Satellite Group Updates

Central London Group June Meeting

The theme for the June meeting was “triumph and disaster” with a mix of the upbeat, the whimsical and the more serious.
Alex showed a number of botanical disasters including a hedge blighted by the box caterpillar and some dying trees in Epping Forest. This showed that not all disasters are man-made. However, Kathryn’s pictures of glaciers showed how a possible future man made climate disaster can be foretold in changes in glaciers.
Frankie and Anna both showed pictures of people celebrating national triumph in last year’s World Cup in pubs around London. Frankie balanced her selection with some more sombre and reflective portraits.
Simon focused on a domestic disaster – breaking a bowl – to produce some fascinating abstracts. Heather and Steve showed a range of images covering both triumph and disaster – from a flower gamely clinging to a crack in a wall to flowers left at the scene of an accident. Edith presented images of flowers and plants blooming in a graveyard as a symbol of life triumphing over death.
At the end of the meeting there was a short discussion about a trip in August with Margate being a popular choice. There will be further chance to discuss next month.

Frankie McAllister

Edith Templeton

Alec Wylie

Anna Lerner

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 10th July 2019 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
The theme will be Mundane. Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.

LIP Film and Darkroom Group June 2019 Meeting

6th meeting held 
6.30 – 8.30pm 3 June 2019

This month we welcomed two new members to the group.

Firstly, Tony Marlow, who introduced us to the concept of the United Postal Photographic Club, in which he is a regular participant. Tony favours the single print rather than series, and works mostly in landscapes. Spin offs from viewing the prints he had brought along included a discussion on selenium toning, Ademco dry mount presses and the appearance of pin holes in the emulsion of HP5+ negatives when using certain developers.

Regular contributor Sam Tanner then showed us further large (20” x 16”) prints from his ongoing street based explorations.

Ted Kinsey updated us on the results of his research into finding a darkroom to use for the proposed group printing sessions, and there was further discussion on the annual exhibition seminar.

Colleen Harvey-Rowe had generously brought along a light box and, following on from last month’s meeting, we were able to look at members’ negatives and suggest simple ways of achieving the kind of density that helps ensure straightforward printing. This in turn developed (pun intended) into further discussion on the use of highly dilute developers with reduced agitation as a means to controlling highlight development, and also the use of 2-bath print development.

Steve Jones offered lots of information on the availability and use of infra-red film and also mentioned that he has a digital infra-red camera.

Cinnamon Heathcote-Drury then showed us digital prints from her recent commission to photograph Norman Ackroyd. This gave us an interesting comparison to the otherwise exclusively analogue material we had been looking at.

We look forward to our second new member, Suzanne Sullivan, showing us some of her work at the next meeting, which is on Wednesday 3rd July at 6.30pm. Anyone interested in coming along is asked to contact Ted Kinsey at Roberto Arendse

LIP Putney June 2019 Meeting

Andrew Rapley

Max Findley

Monireh Jassat

Nick Gardner

Sue White

Good to see so many of you last night and I personally felt that the new venue worked really well. I was a little afraid that we might lose an element of the ‘homely’ feel that my house engendered but I didn’t feel that was the case – could be the number that we had (really excellent turnout by the way) together with the alcohol, always helps! Anyway, I’d love to hear what you thought, so do please drop me a line and let me know, good or bad? We ran over, which I was a little afraid of, so next time I shall cut down on my intro, as to drop members images from 5 to 3 would only happen I think as a last resort. The big screen was a real bonus, even if you did discover just how old I really am! Sadly, no Josie, so I will ensure that she appears each time if only in pixels…
I started off the meeting with some of the photographs etc. that had attracted my attention over the last month. We then moved onto our theme, which was Statues and Monuments and thanks to Paul for the idea, as it turned out to be a really good one. So many stand outs, I can’t possibly mention everyone but if pushed, Andrew’s Kew shot, Max’s Hare, Monireh’s Mosque and Nick’s Korean Memorial. I also enjoyed Sue’s hands, extraordinary. Well done everyone – brilliant. 
Finally, our theme for next time will be ‘links’ – take a place, image, item, animal vegetable or mineral (you get the idea) and produce a further 4 images using your first one as the starting point – so for instance, a statue of Nelson Mandela might lead you to the South African Embassy in Trafalgar Square, but where next? I think it could be really fun so, until next month – all the best, Andrew Wilson.

