Satellite Group Updates

Central London Group November Meeting

Here is a selection of the many images shown in our last meeting, where the theme was Work – people all over the world in the act of creating, toiling, mending, concentrating hard on the task in hand; tools of the trade; deserted offices and redundant workplaces…

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Angelika Berndt

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Edith Templeton

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Eva Hagman

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Geoff Titley

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From the series The Artist’s Studio by Ingrid Newton

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Peter Luck

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Rashida Mangera

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Jim Paterson

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 10th December 2014 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT

Come along and join us for a glass of wine to celebrate the festive season. For a change, we will be having a Books session, so please select and scan up to 6 images from a photography book which you find particularly inspiring and which you would like to share. If you don’t have access to a scanner, then just bring the book along. Prints or digital images on a memory stick please.

Advance notice for our January meeting: in time-honoured fashion, we will be having a review of the previous year – a chance to share your best images and start thinking about the new year’s photographic projects…..

Central London Group October Meeting

A fine selection of portraits was on show at last month’s meeting – some taken in the studio, some in natural light, some environmental portraits of people going about their business. We also had still life images where an assemblage of objects conjured up a personal portrait of an unseen character. There was discussion about the nature of a portrait – does a portrait have to show the face or can a back view of a person be classed as a one? Does a portrait have to be posed or can it be a shot of someone taken in passing? What everyone agreed on was the necessity of putting the subject at ease – don’t ask them to hold a pose whilst you fuss about correct exposure or composition!

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Simon Butcher

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Ingrid Newton

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Teresa Levitt

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Jackie by Chris Burrows

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Anna Lerner

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 12th November 2014 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
The theme for the evening will be Work – as usual feel free to interpret in your own way. Prints or digital images on a memory stick please – maximum of 10 images.
Advance notice for our December meeting: we will be having a Books session, so please select and scan up to 6 images from a photography book which you find particularly inspiring and which you would like to share. If you don’t have access to a scanner, then just bring the book along.

Putney Group September Update

Our meeting got underway with a little topical help from an item featured on Channel 4 News on Tuesday 16th September from photojournalist Peter Dench on what he felt it meant to be British! With everything Scottish that week and the referendum yet to take place, this seemed the perfect place to start. Peter has quite an eye and his gallery is also a bit of an eye opener – especially the more risqué elements – check out ‘Love UK’!

We then had an update on our exhibition ideas for next year with a unanimous show of support for interpreting Holst’s piece of music chosen by Andrew Summers (Chairman of the Barnes Music Festival). The piece can be heard on you tube and is available to download from iTunes where it is listed as Holst Short Pianoforte Trio in E.

For a variety of reasons Andrew Summers felt that this was a suitable piece to choose, and I quote from his email: “The piece of music we would like to suggest is the Holst Fantasy Trio in E major. This has the local connection from Holst’s time living in Barnes and the Festival connection since it was played by the Verter Trio (with Julian Lloyd Webber in attendance) at the first Barnes Music Festival in 2013. It’s a fairly short piece in three movements (allegro moderato, adagio, andante con moto) with some evocative music which we think could generate some interesting and diverse responses from your fellow photographers. We also quite like the idea of Phantasy & Photography and the link with the freedom part of the festival theme.”

For further help, Karen suggested that for a dry run we might like to use this as our theme for October. Further updates at our next meeting.

The meeting then moved onto our theme for the month – Character – thanks everyone for taking part. Examples below include an interesting entry from Julian, his Dad:

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Julian’s Dad with Phil Shipway

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Zodiac crew come ashore, by Nick Dale

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St Lucia Character, by Andrew Wilson

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Two Characters, by James Kirkland

A tip from Nick for people who would like to go online and have some of their pictures critiqued by others – have a look at www.500px.com

Our next meetings will be Wednesday, 15th October and Wednesday 19th November at 7pm. All the best and I look forward to seeing, or ‘listening’ to your Holst-inspired pictures at our next meeting. Email Andrew Wilson for further details about the meetings.

Central London Group September Meeting

Our anonymous slideshow at the last meeting was a great success. Thirteen different photographers showed two pictures each without any identifying features. The critiques afterwards provoked much interested discussion and proved to be both helpful and insightful. We also had great fun trying to match the image with the photographer, not always successfully! Here is a selection of the images shown.

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Sue Czapska

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Simon Butcher

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Peter Luck

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Mark Brown

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Karin Pringsheim

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Geoff Titley

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Chris Burrows

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Anna Lerner

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Angelika Berndt

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 8th October 2014 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT
The theme for the evening will be Portraits – as usual feel free to interpret as broadly as you wish. This could include traditional portraiture but you don’t have to stop there. Other possible intepretations might be environmental portraits, self portraits, portraits without a human presence using objects to evoke character etc etc. Prints or digital images on a memory stick please – maximum of 10 images.

Advance notice for our November meeting: the theme will be WORK.

Central London Group August Meeting

A wide-ranging selection of interpretations of the theme of Journey were on offer during our last meeting, in photograph and book form, both printed and handmade. Starting with journeys on our doorstep right here in London – down the Holloway Road, in Soho and on a march for Gaza – we were then taken on a tour of various cities and countries of the world – Vienna, Brussels, China, Israel, Scotland, Greece, Thailand, and then along the more metaphorical journey through life with partners and friends. What we didn’t get were any cheesy holiday snaps of sunsets and beaches!

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Angelika Berndt

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March for Gaza by Sue Czapska

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Anna Lerner

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La Vie en Rose by Rashida Mangera

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Remembrance Service of WW1 by Maria Oldland

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Krystina Stimakovits

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from the book Parallel Lives by Ingrid Newton

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Edith Templeton

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 10th September 2014 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. As previously announced, we will be presenting an Anonymous Slideshow of members’ work, followed by a discussion and critique. If you would like to take part in the slideshow please send two images of your choice (obviously not ones you have shown before) to Ingrid Newton ingridanewton@gmail.com. There are no special requirements regarding filenames. Please resize your images to the following dimensions:
1280 pixels on the longest side
72 dpi
Quality 100%
Adobe RGB
Deadline for submissions has been extended to Wednesday 3rd September.

Please note advance notice of our October meeting – the topic will be Portraits.