Satellite Group Updates

LIP Putney and Barnes – March 2020

© Nigel Attenborough.

Sadly no meeting this month but some of you kindly sent me their pictures on our theme of ‘G’ – some nice stuff on show, my stand outs would probably be Susan’s Green rabbit, Paul’s Ground Floor (nice one) and Nigel’s Green Socks.

You can view the gallery here.

Stay safe and I’ll be in touch soon with some news on Zoom and if anyone has an idea for next month’s theme please let me know. Andrew Wilson

Central London Group February Meeting

“Hidden” gave rise to a vast number of interpretations: some objects and sights were deliberately concealed while others were simply obscured from view.
Man-made objects such as walls, hoardings and chain-linked fences prevent inquisitive eyes from looking at the structures behind: expensive mansions and the Eiffel Tower, or derelict buildings and neglected spaces [Steve, Alec, Krystina]. Complex reflections confuse the viewer [Nusse] while frosted or rain-splashed glass give a hint of what is behind [Frankie, Krystina]. Windows and doors with distressed shutters, blinds or net curtains give the occupant privacy [Frankie, Alec, Krystina]. Marathon runners dressed as anything from chickens to Spiderman can hide their pain and the effort of running [Hady]. Even an orange, man-made fog at Tate Modern [Austin] or condensation from vaping [Nusse] can completely obscure people from view.
Nature also hides, whether it is overgrown vegetation in cemeteries covering the gravestones [Austin] or simply the snow melting to reveal flowers and grass previously hidden [Anna, Jan]. Crevices in rocks hide “the landscape within” – smooth, shiny, colourful pebbles [Edey]. In Iceland half a village is hidden under layers of red and black volcanic ash [Jan]. People hide their faces: a homeless man hides his vulnerability with his hands [Robin], and a young nephew’s face is hidden behind a mass of blond hair although his character still shines through [Anna].
More conceptually, some things are hidden in plain sight, such as the Mona Lisa hidden by the crowds that have come to see it [Steve]. White, shadowy, abstract photographs “about which nothing can be said because the meaning is hidden” challenge our perceptions [Simon]. Composite photographs of buildings are partly hidden when sections are replaced by traced drawings [Janet]. Red asphalt, eroded in places, tantalisingly fails to reveal the layers beneath which remain hidden by grass and debris [Geoff].
Jim Paterson

Steve Jones

Robin Barr

Frankie McAllister

Austin Guest

Alec Wyllie

Janet Nabney

Hady Bayoumi

Krystina Stimakovits

Simon Zebu

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 11th March 2020 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
The theme for the meeting will be Framing (of the subject in the picture). Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.

LIP Putney and Barnes February 2020 Meeting

© Bill Christie

© Matthew Taylor

Good to see everyone and an excellent turn out despite the weather.
I started the evening by sharing some amazing architectural photos from the latest awards – Art of Building Photographer of the Year 2019. 
We then moved onto our theme of the month, which was ‘moody’ and from a wide variety of selections my stand outs would probably be Bill’s ‘man walking’ and Matt’s ‘Tube reflection’. I am glad to say that our policy change to 3 pictures only has worked well I think and it doesn’t seem to have dented people’s enthusiasm, so thanks for that.
 Our final item this month was from Paul, who showed us a selection of wonderful pictures he had taken at the recent ‘light show’ at Canary Wharf and we were all so impressed that we made a note to see about organising a group trip here next year – thanks Paul. If you would like to present something you have done recently or would are looking forward to in the coming months then please let me know – so far I have Juliette down for April.
 Courtesy of Juliette, our theme next month will be the letter ‘G’ – our meeting in March is on 17th, which according to my iPhone is St Patrick’s Day, so ‘G’ could be for Green maybe? Down to you. Thanks again to everyone and see you next month. Andrew Wilson

Crossing Lines February 2020 Meeting

© Anita Strasser

© Hamish Stewart

© Hamish Stewart

This was a small gathering but a very interesting one. Anita Strasser opened with an account of her Deptford is Changing project, begun as a doctoral study and developing into two years of intense work involving the people of Deptford, interviewing, photographing (and enabling them to photograph) and running workshops of various kinds to encourage expressions of view on the very sensitive matters of gentrification and other forces impinging on a deeply traditional society. It is evident that local government does not understand the damage done and some of Anita’s work has been in documenting and contributing to the very active protests which have taken place. Photography as record and social tactic. All is presented in a substantial book which she has published with some institutional funding enabling copies to be given to people who had taken part in the project.

Hamish Stewart followed with a project which has morphed a little over several years. London from the top of a bus sounds like a cliché but these photos proved it doesn’t have to be. The downward angle onto a scene seems to locate the photographer neither as a participant nor wholly distanced. There is still a degree of intimacy with events seen. We also considered alternative strategies of presentation: sequencing images as they appear on the route or mixing them according to other principles. Hamish had chosen the latter course, springing a few surprises as actual locations were revealed at the end of his presentation. Book?

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 4 March, room 255 Goldsmiths main building at 6.30.
Line-up mostly unknown as yet but will include Carol Kenna on making, involving local people, and recently repairing a substantial community art work – and photo-recording all.
Peter Luck

Central London Group January Meeting

The topic for this evening’s meeting was “Own Projects”. Some members concentrated on possible images for the upcoming LIP Central exhibition, with Krystina offering advice and encouragement. Some common approaches emerged such as the use of multiple images and camera movement: Frankie’s selection of portraits for her book “Two Way Mirror”, Jan with his images of statues in cemetries, Robin with his photographs of distressed walls and pill boxes on the coast near Bridlington and Davide using double exposure to reflect our “other side” or alter ego. Buildings also featured strongly with Nusse’s striking images taken along the Thames showing the jumble of architectural styles, Jen’s images of festive street lights Bologna, Alec’s night time images of Edinburgh and Heather’s “thinking of home” series taken in Hoxton. In a more complentative mood, Edey drew on the Japanese concept of the transience of nature for her study of grasses, and Jim similarly chose to use images reflect on the transience of life.
Jim Paterson

Edith Templeton

Jim Paterson

Christopher Burrows

Alec Wyllie

Frances McAllister

Janet Nabney

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
The theme for the meeting will be Hidden. Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.