Satellite Group Updates

Central London Group May 2018 Meeting

The theme announced for this session was Amnesia, suggested with two things in mind: communal or political amnesia and the possibility that sometimes taking the photo wipes out all other detail of an experience. In the event most of us chose instead to concentrate on personal memory loss.

For some the fading memory of forbears was very directly symbolised by fading, blurring or blanking of faces or bodies from old photos. For others the approach was more metaphorical: images of foliage combined and slightly bleached; a sequence of images of a bed of forget-me-nots receding into darkness. The confrontation with death was hinted at in gently beautiful images from the sick room, not revealing their source except for an elegant loop of tubing in just one of them. The experience of dementia was imagined and visualised in gently unrecognisable abstract shapes, white on white.

And one meditation, necessarily un-illustrated, on the loss of communal memory and the photo as interference in memory.

All this occupied the first half of the evening. The second half was given to a group de-briefing on our recent exhibition, both the organisation and details of the installation. We probably emerged more conscious of the interaction of images and mounting / framing / dimensional options and also resolved to organise early. The venue for next year’s show is now booked and members are signing up to take part.
Peter Luck

Edith Templeton

Simon Butcher

Krystina Stimakovits

Anna Lerner

Janet Nabley

Jim Patterson

Alec Wylie

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 13th June at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
The theme will be Still Life. Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.

Putney Satellite Group May 2018 Meeting

The theme this month was to illustrate a ‘Campaign’ close to your heart, so for me for instance, it was The Queen’s new Tree Canopy idea and I illustrated this with some local pictures of trees that I am fond of or have a direct reference to the Queen. As usual people went far and wide for their inspiration, with the stand outs possibly being Ann’s Free Catalonia supporter and Paul’s fabulous bit of graffiti (do take a moment to have a good look at it, as extremely clever).
 Our theme next month will be ‘Small’. (Andrew Wilson)

Andrew Wilson

Ann Ulrick

Paul Rawkins

Central London April Meeting

Last month’s theme of Decay brought forward a veritable plethora of ruined shacks, peeling paint, rusting industrial relics and withered flowers of all hues! Decay as a process was a recurring theme – whether as various stages in the life of cut flowers, rotten fruit depicted in the rich hues of an old master painting, rusting equipment in a North Wales working quarry, the eerie ruins of Chernobyl where nature is reasserting itself, spiders’ webs taking over an Argentinia cemetery or the divided face – one half young, the other older. Beauty in decay was the overwhelming effect. Here are a few examples:

Peter Luck

Simon Butcher

Edith Templeton

Chris Burrows

Janet Nabney

Frankie McAllister

Barry Cole

Kathryn Alkins

Hugh Look

Ingrid Newton

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th May at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The theme will be Amnesia.

As well as our main theme, the second half of our meeting will cover hints and tips for exhibiting based on the experience of the members who took part in our recent exhibition. We’ll also look at what worked and what didn’t at the exhibition itself, and we’d welcome views from people who visited as well as people who took part.

That means the showing part will need to be brisker than usual, so if anyone does want to show something be aware that there may be less time than usual for each person so please aim for five images rather than the usual ten, and it will be first come, first served. Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.

Putney Satellite Group April 2018 Meeting

Heather Wansborough

Julian Newton

Leonard Caudrey

© Stefan Lubomirski de Vaux 2014

I started the meeting by bringing members up to date on the coordinators meeting that was held on the 16th of this month, chaired by Peter Luck. Let us hope that some good will come from it, it was certainly a positive thing to get us all together.
 I then presented some things that I had spotted on the internet in the past month. We then moved onto our theme of the month, silhouettes, which was again a good show – particular stand outs as far as the room was concerned would be Julian and Heather, nice ideas guys and a special mention should go to Stefan for a novel way of presenting his work – he posted 20 shots up on his Facebook page and got his friends to pick the best 5, clever and they chose well. Leonard’s was a cracker too!
 Our meeting next month will be on Tuesday 15th May, where our theme will be Campaigns or Campaigning – I would like everyone to present 5 images that best describe or back-up a cause they support or truly believe in. I hope this will be good. (Andrew Wilson).

Putney Satellite Group March Meeting

I began the meeting in regular fashion by taking a look at what I’d found online this month – for topical reasons I thought some snow pictures would be very appropriate
I then featured a video blog from Mark Hemmings, who runs an international photography school online – he speaks quite well and although his themes in this video are very familiar, its good to have them underwritten from time to time.
We then moved onto this month’s theme, Scene from a Book. I wondered how people might tackle this and we were all rewarded by a vast variety of ideas. I think going by the audible gasps in the room, this month’s stand out image will have to be Paul’s, wow is the only description. Just to clarify for everyone, the birds are actually in the glass!
We then heard from our invited speaker, Charles Gervais, who entertained us brilliantly with a trawl through some of his portraiture and then finished up showing us some of his amazing time-lapse photography.
There was then just time to come up with a theme for next month – Silhouettes
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 17th April and I look forward to catching up with you all then. (Andrew Wllson).

Paul Rankin The Birds, Daphne du Maurier

Heather Wansborough Jones On Chesil Beach

Bergina Leka Ustica Night

Bill Christie Scene from a Book