Satellite Group Updates

Central London Group April Meeting

The theme ‘Domestic’ produced a high standard of work.

Several people had made very original images from everyday domestic objects in their own homes. Other subjects included a series of objects ‘looking out’ of the windows of the photographer’s home, in which the objects each represented aspects of the photographer’s feelings. There was a splendid study of a traditional Indian home inhabited by three generations. Others had chosen to photograph their own families involved in everyday life.

The subject gave reason to look at our own homes in a fresh way, and to ponder on what ‘home’ means.

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The Feminist View by Ariadne van de Ven

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The House in Mangalore by Barbara Luckhurst

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Sue Czapska

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Teresa Levitt

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Edith Templeton

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Rashida Mangera

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Do You Want To Be My Friend by Mara Oldland

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From the series Spring is Cancelled This Year by Ingrid Newton

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Peter Luck

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 14th May 2014 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The topic for the meeting will be Architecture. Prints or digital images on a memory stick please – maximum of 10 images.

Ruislip Group: March Update

GARETHDAVIES2Our March Meeting took place this week and was kindly hosted by Anne Crabbe.

We started our meeting with a round up of LIP activities including feedback from the last satellite coordinators’ meeting which included plans for a symposium for members that was warmly received.

We then moved to the main focus of our meeting which was, as usual, a review (with helpful advice!) of members’ current projects and work.

As a compact group, there is always enough time for a meaningful debate in respect of each member’s work – which is the main ‘purpose’ of the group – to give on-going encouragement. We covered John Rhodes’s work on the recent floods, Gareth Davies’s innovative video-based approach to landscapes (please see the images in this post), Anne’s latest project work including local studies and my own foray into landscape photography.

All LIP members are of course welcome to attend our meetings.

Robert Davies

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Central London Group March Meeting

We weren’t sure what sort of response we would get to the call out for video at our last meeting, but we needn’t have worried! There was an excellent turnout and many people brought their own videos and slideshows set to music or with a recorded soundtrack. Video ranged from static shots of moving images such as trees in wind accompanied by ambient sounds, a long, slow panning shot of a misty wharf, a very well-edited sequence of video clips of London’s roller skating community in action, and a short but tense film called Deadline set in a classroom.

There were a number of slideshows with soundtracks including a response to David Lynch’s factory photographs currently on show at the Photographers’ Gallery; a selection of hundreds of photographs documenting a day trip to Brighton, edited to highlight the frenetic pace of life in a crowded, bustling seaside town; images of an empty park bench and passing people taken over the course of a year but greatly speeded up; a slideshow of gritty, black and white street photographs of New York set to a Lou Reed track; a presentation of the South African charity project Giving Through Photography; photographs of urban London life accompanied by an unexpected soundtrack of country sounds; and a considered sequence of photographs of commuters reflecting on Jonathan Swift’s view of humanity, starting in silence, later accompanied by elegiac Elizabethan choral music.

What became evident during the evening was that the actual filming or taking of the photographs was just the first step – the success of the work is due in a large part to sequencing and tight editing, the creation of unusual juxtapositions and contrasts and the syncing of music or soundtrack to move the narrative forward or emphasise certain aspects of the story. Here are just a few stills from some of the films.

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From the video Wind by Sue Czapska

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Simon Butcher

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From Giving Through Photography by Rashida Mangera

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From Rus In Urbe by Ingrid Newton

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Edith Templeton

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From An Affinity by Hugh Look

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From the video Brighton Rock by Alison Adcock

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 2nd April 2014 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. Please note the meeting is a week earlier than normal. The topic for the meeting will be Domestic – of our relating to the family or the household, familiar, tame, internal, national, native. Feel free to cast a fresh eye on your home environment! Prints or digital images on a memory stick please – maximum of 10 images. So that you will have plenty of time to prepare for the following meeting, advance notice is also given for our May meeting topic which will be Architecture.

Central London Group February Meeting

We have had some very positive feedback after our last meeting when we were asked to work to the theme of SECRET. The word was interpreted in a variety of ways – from the secrecy of fog-shrouded landscapes and the brooding atmosphere in a reputedly haunted wood to the secret life of objects and the mysterious world of shadows in an urban landscape. Other inspired responses to the topic were a fictitious photostory of a secret affair, a video in slow motion of people walking, secrets hidden behind the wall in the former East Berlin and the series of portraits of family members holding pictures of their earlier selves.

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Simon Butcher
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Sue Czapska
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East Greenwich, 11th December 2013 by Peter Luck
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Ingrid Newton
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Eva Hagman
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Edith Templeton
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Angelika Berndt

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 12th March 2014 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. We will be showcasing video during this meeting so please bring along either a short video of your own or a favourite piece by another artist which you would like to share. The work could either be moving image, or a sequence of still images accompanied by a soundtrack.

Putney Group January Update

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The sun is actually shining whilst I write this – wow, what a pleasant change (well it was when I first started writing).

Thank you to everyone who came along in January, an excellent turn out.

We started the meeting this month with a clip from the BBC’s Countryfile programme, which featured the amazing artist Andy Goldsworthy (if you don’t know him he literally moulds the natural world into the most incredible structures – just take a look at these). As well as an artist he is also a photographer – what an inspiration he is.

This month’s theme was on Christmas Decorations, which despite being a touch uninspired didn’t stop members stepping up to the lens with some excellent work. Thank you to all you participated. The theme chosen for February is ‘Vanishing Points’.

One of our founding members, Justin Welch, is currently on an assignment in South Wales and sadly cannot make our meetings, so it was fun to catch up with him at the meeting via the internet. We were richly entertained by pictures from his recent trip to the Far East. For those who missed it, you can look at his gallery on his website.

A quick mention for one of our new members, Nick Gale, and his suggestion we might like to take a look at the website – pixoto.

As a reminder, in brief – my suggestion for this year’s exhibition was that we enter the Wandsworth Arts Festival Fringe event in May, with an exhibition entitled ‘A Day in the Life of Putney’, which we would then exhibit at The Exchange in Putney (the excellent spot outside Waitrose). It was my idea that we allot a third of our space to the main theme and then give us all a little space to promote something of our own. I would also like to engage with a couple of local schools and see about mentoring a couple of art students and have them engage with what we are doing.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 19th February and I look forward to catching up with you all then.

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