Ealing Group Meeting June 2017

At our monthly Ealing LIP meeting on Wednesday 7th June, we were set an interesting photographic challenge when our chairman Jonny Baker brought a set of ‘Oblique Strategies’ cards.

The cards (subtitled ‘Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas’) are in a deck of 7x9cm printed cards in a black box, created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt. Each card offers a challenging constraint intended to help artists break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking.

Each of us drawing a single card from the shuffled pack, a method intended for when a dilemma occurs in a working situation. In this case the card is trusted even if its appropriateness is quite unclear…

My card said “Which elements can be grouped”

Everyone will reveal the photographic outcomes in August.

If any other LIP member would like to take part, leave a comment at the bottom of this post for a card and we’ll draw one randomly and send you a photo of it and you can then bring along your response to our August meeting.

Here’s group member Mel taking note of her strategy at the meeting!

There’s a website that produces an oblique strategy randomly if you want to have a go yourself – but the idea is not to keep trying for a card you like but to work with what is given.

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