Crossing Lines Group December meetup

One of the great things about collaborations is that you get to meet a load of people for whom you’d never normally cross the street to say ‘Hello’.

This month The Crossing Lines Group acted as hosts for a collection of Brighton photographers who had taken it upon themselves to create an On-the-sands photographic exhibition.

Most of us might remember Brighton beach as nothing but stones. Not so.

We also might remember it for a smug bi-annual photographic event.

The bunch who turned up for the Crossing Lines evening were seriously absent of smugness. They also attracted a bundle of street-crossers who engaged with ‘Hello’ & some on-the-rocky-sands exhibitionism.

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Gill Golding (new LIP chairperson) and Allan Grainger (itinerant psycho-geographer) had set up Urban Photographers Brighton (a subversive photography guerrilla unit) but they weren’t the driving force for this On-the-beach event. This was the work of our Brighton guests: Colin Miller, Colleen Slater, Audrey Marshall, Steve Boyle, David Wilsdon  and Leon Bellis and their theme was ‘A year in the life of Brighton seafront’.

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Our discussions during the evening centered upon a matter that the Brighton gang share with members of The Elephant’s Journey: placing work in the space that had acted as the original source of, & inspiration for, the work. We also considered the logistics of this type of exhibition & its location beside the promenade. We acknowledged the respect that was paid to the open exhibition during its ‘residence’ & the spontaneous ad hoc events that it conjured up.

Crossing Lines continues to encourage this cross-fertilisation of ideas. Open all hours.

John Levett

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