving an image both above and below water level. This looks like a very fruitful line of investigation and the images impressed us all.

Gareth Davies

Lastly another return: Stefan Lubomirski de Vaux bringing a set of photos of highly skilled people at work: musicians, instrument makers, recording engineers, furniture makers, a painter, almost all in strong, deep colour. These were all made to commission, sparking a discussion of the professional photographer’s flow of commissions and the means of getting them.

Report by Peter Luck

More images to follow

Central London Group June Meeting

A slightly smaller meeting than usual but still a dozen showing work. The theme ‘coast’ brought a selection of beach and harbour scenes from many parts of the world, and a tribute to Bill Brandt’s sculptural nudes on the shore. Two more photographers had also gravitated to the Sussex coast, one finding colours and land-forms in an expansive view over Cuckmere Haven that prompted thoughts of Ravilious and Nash. Wilder shores of Northumberland and the Farne Islands brought kittiwakes, seals, puffins and guillemots; Cornwall close-ups of flowers on the coast path near St Ives given the Tintype app treatment. And then a claim that the lower Thames is not a river but an arm of the sea, so X-pan images of shipping, giant cranes and the North Kent marshes.

Janet Nabney

Margate Sucks by Chris Burrows

Steve Jones

Simon Butcher

Anna Lerner

Ingrid Newton from the series Coastal Flower Portraits

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 26th July at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The theme will be Own Projects – anything you are currently working on or planning. Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form. Please note there is no meeting in August.
Advance notice for September: Shambolic

Crossing Lines Group July Meeting

No pics for a change!

Gareth Davies responded to the recent symposium at The British Film Institute on David Rudkin’s 1974 film Penda’s Fen.

John Levett followed with a very brisk minute on Fen, Fake Fen, Fen estates, Fen & urban growth.

Kathryn Alkins exhibition at The Greenwich Gallery of her photography in Deptford was the source of a discussion on photography, gentrification & the archive.

All stunningly wonderful, demanding & quietly uplifting.






Ealing LIP Group July Meeting

A lot of time was taken up this evening in discussing our exhibitions as we have a lot of organising to do! Our London’s Waterways (below) recently opened at Southall’s Dominion Centre,  and will continue to the end of July, with the possibility of an extension.

The next one will be at St Mary’s Church in South Ealing, where huge square format, black and white prints will be suspended between the arches in the nave of the church. This display will form part of the Borough of Ealing Art Trail (BEAT) over two weekends in September. And then from October to December we return to Artisan, a local coffee house, with each month hosting a different group of members.

We also had a visit from Gillian of West London Arts Scene, who came to talk to us about an exhibition they are organising – that we might like to get involved in. It’s an exhibition which will travel around the borough’s thirteen libraries. Several members expressed an interest and she’ll get back to us with more information.

A few people had brought along images to share…

Frankie McAllister brought along some photos from her recent hiking trip to the high altitude desert of Ladakh, in the north Indian Himalaya. It’s a remote region characterised by arid high mountains and vivid green valleys – and also has many historic monasteries. Frankie will be part of the upcoming exhibition at Greenwich, organised by Peter Luck.

Sean McDonnell has been walking the streets with his camera since the 80s. These two images were taken in Venice.

Danilo Leonardi brought along some photos taken on the London underground. Danilo is interested in the use of urban space, the relationship between people and the built-up environment – and these are part of his ongoing project around that subject. See more on his Instagram  @daniloleonardiphotography.



Greenwich LIP Group June meeting

Angela Ford brought photos from a Sikh festival, part religious, part devoted to martial arts. Unless you are yourself a Sikh it is unlikely that you will have heard of the small Punjabi town where it is held. Nevertheless, between three and four hundred thousand people attend including many from the Sikh diaspora returning to their families. There had been many conversations over the day and this showed in the sense of engagement in the portraits, the factor which distinguished this work from a touristic fascination with the ‘exotic’. It was felt that there was strong ground for taking these photos to British Sikh communities.

Kathryn Alkins spoke about the creation of her exhibition of Deptford photos, currently on the walls around us in the Greenwich Gallery. We had seen the photos projected several months ago. Now, with the assistance of Barry Cole, Kathryn had produced vibrant prints and further research into the history of the locality had enabled informative captioning. The question of change arose in discussion: how does one’s impression of the place change with the seasons and weather (all these were in strong winter sunshine), how does one show the advance of redevelopment – over what period of time?

Angelika Berndt showed black and white images taken on her most recent trip to China where she had tried to show how the new China being built at great pace has yet to supplant the ‘Old China’ in which most people live. But she was mostly interested in mining her audience for views and contacts relevant to a possible future project trying to find and photograph London-based practitioners of traditional craft skills. The old surviving in the new, maybe. This occasioned some lively debate on just what is ‘traditional’ in a society long characterised by change and adaptation; and what do we mean by ‘artisan’. We didn’t quite get to how to photograph it.

Gareth Davies showed 360 degree panoramic photos taken in parks in the London Borough of Brent as part of the RPS Breathing London project which set out to photograph all public open spaces in London.

The 360 degree ‘take’ frequently produced a summary image of the park and its context. Here too change was evident both in the neglect of some recent parks funded by developers (and then left) and in the retention of certain past elements such as the footings and part walls of the demolished Dollis Hill House. Could this be exhibited in Brent?

John Levett closed the meeting with a strong suggestion that LIP should address the conflicts now occurring in London.

Report by Peter Luck