Central London Group August Meeting
The theme for our August meeting was current projects and work in progress. Some members took the opportunity to show work planned for our upcoming exhibition at the end of the year, getting some valuable feedback at the same time. Other work in progress involved documenting social housing in Kings Cross, textures and shapes in Brutalist architecture, photos taken at the Latitude Festival, experimenting with colour juxtapositions, and a planned book of photos from an Instagram feed. Here are just a few examples of the work on view…..
Maiden Lane Estate by Vivienne Lewis
Songhoy Blues by Jim Paterson
From the series Drive By by Ingrid Newton
From the series Chasing Memories by Hady Bayoumi
From the series Concrete Poetry by Edith Templeton
Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th September 2015 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
The theme of the meeting is Video or a sequence of images. Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick.
Advance notice for October meeting: One Photo – members each show one photo only to be discussed in depth.
Greenwich LIP Group August meetup
Five presentations this time.
Carol Kenna showed images from the last twenty years, mostly with people, some in which colour naturally becomes near monochrome, but Berlin focused the discussion on the interpretation of historical spaces that do not show their history without caption or commentary.
Quentin Ball showed prints from his very recent adventure into digital capture, delighting in the possibilities of manipulation – especially into non-naturalistic colour and extreme saturation.
James Cashmore was also exploring – the landscape of south-western Ireland – particularly (perhaps inevitably) capturing weather conditions in a dramatic topography.
Jennifer Roberts showed recent images revisiting her sites for the London Villages Project alongside the original LVP shots. Discussion focused on how we re-orientate the way we look when our previous habits seem to be letting us down. Happily, the images gave no such impression.
Lastly Sarah Hickson brought back from Kerala images of the rarely seen Theyyam ritual, in which tranced young men, elaborately costumed, take on the personalities of deities, capturing the movement, fire and danger of the night-time performance.
Central London Group July Meeting
Despite the tube strike a fair number of people managed to make it to our last meeting, where the theme of play and experimentation produced a diverse selection of approaches. These ranged from using unfamiliar media in a playful way – iPhone instead of 35mm film camera, experimenting with different aspect ratios and cropping, assembling a video from a sequence of shots, moving the camera to create painterly effects, triple exposures, long exposures, manipulation with editing software and at the other end of the spectrum, combining modern digital capture with the traditional process of salt printing. A most interesting and stimulating evening which illustrated well that sometimes, it pays to think outside the box and push yourself out of your comfort zone!
From the series Using My Camera as a Paintbrush by Sue Czapska
From the series of salt prints In Praise of Older Men by Ingrid Newton
From the video Fire Girl by Barry Cole
Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 12th August 2015 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
The meeting will be an opportunity to discuss current projects and work and also to bring along any photography related books you may wish to show, either your own or other people’s. Please bring along any work you wish to share, maximum 10 images as time is sometimes limited depending on numbers of people wishing to show. Prints or digital images on a memory stick please.
Advance notice for September meeting: video
Greenwich LIP Group July Meetup
A well attended meeting and varied presentations. John Levett noted the (surprising) lack of change in scenes he had shot in Deptford in 2007, and invited us to think of the archive.
Stefan Lubomir de Vaux showed commissioned sport publicity photos, pondering the ways of working with a rapidly moving subject – and keeping out of the way of the video crew sharing the gig.
© Stefan Lubomirski de Vaux 2015
Under the title ‘ A Future for Photography’ Barry Cole reviewed a show of photographic and mixed media work by GCSE students.
Shanne Ong had returned from a brief visit to Cambodia with photos that moved from orthodox photos of Angkor Wat to more investigative images of Phnom Penh, instigating a debate on poverty tourism and the responsibilities of the photographer.
Report by Peter Luck
New: North Finchley Satellite Group
I have set up a first exploratory meeting on 27th July for the newly formed North Finchley Satellite Group. I welcome any interested members contacting me at email@example.com or 07932 101897 for details of the venue with a view to coming along to this inaugural meeting.
Michael J Duke