Satellite Group Updates

Crossing Lines Group Summer break

A brief note for information only that there will be no further Crossing Lines Group meetings until Wednesday September 7th.

John Levett [Convenor]

Greenwich LIP Group Summer Break

A brief note for information only that there will be no further Greenwich LIP Group meetings until Wednesday September 21st.

John Levett [Convenor]

Greenwich LIP Group June meeting

A varied, strong session. We began with Anthony Mallett showing B & W prints of images taken in and around Canary Wharf over the last ten years: broad scenes, detail, some with an element picked out in colour. People appeared rarely and were then treated in monumental manner, their shapes not dissimilar to the architecture. Discussion included the question of whether we can see in B & W. I think yes, but we were divided.

Anthony Mallet

Anthony Mallet

Allan Grainger followed, introducing the thoughts behind a new project ‘Selling the City’ with three central themes: the way art is co-opted by capital to sell a place, the use of space after it has been developed and how spectacle is used to continually manipulate a place for capital. Just three constructed images from around the O2 served to spark discussion of how to give as near objective as possible a handle on the place and these issues. This included some thought on how the image format contributes to this, seeing constructed images with an aspect ratio of approximately 1:3.3

Allan has provided the following crucial info re the aspect ratio:

The issue is with the specific reference to the 1:3 aspect ratio. The picture that is shown on the LIP website has a different aspect ratio than 1:3 and although I talked about the way this 1:3 aspect ratio affects the reading of the image – creating a claustrophobic feeling by compressing the picture format and consequently establishing a counterbalance to the picture’s panoramic perspective that attempts to set-up an uneasiness in the viewer – the point about aspect ratio or format is that it is part of the language of photography that helps to inform the content.

I think the picture I submitted works best on the webpage. I was just a little concerned that there might have been some confusion as this is clearly does not have an aspect ratio that is 1:3.


Allan Grainger

Sarah Hickson showed photos taken while with the Calais Sessions, a band of musicians working in the Calais migrant camp, finding musicians among the migrants, playing with them and recording on site. Her photos covered the camp site conditions (which we have seen from other photographers) as well as the musicians playing both outdoors and in the studio, showing an aspect which we have not seen elsewhere. Conditions for photography were difficult but the images were compelling. Further Calais sessions are planned and a related project among refugees here, too.

Stefan Lubomirski is along-standing member of the Greenwich Group and we have had the privilege of viewing the changing trajectories of his photographic practice. Stefan is a professional photographer but he has never been one to settle upon a signature style and stick to it until death. He is also not one to cold-shoulder a challenge. The night-club was a challenge. The fun comes over too.


Report by Peter Luck. Additional material by John Levett


Crossing Lines June meeting

The June edition of The Crossing Lines Group was a rambling affair.

The ramble was related to two coastal/estuary towns: Brighton and Bristol.

John Levett had taken [made] a recent detour of Bristol. It was a two-day affair and followed the course of John  Levett’s usual response to urban walking: start and don’t stop for eight hours and photograph in between. The two-hundred and fifty-odd images were projected. The collection represented its sources well and the composition of the city was finely illustrated. The problem for John Levett was that the ‘experience of photography’ was no more enlightening for JL than numerous previous detours of British cities. There is a been-here-before feel to the trajectory of walking a city. This photographer knows what he will get because he knows the ‘triggers’ that send him in one direction rather than another. The ‘type’ of image that forms the Bristol collection is represented throughout his archive.

z.Brighton copy

The link with Brighton was instructive. Gill Golding recently created a detour of her home city of Brighton. The first revelation was that Brighton had been designated a city at the time of the last Jubilee bash. This had passed by some of us. Nevertheless, the royal processional began at the station and was downhill all the way from there. Gill’s knowledge of Brighton is phenomenal and her backgrounds to the street histories made great sense of the topography. JL acknowledged to himself that there were significant parallels in both Bristol and Brighton and an opportunity to avoid the routine — a barber’s shop-front photo would suffice for the day. The revelation of Gill’s detour was it’s opening-up of the industrial history of Brighton; new to us all.

Rosanna Goodchild made a welcome return to Crossing Lines with recent work from her engagement with the street dwellers of Bristol. These were not portraits in the traditional sense but rather indicative images. Her work illustrated the street spaces that were used by the displaced citizens of Bristol. Rosanna had photographed the spaces of Bristol that were used by those dislodged from traditional living quarters and who had sought ‘safe’ places within the urban centre. Rosanna had followed-up these spaces and had recorded how the spaces evolved into spaces of ‘comfort’. ‘Comfort’ might not seem to be appropriate in this context but the images illustrated a sense of familiarity and semi-temporary-permanence: a strange use of words there but Rosanna’s follow-up work suggested a ‘caring’ of the space had been on-going.

Crossing Lines is taking a Summer break this year. The next meeting will be in September; details to follow.

John Levett

Central London Group May Meeting

Our May meeting had as its theme “tourist in town / stranger in town”; it was interesting that few of us cast ourselves as the tourists! Brendan identified himself as “a stranger at home” in Athens, which he has been visiting for over 15 years; Danilo photographed tourists doing the sights in famous tourist attractions; Dorota made colourful close-ups of people’s outfits in Camden Lock; Geoff photographed the crowds there from above. The “towns” ranged from Athens at orthodox Easter to the beach at LA and from a blurb book on Berlin to Camden Lock. The Thames, Venice, Paris and Copenhagen also made an appearance. One interesting common subject that emerged was the way tourists are focused on looking: our cameras then look at people looking at the reason why they have come, or, as in Camden Lock, people using accessories to attract attention in the crowds.

Anna Lerner

Ariadne van de Ven

From the book Lost by Chris Burrows

Danilo Leonardi

Geoff Titley

Kate Greaves

Ray Rapkerg

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 15th June 2016 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
The theme will be The Bigger Picture (interpret as you wish – either literally wide-angle/panorama/cityscape or a broader overall view of the world). Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print form.
Advance notice for July: Music/Rhythm