Central London Group March Meeting

The topic for our March meeting was Family, something close to everyone’s heart. Whether looking inwards to our own families or casting our gaze out into the wider world at other people’s, there was a wide range of interpretations. There were quite a few unposed images taken of people in family groups in the public domain, whether on the streets of London, on the beach or as in the case of Jim’s fine set of slide scans from the 1980s – different generations of a family in SE Asia. Simon shared a series of portraits of his son taken over a number of years at different ages and in a variety of guises. It was fascinating to witness the gradual changes in his development from the age of 17 into his early thirties. Some chose to show pictures from their family albums – Frankie showed a beautiful image of her mother at three different stages of her life and Ingrid’s long term project Bloodlines featured family album photographs collaged together to highlight family likeness. Perhaps the most striking contribution was from Edith whose great grandmother kept a handwritten list of her ambitions and preferences in a notebook when she was a young girl. These were shown together with a selection of images of various family members over the years to render a most individual family portrait. The variety of approaches to depicting family shows what a rich and fascinating subject it is. Here are a few examples from the evening’s slideshow:

Simon Butcher

Kathryn Alkins

Jim Paterson

Edith Templeton

Frankie McAllister

Ingrid Newton

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 10th April 2019 at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
The theme will be Suburbia. Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.

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