Satellite Group Updates

Putney Group Meeting Update – May 2017

We started the meeting by congratulating Tammy on her cover story and feature all about photographing flowers in this month’s Outdoor Photography magazine. It’s a brilliant piece and not only highlights just how good a photographer she is but also how good a writer she is.

We then proceeded to roll through a mixture of pictures and videos I had researched online:

Some clever street food photography via the BBC – they regularly run themes that anyone can join in and it’s well worth checking out.

This month’s Travel Show from the BBC news channel contained an inspiring piece on one man’s delight in photographing the Lake District (from 16.30 minutes into the show).

The Magnum photographic agency started life 70 years ago this month.

James and myself visited the Lens Show, where I met a Canon Ambassador, Simeon Quarrie, who has a YouTube channel where he regularly posts interesting stuff – here he talks about choosing the right lens.

We then moved onto this month’s theme of ‘floral’ and as an accompanying piece to Tammy’s feature, here someone working with WEX Photographic underlines many of the things that Tammy advises to do.

This month’s theme turned out to be much more than I expected, with some really inspirational picture taking – again, Juliette stood out for her blossom shot but my vote this month goes to Mira for her truly inspired picture, where she went out to try and emulate a Van Gogh master and for my money nailing it (to help I have combined the two for you all to gauge for yourself). I would also like to mention Leonard, whose picture displayed much originality. Well done everyone – great fun I hope.


Mira Joshi


Bill Christie


Andrew Wilson


Graham Land


James Kirkland


John Kelly


Juliette Wiles


Martin Conway


Monireh Jassat


Sarah Moore


Tim Poole


Julian Newton


Leonard Caudrey

Before closing, we agreed that next month’s theme would be ‘transport’ and let’s hope that some of this month’s picture taking inspires us to think outside the box?

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 20th June at 7.30pm.

Greenwich LIP Group May meeting

Back to the traditional four presentations, starting with Angela Schooley’s investigations of woodlands and commons in south-east London. The selection favoured winter when the architecture of trees is more visible. Discussion went to two questions: one, the recording of the changing nature of places with the seasons, the other to the possible need for innovation in landscape photography – from close understanding of the place or from an imposed scheme?


John Levett’s new project favoured the latter. On the face of it the images are a landscape presentation of Cambridge airport (cargo, mostly) and the nearby settlement of Cherry Hinton. Under the surface, thoughts of how the idea of England is formed, represented, manipulated, how a present folklore is brought into acceptance, how aspects of personal history have brought him to this project.

 

Chris Burke followed with studies of two celebrated structures, long known to him. The Midland Hotel, streamlined Deco-Modernist and recently restored stands on the seafront at Morecambe. The photos sought to contextualise it with the remains of the railway station that had brought pre-war holiday-makers to the now-reduced resort and with other attempts to revitalise the town. The Ribblehead Viaduct which carries the Settle to Carlisle railway is a monument to C19 engineering and also the place where at least a hundred construction workers died. The shanty town which was built to house them has disappeared. The photos, taken in mist and rain, emphasised the extreme exposure of the site as much as the heroic aspect of the structure itself.

Here’s what Chris had to say about his images:

Most people, most of the time, shop in supermarkets, which are largely homogeneous and uniform and crowded and full of homogeneous products; there’s something inhuman and stifling about them – a global phenomena.  Here this market is spacious, not overcrowded and more on a human scale.  There’s something un-clinical about what’s in this image – there’s a uniqueness about it – this is the covered market of Morecambe and could not be easily confused with another market.  I like the flags – why are they there?; the single figure, walking in a relaxed manner; the look of the building – not trying to be anything but what it is : the downtown cheaper alternative to the national, ubiquitous supermarket.  In fact, an entire project could be devoted to this place.
The image is also an interesting composition, your eye being led down the passageway, into the distance.  I like the geometry of the composition, reminding me of the work of the Dutch painter, Pietr Mondrian.

Barry Cole closed with a report on a visit to the war graves of Flanders. Fields of gravestones, renovated or recreated trenches on both sides of the first world war lines brought the question of national folklore and the public memorial, implicit in the previous two presentations into the open. But the question of how one communicates something beyond the material presence of the memorial remains.

Report by Peter Luck

Ealing Satellite Group Meeting, May 2017

Iranian deserts, London streets, waterways and protest marches…

For those of you wondering what we get up to at our monthly meetings we’ll be adding some blog posts following meetings to give you a flavour.

It’s proving to be an exciting year for the group with three group exhibitions lined up – at the Dominion in Southall in June on London Waterways; as part of BEAT in September at St Mary’s in Ealing; and in Artisan coffee shop in Oct-Dec. On top of that Chris Moxey is taking part in Thirteen in May-June (see below). So we caught up on those. More details will follow.

