Central London Group July Meeting
Last month’s theme of Accidental prompted the usual varied response from our members. There were examples of happy accidents – of composition, exposure, and focus as well as unexpected elements within the frame. There were also examples of more deliberate accidents (possibly an oxymoron!) such as shooting blind and moving the camera, where the result is not under the control of the photographer. It was generally agreed that we are not always aware of everything in the frame until we look at the result afterwards and that often the unforeseen element, like the ‘punctum’ described in Roland Barthes’ book Camera Lucida, is what makes the photograph work on a deeper level.
First Day with SLR by Sue Czapska
Sadness by Maria Oldland
Waiting Women by David Reed
Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 13th August 2014 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
To coincide with the summer holidays the theme for the evening will be Journey. This could be a physical journey – from your daily commute to a round-the world trip, and everything inbetween. Alternatively it could be a metaphorical journey such as life as a journey or different stages of your life. Feel free to interpret as creatively as you wish! Please bring along any work you would like to share. Prints or digital images on a memory stick please – maximum of 10 images.
We are also giving notice of our September meeting where we will be presenting an Anonymous Slideshow of members’ work, followed by a discussion and critique. We staged a similar slideshow some years ago and it proved to be very popular – the ability to give constructive criticism without knowing the identity of the photographer can result in a more honest appraisal! If you would like to take part in the slideshow please send two images of your choice (obviously not ones you have shown before) to Ingrid Newton firstname.lastname@example.org. There are no special requirements regarding filenames. Please resize your images to the following dimensions:
1280 pixels on the longest side
Deadline for submissions is Monday 1st September.
Putney Group – July Update
Good to see everyone, especially Leonard, who believe it or not only came out of hospital the day before – now that’s what I call commitment.
The meeting started with a catch-up on our ideas for our exhibition next year. This was followed by a new idea – the reviewing of a photographic book using pages from the book displayed on screen to illustrate points in the text. Charlie Waite is a famous photographer, known to many in the group, and his book ‘The Making of Landscape Photographs’ although old, has much to offer us. In fact, he has a major exhibition on right now, James tells us, at The National Theatre -it’s free and runs until the 16th August. The general consensus was that this was a useful session and if anyone else would like to come forward and present something similar in future please let me know.
We then went on to review everyone’s theme pictures – this month ‘Natural Phenomena’ – and again some tremendous work on show. I would particularly like to mention Dee’s contribution here – it was her first meeting for which a big welcome and her pictures from her recent travels truly spectacular – thanks Dee.
Fire Cloud by Julian Newton
Sun Eclipse by Leonard Caudrey
Charity Road Trip by Dee King
Our theme for next time is ‘Character’. We will not be meeting in August, but I look forward to seeing everyone in September – meeting date Wednesday 18th. email@example.com
Central London Group June Meeting
We decided to make this meeting open, without a theme, which proved very successful.
There were excellent sets of images on diverse subjects including: feet, legs and their shadows, Manhattan buildings, the sculptural forms of objects abandoned on the street, Canadian porches, and time.
A discussion developed on the role of the ‘accidental’ in photography, a topic we will be returning to in our next meeting.
A video was also shown, leading to a debate on film versus video styles of editing.
Thinking and Not Thinking by Sue Czapska
Rainham A13, afternoon 6th June 2014 by Peter Luck
From Dumbo NYC by Brendan Delaney
Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th July 2014 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
The theme for the evening will be The Accidental. Some of the best photographs are often the result of a happy accident – whether out of focus, overexposed or an unplanned composition. Or perhaps on closer inspection some previously overlooked detail is unintentionally revealed, making the image work on a different level. Alternative or experimental ways of working may also introduce elements of chance where the outcome is not subject to the photographer’s control. Please bring along any work you would like to share. Prints or digital images on a memory stick please – maximum of 10 images.
Putney Group – June Update
Thanks again to everyone for a brilliant exhibition event and a particular mention to James for coming up with the fabulous idea of the frames – picture above.
For our exhibition next year I would like to see us try and go one step further and combine our picture taking with another art form – music. In brief: the idea is for us to choose a piece of music to interpret photographically, to run an exhibition of our pictures during the Barnes Music Festival, with handsets for people to listen to the music as they peruse our pictures, and for us to launch the event with a live performance. In order to help build an audience, it has been suggested that we pick a reasonably popular piece but one that can still be handled by a quartet/quintet. More to come on this.
This month’s theme was Double Exposure – some fabulous creativity was presented by all. The theme chosen for July is ‘Natural Phenomena’.
July’s meeting will be on the 9th.
Central London Group May Meeting
Here are just a few examples of the work shown during our architecture-themed meeting last month. Peter Luck gave a brief, informative talk with examples of different types of architectural photography, demonstrating how often the portrayal of buildings are manipulated and idealised by the architectural press to promote a particular, glamorous lifestyle rather than referencing how they are used, how they age, how they fit in with existing architecture. A very interesting evening indeed…..
Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 11th June 2014 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. We will be having an open meeting this time so please bring along any work you would like to share – new work particularly welcome. Prints or digital images on a memory stick please – maximum of 10 images.