Putney Group Update – May 2013

High Rise, Justin Welch
High Rise, Justin Welch

Hertford Rd Allotments, Andrew Wilson
Hertford Rd Allotments, Andrew Wilson

Benches, Amir Azimi
Benches, Amir Azimi

Frankfurt Station, Leonard Caudrey
Frankfurt Station, Leonard Caudrey

There were four main elements to this month’s meeting – discussion of our chosen theme ‘Parallels’, our exhibition, our next potential outing and an extra element from myself on the magic of Turner the painter and what all photographers can learn from his amazing skills. We were again kindly hosted by our very own master baker, Lesley Bruce and many thanks again Lesley.

1. Parallels Thanks to whoever came up with this idea, as it was a really good one. When you come to think of it, we are actually surrounded by ‘lines’ and so great potential for variety of thinking and this was borne out by some excellent ideas, so well done team.
2. Framing – The theme chosen for next month was an idea from Leonard
3. News on our exhibition – the feeling was that we should aim for September. As there is an open house art event in October across the whole of Wandsworth, it might be good to try and tie in with this (the first 2 weekends of October) – everyone felt this was a good idea. IMPORTANT – can everyone who is interested in being involved please let me know, as numbers are important. I suggest that we should all work over the summer preparing our work and have this ready to go at short notice from the first weekend in September.
4. Outing – We haven’t had an outing for some time and after some discussion Canterbury was put forward as our preferred choice – can everyone please let me know whether they are interested in this trip and when over the next 6 weeks they could do it (Saturday or Sunday)?
5. Turner – Based upon a programme in April on BBC2, entitled ‘The Genius of Turner: Painting the Industrial Revolution’, I felt it was worth passing on some key points raised and how they directly relate to photography, specifically in relation to colour and composition. It was a film that looked at the genius of JMW Turner in a new light. There is more to Turner than his sublime landscapes – he also painted machines, science, technology and industry. Turner’s life spanned the Industrial Revolution, which he witnessed as it unfolded and he painted it. In the process he created a whole new kind of art. The programme examined nine key Turner paintings and shows how we should re-think them in the light of the scientific and Industrial Revolution.

Meetings are now on the 3rd Wednesday of each month – please note!
Finally, our next meeting will be Wednesday 19th June.
All the best, AW

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