Satellite Group Updates

Crossing Lines December 2019 meeting

We began with an attempt at illustrating the progress towards the destruction of Robin Hood Gardens, a project which has intermittently absorbed Peter Luck since taking part in related Transition Group exhibitions in 2015 and 2016. Some discussion ensued on both the vexed question of changes in tenure (social rent vs market – from the past project to the replacement) and of the use of a black and white aesthetic.

Michael Scott showed images from an on-going project, also mostly b&w, on the fate of the phone box, some barely used, others unusable and all bearing traces of passing users or commercial appropriation.

Tony Nicholls followed with a set of street observations.

Mo Greig ended the session with two projects. First she showed a rough of an intended zine on the theme of the occurrence of paedophilia in the Catholic church, drawing largely on photos of devotional artworks, and sought comments on the strength of certain images. Second, she drew attention to the problem of producing meaningful images of the Irish border where it is rarely visible and traces of the Troubles are few. If, or when, an answer to this appears it will add to Mo’s series of images made at much more evident borders in eastern Europe.

Peter Luck

LIP Greenwich December 2019 meeting

Our December meeting was a restrained party in the Greenwich Gallery crossed with an informal exhibition hanging: wine and nibbles plus each of us bringing one image and putting it on the wall, where it will stay until our next meeting on 15th January, and each of us speaking briefly about the image. It worked: a pleasant evening and the images are still there if you can get along during office hours.

The photographers contributing are: Astrid Schulz, Peter Luck, Teresa Levitt, Tony Othen, Barry Cole, Norman Smith, Alan Larsen, Carol Kenna, Angelika Berndt, Quentin Ball, Judy Harrington, and Shaun Waller.

Peter Luck

Central London Group December Meeting

Our December meeting, with the theme Abandoned, produced a fine selection of buildings – factories, an RAF station, a hospital, a football ground, the Berlin Wall, boats and piers – in various states of ruin, decay and dilapidation as well as a plethora of items lost or discarded in the street – supermarket trollies, shoes, clothing etc.
Amongst the many single images portraying decay there were some notable series documenting a single place. Edith’s series of photographs of the Box Hill Fort testify to the establishment of the London Defence Positions drawn up in 1888 to protect the capital in the event of enemy invasion. Similarly Peter’s photographs of the now abandoned and overgrown gunpowder works near Faversham, are evidence of our military past. Frankie’s photographs document the remains of an abandoned mining village in Kyrgistan – an empty swimming pool, petrol station, armchair and sun umbrella, abandoned interiors are a melancholy reminder of human presence. Jan showed scanned Kodachrome slides of a power station in Walsall taken in the 1970’s – a sad reminder of the demise of the area’s heavy industry. Similarly, Ingrid’s black and white images of the ruined engine houses and chimneys of the tin mining industry in Camborne, Cornwall are a sorry memorial to this once great and important industry. Here is a selection of the works shown….

Alec Wyllie

Ingrid Newton

Edith Templeton

Frankie McAllister

Chris Burrows

Austin Guest

Steve Jones

Jim Paterson

Anna Lerner

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 8th January 2020 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
The theme for our first meeting of the year, will be Own Projects. This is a good opportunity to show any work in progress or to discuss future projects you may have. Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.

Central London Group November Meeting

Here is a selection from last month’s meeting where the theme was Shadow….

Jim Paterson

Frankie McAllister

Steve Jones

Dorota Boisot

Janet Nabney

Austin Guest

Simon Zebu

Edith Templeton

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
The theme for this, our last meeting of the year, will be Abandoned. Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.

LIP Greenwich November 2019 meeting

Astrid Schultz

Barry Cole

Peter Luck

Carol Kenna

First Astrid Schultz gave a detailed account of her Blind Spot project which grew out of a course of meetings which explored how unacknowledged personal feelings can inhibit one’s life – and led to the discovery and conquest of those feelings. Astrid’s photos were in two sets, one re-enacting the negative feelings and the other the facial expression of losing them. A project which needed some delicacy, some empathy and some imagination – and got it.

After an interval Barry Cole showed just two portrait photos, one taken in formal session (more or less – family stuff) and one profile study of an unknown woman gazing at an artwork (unseen) at Tate modern. Some discussion of issues of consent.

Peter Luck then showed a small set of faces in the crowd, selected from marches against Brexit which he has recorded over the past year. Had the photographer’s height given him an advantage in viewing a crowd, had he used similar principles to those he adopts for urban topographic work? Regarding consent, is this a situation in which everyone present expects to be photographed and is largely oblivious / uncaring about the photographer’s actions?

Norman Smith showed a set of photos of models dressed in Victorian finery in the high Victorian Crossness Pumping Station. Bags of atmosphere.

Carol Kenna closed the session with some photos of her granddaughters and a commentary on unseen photos of her mother’s last years (but one shown here) and the art needed to take un-posed naturalistic images.

The next meeting will be on 18th December at the Greenwich Gallery and will be a pop-up exhibition / party. All to bring one image, be prepared to talk about it, and then put it on the wall where it will stay for a couple of weeks. Peter Luck