Last month’s meeting was a further opportunity for our members to showcase their long-term projects. Peter Luck showed his work from the recent Crossing Lines project A Loose Traverse, where 26 different photographers traversed a map of London, partly retracing eachother’s footsteps before branching out on a new route. Peter started the walk at Canary Wharf and his photographs show his progress through the East End, taking in Tower Hamlets Cemetery and various landmark housing estates such as the Balfron Project and the Robin Hood estate on the way. Sue Czapska has been experimenting with video and showed two current examples – Wind and Sound and Mondrian – where reality is slowed right down and the ambient sounds contribute to an atmosphere of stilled time. Rashida Mangera shared her photographs from a project she has started work on during a recent visit back to Johannesburg where she grew up. Struck by the changes that have taken place since she lived there, she decided for safety’s sake to take her photographs through the car windscreen and her work documents a different reality from the one she was used to.
Brendan Delaney’s night photographs of London are the result of a workshop he undertook with the photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg, – an evening walk turned into a project. Shooting in colour instead of his normal black and white, the work documents the physicality of the city at the ‘changeover’ time where some people are finishing work and others are going out for the evening. Heloise Bergman talked about her project dealing with modern Maoris in New Zealand. The popularity of their traditional tattoos or Ta Moko has been revived in and Heloise gave a very interesting talk on the methods she used involving 8 months of research and 2 months on the road, making appointments as she travelled and setting up her mobile studio wherever she was able. This was a fine example of a long-term project involving much dedication and perseverance! Duschka Scott showed her project Tears – photographs of waves crashing on a beach accompanied by spoken lines of poetry. She described her photographs as a mesmeric encounter with nature which served as a metaphor for the human condition.
Chrisp Street Market, 19th July 2013 by Peter Luck
Still from the video Sound and Mondrian by Sue Czapska
Joburg Through a Car Window by Rashida Mangera
Nancy from the series Ta Moko – Modern Maoiri Warriors by Heloise Bergman
Night Workers from the series City of London at Night by Brendan Delaney
Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 11th December 2013 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. We will be having an open session this month so please come along for some festive cheer and bring recent work to show, maximum of 10 images. Prints or digital images on a memory stick please.
Ruislip November Update
Our October meeting took the form of a visit to the LIP Annual Exhibition (of course!) which instigated, as usual, a lively debate. We then went on for an early lunch followed by an excursion to the National Portrait Gallery to see the work of Harry Goodwin. All stimulating stuff!
Here’s some recent work by Ruislip Group members:
John H Rhodes
Central London Group October Meeting
For our last meeting members were invited to submit projects under way or nearing completion. A longer presentation time of 15 minutes each enabled us to have more in-depth discussions about the work shown. Members presenting work were Teresa Levitt, Andy Parsons, Jeannette Thompson, Barry Cole and Robert Royston.
Teresa showed work in the early stages of development – focusing on the textured facades and doorways in the Via Veneto in Rome. Jeannette’s project on life in the East End of London, already well under way, had an autobiographical nature as she was born and brought up in the area. Andy Preston showed work from his Union Street project which is being undertaken over an extended period of time, the aim being to document the passing of time and its effect on the street. This could develop into a three year project. Barry’s project about London cranes has developed gradually over the years. As he has gradually added images to it, he has found the nature of the project changing. Robert’s project emerged from his pictures of artefacts and decoration taken whilst on holiday. He then manipulates and decontextualises the images, changing them into ‘dreamspaces’.
Being able to discuss your work at greater length was generally felt to be of benefit, a fresh pair of eyes and an alternative viewpoint often revealing a previously unrecognised side to the project in question.
Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 13th November 2013 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. As last month’s session was oversubscribed, we will be repeating the format with another six 15-minute slots for presenting considered projects under way, nearing completion or in early days, and calling for serious discussion. To book a slot email Hugh Look firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief (25 word) indication of the nature of the project. Prints or digital images on a memory stick please.
Ruislip September and October Meetings
September’s meeting revolved around both the importance of presentation and using less conventional media to ‘take’ photographs.
We debated whether or not we invest too much of our time either taking photographs or sitting in front of a PC adding layers, adjusting curves, dodging and burning and too little time in thinking about presentation. Currently, at least two of our members are investing time in frame-making to try to further ‘develop’ the character of their images. We’ve got one experienced frame-maker in our midst (Duncan Unsworth) and one, well, ‘newbie’ (Robert Davies). You can see both their work (pictures and frames that is) at the LIP Annual Exhibition.
We have a strong emerging flatbed scanner section too – using a scanner to take photographs with some interesting and rewarding results!
October’s meeting is going to take the form of a visit to the LIP Annual Exhibition on Sunday 27th October. After the exhibition we are planning either another exhibition visit or a short photographic excursion followed by the usual refreshments at a suitable pub. All LIP members are welcome, so if you’d like to join us, please contact Robert (see the satellite groups contact page).
Central London Group September Meeting
Our last monthly meeting’s theme was Space and as usual there were many different interpretations of the concept: strange objects in unexpected places in an ‘Outer Space’ project, the different ways in which public space is used in London and Calcutta, the sense of personal space in public places, the interaction between people in a space, space as a kind of theatrical stage, space viewed through screens, the scales of different types of space, illusions of space distorted by glass and shadows, the different perspective of the world viewed from the negative space underneath furniture, confined or enclosed space, space extending over great distances, the idea of space being activated by the human figure. Here are just a few of the images shown.
Bus Stairs by Janet Nabney
St Mary’s Bay, Hoo Peninsula, 22/7/13 by Peter Luck
Belgrade Airport by Krystina Stimakovits
From the series Outer Space by Andy Preston
Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th October at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. There will be no theme to the meeting. Instead there will be six 15-minute slots for presenting considered projects under way, nearing completion or in early days, and calling for serious discussion. To book a slot email email@example.com with a brief (25 word) indication of the nature of the project. If more than six are brought to the meeting, we will run another similar to consider those held over. Prints or digital images on a memory stick please.
We will also devote some time to discussing the shape of our future programme of meetings.