Crossing Lines February meetup

John Levett kicked off the session with some reflections on photography and ageing. John is in his seventy-third year & bits are beginning to fall off. The choice of subject was appropriate as John had just been reacquainted with his camera which he thought he had lost somewhere near the LIP AGM a couple of weeks ago but had been left at The Greenwich Gallery a few days later! “Whooppee” shouted John, who then banged on about Liverpool, new towns, walking & talking, memory loss, making images into Christmas presents and the imperative of walking and reconstructing; when he can remember to do that.

This was a first at Crossing Lines for Janette Scott who presented recent work based within Deptford. Janette writes: “I created Deptford Creek as the final major project for the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication in 2015. The work explores the changing landscape, community and objects of Creekside and environs in three discrete but connected series.” Janette’s work offered a neat counterpoint to the recent presentation by Kathryn Alkins at the last Greenwich LIP meeting. Both offered fine interpretations of freshly-seen Deptford; both gave dramatic contrasts and imperatives.

Terry Edwards, Deptford Creek, 2015

Gareth Davies

Gareth promised to present some early experiments in compressing time-lapse videos of buildings under construction into a single overall image. Nothing simple for Gareth but a whole load of reorientation for those of us who come to time-lapse with our own preconceptions. Gareth has been working on time-lapse for some time (!) now and the trajectory of his learning is becoming apparent. The work presented by Gareth was both stunning & challenging; challenging particularly with regard to reorienting oneself. Gareth will be keeping us in the spin as triumph approaches; accompanied by appropriate metaphors.

Report by John Levett

The next Crossing Lines meeting will be at Goldsmith College, Room 302, Stuart Hall Building on Wednesday 1st. March at 6pm.

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