Central London Group November Meeting

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.

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Chrisp Street Market, 19th July 2013 by Peter Luck

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Still from the video Sound and Mondrian by Sue Czapska

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Joburg Through a Car Window by Rashida Mangera

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Nancy from the series Ta Moko – Modern Maoiri Warriors by Heloise Bergman

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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.

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