LIP Photo and Text Group May 2019 Meeting

Dan Bacchman

Mal Woolford

Brendan Delaney

Sabes Sugunasabesan

LIP Photo and Text Satellite Group. First Meeting held on 7pm Thursday 30 May 2019 at the Art Workers’ Guild, WC1

Convenor: Sabes Sugunasabesan Notes: Mal Woolford

Sabes opened the meeting with a welcome and introductions among the 14 people present. We agreed Sabes’ proposal that
“the purpose of the group is to look at, share, and discuss texts that accompany and enhance photographs – and vice versa.

‘Accompany’ can be taken to mean many things: words that appear within the frame, along with photographs with equal weight as the photograph, captions and well considered artist statements.”

The room hire at the Art Workers’ Guild includes projector and refreshments for £80 from 7-9pm.
We agreed to this arrangement, to contribute £8 per person [£4 for students] each meeting as required. We agreed to meet monthly depending on the room’s availability and to avoid conflict with other LIP meetings as far as possible.

We shared five presentations:

1. Dan Bachmann, Japan: People, Places and Moments
Dan presented personal mini-story exploring Miyama in Japan, published as a blog on MacFilos here.

2. Mal Woolford, Common Name [working title]
Mal showed the early stages of his current which explores a personal connection to slavery in the British Caribbean, introducing text to undercut images of residential streets and stars through London light pollution.

3. Edith Templeton
Edith showed images of her great grandmother’s handwriting exercises juxtaposed with archival family photographs to explore a life cut short.

4. Brendan Delaney
Brendan laid out sequenced prints from his long-term project of observational photography in New York City and read a series of complementary haiku.

5. Sabes Sugunasabesan, An Ode to Sri Lanka
Sabes presented his handmade book combining garden photographs with an emotionally direct narrative describing the Sri Lankan Civil War experienced from a distance.

The next meeting will be on 24th June at 8pm at the same place: Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, London WC1 3AT.

LIP Greenwich May 2019 Meeting

Sarah Hickson

Peter Luck

Alan Larson

Angelika Bernt

Barry Cole started the evening off with a set of photos of the fantastic multi-coloured garden structures made by an almost-neighbour in Catford.
We then moved on to a presentation and discussion of Sarah Hickson’s photos taken as a contribution to a literary festival in Kolkata. The festival had taken as a theme ‘Writing Places’ and Sarah’s photos were as a response to her first-time experience of Kolkata as a place. Four local photographers had also been invited to contribute work to a possible book. This is now in production. Sarah showed both the selection made by the book’s editors and her own slightly variant selection and the discussion ranged over matters of selection, colour vs B&W (most images were best presented as B&W) and the speed at which rapport with people photographed can be established in Kolkata.
Peter Luck followed with a set of urban topographic photos, not saying which was the city viewed. It was, in fact, Venice but this didn’t become obvious until several images in to the sequence. Some discussion followed on whether cliché had been avoided and how one might go about avoiding it and whether such an exercise would benefit from being linked to a text.
Next was Alan Larsen who had photographed the Semana Santa procession in the small Spanish town of Alhaurin el Grande but rather than concentrate solely on the (slightly weird) spectacle he had also recorded those watching and the utterly deserted streets away from the processional route.
Dmitri Stepanko showed a new selection of his Japanese material and Angelika Berndt closed proceedings with photos of a place in Ethiopia where poor people are living in a mausoleum, young men are training for the priesthood in the hope that it will be a route out of poverty, and where the Orthodox church gives out food after Sunday mass. Peter Luck