Satellite Group Updates

The Crossing Lines Group August Meeting

The August edition of The Crossing Lines Group featured Mo Greig on Greasy Spoons, Rosanna Goodchild with new work related to music photography and the interplay of professional versus semi and amateur; John Levett on pre- & post-Olympic Stratford; plus a ‘discovered’ Paul Halliday manuscript on Stories of Absence and Memory.

Mo’s work is in its early stages & her approach to working within a dynamic situation is to take time & be patient. It’s a rare quality that I rarely experience personally. Mo’s got the nub of it. Her project is on-going.

Mo Greig

Rosanna is moving into new territory too. She has spent a few years now in engaging closely with the homeless and those in vulnerable accommodation & has decided to move into the arena of music performance. it’s a bold move into a highly-populated environment. We’ll keep a watch on the evolution.

Apart from Mo’s & Rosanna’s contributions the evening was a bit of a rambling affair. This is a positive approach to ideas that have yet to be formed & very much in the spirit of The Crossing Lines Group. John Levett & Claire Reddleman have been walking the East End through to Stratford.

Claire Reddleman

Claire had questioned if anyone would believe that Stratford from Three Mills to the transport interchange had hosted an Olympic Games. This sent John Levett back to his photography of the early days of the transformation & the photography’s purpose. The purpose was its value in locating bits of memory & their associations in maintaining a grip on his past. The walk: from Mill House at Three Mills in Bromley-by-Bow to Bow Basin.

John Levett

A ‘lost’ document written by Paul Halliday brought the meeting to a close. It was a further opportunity to consider ‘purposes’. Here’s one of Paul’s questions: “What capacity does the camera have to describe and at times to intervene in the world?” He goes on to say: “What I do know is that the photography concerned with impassion ate recording, with uncritical indexicality, holds no appeal to me”. It’s a document that asks us to question what we do & why we do it. It’s about the ‘before’ as well as the moment & its after-life. The Crossing Lines Group will return to the document.

The next scheduled meeting of The Crossing Lines Group will be on Wednesday 6th September.

Report by John Levett

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.

Robert Titian at work :: image by Stefan Lubomirski de Vaux

Report by Peter Luck

Putney meeting update – July 2017

Thank you all for coming and another cracker of a meeting, if you ask me. I thought the project theme was an excellent one and something we should repeat more often.

I started the meeting with a look at the winners from this year’s aerial photography competition, which included some spectacular pictures, many displaying a fabulous eye for creativity.

We then took a look at one of Simeon Quarrie’s blogs on lighting.. It’s only 4 minutes long and is well worth a look.

We then moved on to our theme of the month, a look at five of your best pictures from a project you are currently working on and what a delightful journey this turned out to be, from Juliette’s wonderful pictures of Gannets, John’s medal winning shots on a theme of ‘breathing in London’ and Tammy’s Spanish wildlife. Amongst all the pictures on show there were some real standouts, Bill’s car, Stefan’s ‘Blue London’, Julian’s personal take on Cartier-Bresson. My personal favourite was Ann’’s ‘flowing water’, which was almost like a painting, Monet anyone? Well done everyone; as I say a really good theme that we should repeat.


Juliette Wiles


Martin Conway


Bill Christie


Andrew Wilson


Stefan Lubomirski de Vaux


John Kelly


Ann Ulrick


Monireh Jassat

A special mention should go to Monireh for introducing us to some of the 22 gardens that can found within the City of London boundaries; so interesting did this turn out to be that I raised the thought that maybe this should be the focus of a group walk.

There was then just enough time to discuss this year’s exhibition, which given our success last year, I have pushed into November, so nearer Christmas, which will run 17-19 November.

There is no meeting in August and our next meeting will be Tuesday September 19th, where our theme will be ‘Travel’, most appropriate given the holiday season

All the best – AW

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.