Satellite Group Updates

LIP Greenwich July 2018 Meeting

Stefan Lubomirski de Vaux

Barry Cole

Dmitri Stepanenko

Quite a lot this time, starting with the return of Stefan Lubomirski de Vaux who had found a subject from a beach on Crete: the many spectacular shapes of wind-whipped water breaking over the square end of a short breakwater. An object lesson in how to let a subject arise from leisurely attention.

Dmitri Stepanenko followed with a project shot in Japan in March of this year, blossom time and also the time of graduation ceremonies when kimonos are worn. Working out from these observations Dmitri had taken in urban landscapes, and street photography both day and night. Strong colour throughout. An impressive set and he had published most of them in a zine.

Judy Harrington made her first presentation to the group, a loose selection of photos taken around London railways, working outward from the great Victorian termini, through Victorian engineering of the viaducts to the businesses, now threatened, lodged in their arches and the graffiti decoration (and information – otters in Lewisham?). There’s a potential life-work in here.

Short presentations followed. Barry Cole showed a very varied sequence of images taken in one walk in London’s west end, starting from an exhibition at Somerset House. Tony Othen followed with a set of prints: portraits of Ted Hughes taken in 1982 and yet to be published. Hughes has rarely, if ever, been photographed smiling or horsing about – until these. We closed with browsing books from Tony’s collection: Mark Edwards’ Hard Rain and two sets of the work of Jane Bown.

Peter Luck

Central London Group July 2018 Meeting

The theme for the July meeting was Fitzrovia – that part of London between Bloomsbury and Marylebone. A diverse area famous for pubs and the Post Office Tower (yes we all still think of it as that) which has rich pickings for photographers.
Most of us walked around the area – some with greater degrees of planning and intention than others. Peter walked on a diagonal from North East to South West looking at urban space whilst Steve walked from Fitzroy Street to Percy Street to finish at the former meeting place of the Vorticists (now a Vietnamese restaurant).
Frankie caught the excitement of an England victory, Janet looked out for old buildings amongst all the new build and Alec gave us both interior and exterior shots of various buildings. Anna concentrated on what it felt like to return to the area after a period living abroad. Simon showed striking digital pinhole images of Goodge St and other near by streets and Mark showed a variety of buildings, including the Sainsbury Welcome Building, and street scenes.
We all enjoyed our various trips around the area and found completely new things as well as the ever present Tower.
Edith Templeton

Steve Jones

Janet Nabney

Peter Luck

Edith Templeton

Alec Wyllie

Simon Butcher

Frankie McAllister

In August there will be no meeting at the Art Workers’ Guild but at the last meeting it was agreed that we would have a day out on Canvey Island instead.
The day is Saturday 11th August. Rather than go around the island as a gang, we suggest each makes their own travel plan and we all meet up towards the end of the day to compare notes.
Trains depart from London Fenchurch Street station at xx.15 and xx.45 (taking about 45 minutes to Benfleet station). Slower trains (about 1 hour) depart at xx.25 and xx.55.
East Enders might find it more convenient to catch the train at Limehouse, West Ham or Barking a few minutes later (beware – no ticket office at West Ham).
From Benfleet station take bus 21 (on hour and half hour), 22 or 27 (on 15 minute intervals). For the Thames foreshore the 21 to Labworth Park. The others take a more inland route. Journey time about 15 minutes. Maps are available online.
The only pub I know on the island is at the extreme west end and badly placed for a meeting. I suggest the Labworth (modernist, circular, on the waterfront) as the meeting place. If we don’t like it we can always explore from there. Meeting time 5.30pm.
Peter Luck

