Central London Group February Meeting

In our last meeting we looked at photographs with the theme of Chiaroscuro. Chiaroscuro was traditionally an oil painting technique, developed during the Renaissance, that uses strong tonal contrasts between light and dark to model three-dimensional forms, often to dramatic effect. Some of our interpretations of the term were subject to a bit of ‘poetic licence’ but nevertheless there were many fine images featuring strong use of light and shade, high contrast and even evidence of psychological chiaroscuro! Special mention must go to Simon Butcher’s fine series of portraits of people seated in front of windows looking out on to bucolic views – taking the tropes of Renaissance portraiture and giving them a modern twist. These were a particularly good example of the use of chiaroscuro in photography. Ray Rapkerg’s psychologically charged portraits were also highly innovative and stimulated a lively debate. Here are some examples of what we saw on the night:

Ray Rapkerg

Simon Butcher

Anna Lerner

Steve Jones

Sue Czapska

Edith Templeton

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 22nd March at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The theme will be Stasis/Movement – either or both, compare and contrast if you like. Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.
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