Central London Group March Meeting

Our theme for the month was the different ways of Combining Photographs. There was a diverse selection of images on show – from diptychs to sequences and series, double exposures, collages and video; It was interesting to see how the pairing of photographs could sometimes set up conversations with each other, becoming more than the sum of their parts, expanding the evocative and emotional possibilities of the imagery.

A collage of images of the same subject in different sizes and formats served to show the subject from different viewpoints. Ariadne van de Ven’s pair of portraits of a young girl taken within a few seconds of each other show the subject in two very different moods, giving the lie to the idea that you can capture a person’s essence or character in one single portrait. Chris Tribble also showed portraits, pairing a selection from his recent series of residents in his block of flats, undertaken for the London Villages Project. From a collage of photographs of the torn edges of advertising hoardings, Edith Templeton made a work of art in its own right. We were also shown a sequence of photographs by Peter Luck (uncharacteristically in colour!) of disparate images strung together as possible film locations, from which a narrative could be constructed. Chris Burrow’s book Dead Brolly Syndrome showed the effect of repeating a motif throughout, where these abandoned inanimate objects eventually attain a kind of tragic personality of their own! Sue Czapska’s video of an open book of Giotto’s paintings filmed against the background of children in a play area, combined sound, still and moving imagery in an imaginative way.

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Girl in Green Dress by Ariadne Van de Ven

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Collage by Edith Templeton

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Pairs by Chris Tribble

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From the video Pages of a Book by Sue Czapska

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Peter Luck

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 10th April 2013 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The theme of the meeting will be on the concept of Time in whichever way you wish to portray it – an abstract notion which can easily be made visible by the camera. This could include the passage of time – either over seconds, hours, days or years; the seasons and weather; movement; memories; combinations of photographs, single images,or video. The only limit is your imagination! Please bring along any work you wish to show, either your own or another photographer’s, in digital, print or book form. Digital files on a memory stick please.

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