Putney Satellite Group June 2018 Meeting

Tammy Marlar

John Kelley

Tim Poole

Bergina Leka

After our usual look at some interesting photos and videos from the web, we moved onto our theme of the month, which was ‘small’ – small it might have been but some mighty efforts on the photographic front from everyone. My picks this month are John for his creativity, I liked Tim’s car and Tammy’s gorillas were just delightful and a worthy recent winner for ShareMondays2018 Twitter competition, which is held every week.
 I talked about our members day, which took place last Saturday and a fine event it turned out to be – I took a table to help answer questions about self-publishing and met some nice people. Bill, Bergina, Leonard and Ann came along, which was nice to see.
 Monireh reminded everyone about our next outing, Greenwich, and we now have a date for this, which is Sunday 22nd July. There is still time to get onto this if you wish, please contact Monireh for more information.
 Finally – our theme for July is your photographic interpretation of one of your favourite album covers.
 Our meeting this month is not to be missed, as Bergina has kindly agreed to give us the benefit of some of her PowerPoint masterclass on photography. I have seen some of it and was mightily impressed and I’m sure you will be too. (Andrew Wilson).

Central London Group June 2018 Meeting

‘Still life’ may have seemed like a rather conservative choice of theme for this session but thirteen of us proved that very wrong. Sure, decaying white and red roses were sadly beautiful, prompting a voicing of Blake’s ‘Sick Rose’, and there were oranges in traditional manner but the words ‘still life’ also brought a set of very motionless people (‘he’s still – I think he’s alive’), abandoned oddments in the street, ‘as found’ arrangements in shop displays, and the ‘fossil’ trace of a leaf on the pavement. Domestic objects were multiplied and over-layered in photoshop, a tiny ‘sort-of-temporary-stent’ was shown on a plain background losing all sense of scale, close-ups of stacked dried autumn leaves and of crisps, common, almost negligible things, revealed fascination in the normally unseen spaces within the stack, two red peppers balanced one on t’other against the black curve of a chair back, oranges and black-decayed bananas viewed through a window of mouldy lemons – and more, and more.

One of the best sessions. The next is dedicated to Fitzrovia, that area north of Oxford Street, south of the Euston road, east of Portland Place, west of Tottenham Court Road. Maybe that will be more prosaic. Maybe not.
Peter Luck

Kathryn and Roy Atkins

Janet Nabney

Jim Paterson

Anna Lerner

Alec Wyllie

Krystina Stimakovits

Dorota Boisot

Chris Burrows

Simon Butcher

Frankie McAllister

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 11th July at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
The theme is a little different from normal, concentrating on a particular area of London – Fitzrovia – see above. Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.

LIP Greenwich May 2018 Meeting

Angelika Berndt

Dmitri Stepanenko

Anne-Marie Glasheen

One of the joys of meeting in the Greenwich Gallery is that we may be surrounded by an interesting exhibition. This was one of those times and the photographer Ross Andrews was on hand to give an impromptu talk on his work.

With a scientific background and being largely self-taught in photography, his practice is concerned to show the sea coast from within the sea, observing the changing colour of the water particularly on his native Kent coast where underlying chalk, sand or algae produce different colours in very close locations. At great risk, many of the photos are taken from within the breaking wave, the timing needed being so precise that perhaps a couple of dozen separate visits will be needed to get the image he wants.

Back to the group members: Angelika Berndt had photographed in Nanjing in 2015, then in Chongqing and had exhibited in China earlier this year . Her China Today project, contrasting traditional areas of the cities with the modern and also showing the continuation of rural practices in the city (eg: urban farming), is in a sense done, but are there means of keeping the material alive and relevant, short of making further visits which require backing? We didn’t really answer the question but it is one deserving of further thought.

Dmitri Stepanenko showed a selection of images, mostly from his recent book ‘Heavy Colour’. Having lived in southern Europe for some years and then here in the grey north, he had set himself the task of finding strong colour in the city. Working in a vein close to street photography, he had found it. He had also produced a set of straightforward compositions revealing something of city life.

Anne-Marie Glasheen made a welcome return with an untypically random set of urban scenes: people in the city quite fondly but quizzically observed, a sequence of images focussed on found words, evidences of the municipal. An enjoyable end to the presentations before a brief closing discussion of one or two topics. (Peter Luck}