Then a key part of meetings is always looking at photos and giving feedback and encouragement. This month…

Dorota shared photos from her recent visit to Iran:

Sean who is relatively new to the group showed a selection of his black and white street photography in the West End over a 20 year period (which is stunning). And then some of his more recent work venturing into the same streets but with a mobile phone camera rather than film. His practice is to shoot and not look at photos as he goes which keeps the mystery alive. It was great having this juxtaposition:

Brig has been protest marching and showed photos from those – this one is from Unite for Europe demonstration:

Chris showed some of her work that she will be exhibiting in the Dominion exhibition:

Central London Group April Meeting

At our April meeting members showed work on their current projects. As usual at these meetings the work displayed the variety of our interests and approaches and gave us lots of exciting work.
The session moved from the hidden world of West Africa in the 1970s shown in part of an extensive archive, to Camden market where we saw characterful environmental portraits and to Westminster for some unexpected views of the Abbey. This journey was made via a book on the streets of London where we were encouraged to see red and a series of pictures of beaches as a backdrop for human interaction and non-interaction. Not forgetting a trip to Cockfosters in the company of a (female) Salvador Dali!
We looked at the art of looking with a series of images from the Frieze Masters exhibition of people looking – and usually not looking – at the pictures. We considered the notion of self-portraiture in images of people in China using selfie sticks to more considered portraits in reflective surfaces which hid as much as revealed the self.
We were immersed in the natural world of trees and then moved to ponder colour, and texture in semi abstract pictures of that most urban thing a skip. We were also invited to consider the sculptural qualities of an image. Finally we had the fascinating experience of seeing an antique violin being repaired.


Ray Rapkerg


Anna Lerner


Steve Jones


Simon Butcher

Edith Templeton


Sue Czapska


Angelika Berndt


Christopher Burrows

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th May at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The theme will be Mirror – a subject which lends itself to a variety of interpretations. Be as inventive as you like! Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.
Advance notice for June: Coast

The Crossing Lines Group May meeting

The May edition of The Crossing Lines Group began early this month in order to incorporate a brief review of the previous Friday’s seminar at Goldsmiths “Engaging in Urban-Image Making”. This seminar had been created by Gill Golding (Chair of LIP) & LIP member Anita Strasser (The Centre for Urban & Community Research). The discussion largely revolved around the organisation & presentation of the all-day seminar. The discussion was largely missed by your correspondent who was otherwise engaged in getting the IT department to unclog the IT system.

Earlier this year an on-going dialogue was opened regarding how we organise ourselves in Crossing Lines. One theme from all collaborators was to have fewer but more extended personal presentations. John Levett had allowed this decision to pass above him and a highly concentrated programme emerged in which each contribution could easily have occupied a whole session. Better allocation of time required next month.

Anyway …

Claire Reddleman opened the proceedings with HM Prison Reading; closed in 2013 & now flourishing as an exhibition site. Claire was more interested in the graffiti than the exhibition objects. Note was made of the ‘iconic’ status of Reading jail which led John Levett to ramble on other icons of incarceration and ways to spend ‘time’. Graffiti led to Cy Twombly, which leads to classical myth & goes towards cultural memory. What is the photographic equivalent of graffiti?

Jennifer Roberts followed on. Jennifer has been spending the last two or three years experimenting with different papers, textures, mountings, representations, modes of printing: generally, getting away from the mainstream. Getting into photographic graffiti? She has succeeded. This is good as Jennifer was getting onto the assembly line of ‘comfort photography’: “It’s worked for the last twenty years and it’s going to last the next twenty”. Jennifer is going on the Goldsmiths Photography Summer School this year. Will she hold firm & stick to radical improv. Coltrane or back to Victor Silvester? A nation holds its breath.

 

Mo Greig was next up with her work on border control. Mo writes: “Since the summer of 2015 Europe’s free passport borders have effectively been closed by the erection of “border control” razor wire fences, costing millions of euros.  These new barriers are being erected in response to the flow of thousands of refugees fleeing war or persecution, mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.”

“The razor wire fences, border patrols, and additional security have become a lucrative industry.  Hungary was the first country to erect razor wire fences within the Schengen zone.  Prisoners in Hungarian jails make the razor wire that is used along Hungary’s borders with its neighbours. It also exports razor wire to other European countries that are securing their borders in this same fashion, Hungary recently passed a law making any damage of the fences illegal and punishable by deportation.”

“At the core of this work is the symbolism of what does the border represent?”

Mo is outstanding in this area of photographic recording. It’s a mode of activism and it’s interrogatory; its archival and reportage; it’s critical and it throws the criticism back on the viewer.

Mo is also an incredibly fast worker but the content doesn’t suffer. This work is worth searching out.

Maria Oldland was the last of the evening’s presentations. The work presented was on Hungary and (to quote) “its steadfast rise in nationalism”. Maria also references “.. the visual clues one gets through various perambulations”. This is a fine collection of work and demands close attention. Maria concentrated on a detailed historical-narrative aspect of the subject. We now need to pay close attention to the fine collection of complementary images that Maria has assembled. The content & subject have widespread manifestations: both historical & contemporary. Matters of nationalism & its outlets are front & central in a Europe where the term ‘post-war’ might be evolving into another representation of itself. More from Maria soon.

A full programme; not enough time; enthusiasm intact. Onward!