Greenwich LIP Group February meetup
Four presentations as usual.
Tony Othen, chairing in the absence of John Levett, began with a consideration of the work of Lord Snowdon based around two books of London photos from the beginning and end of his career, and a survey of his portraits. This led into a presentation of portraits by Greenwich member Martin Jordan and an extended discussion on the practice of portraiture with a reminiscence of working with Snowdon and thoughts on how to set subjects at their ease from Stefan Lubomirski de Vaux.
Chris Burke opened his presentation with an impassioned declamation from Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis, introducing a series of photos from the interior of Reading Gaol. Chris had taken advantage of the recent ArtAngel project in the gaol to photograph the repressive architecture and some of the installations which dealt directly with Wilde’s time there. Despite C20 improvements to the prison, the sense of an architecture dedicated to the destruction of character came over strongly.
Meirion Harries followed with a representative set of his work: impressive, varied material frequently inflected by a metallic surface character.
Stefan Lubomirski de Vaux ended the evening with a sample of his street photography from the last few years. Almost all included figures but few brought them into the foreground, more a case of an urban landscape given point by the people passing through it. As often, Stefan’s images had high colour and took advantage of strong low angle sunlight. The rare softly lit B&W image was also much appreciated.
Other images to follow
Report by Peter Luck
Central London Group January Meeting
Our first meeting of the year had as its theme Horizon – an apt metaphor for looking ahead! There was naturally a preponderance of landscapes and seascapes, although some people interpreted it less literally. The horizon can be urban or rural, immense, empty, broken up with buildings or trees, hidden by mist, flat or mountainous – the variety seems infinite. Here are a few examples of the evening’s viewing:
Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 22nd February at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The theme will be Chiaroscuro – that technique developed by Renaissance artists for depicting dramatic light and shade. A theme made for photographers! Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.
Advance notice for March: Stasis/Movement
Crossing Lines February meetup
John Levett kicked off the session with some reflections on photography and ageing. John is in his seventy-third year & bits are beginning to fall off. The choice of subject was appropriate as John had just been reacquainted with his camera which he thought he had lost somewhere near the LIP AGM a couple of weeks ago but had been left at The Greenwich Gallery a few days later! “Whooppee” shouted John, who then banged on about Liverpool, new towns, walking & talking, memory loss, making images into Christmas presents and the imperative of walking and reconstructing; when he can remember to do that.
This was a first at Crossing Lines for Janette Scott who presented recent work based within Deptford. Janette writes: “I created Deptford Creek as the final major project for the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication in 2015. The work explores the changing landscape, community and objects of Creekside and environs in three discrete but connected series.” Janette’s work offered a neat counterpoint to the recent presentation by Kathryn Alkins at the last Greenwich LIP meeting. Both offered fine interpretations of freshly-seen Deptford; both gave dramatic contrasts and imperatives.
Terry Edwards, Deptford Creek, 2015
Gareth promised to present some early experiments in compressing time-lapse videos of buildings under construction into a single overall image. Nothing simple for Gareth but a whole load of reorientation for those of us who come to time-lapse with our own preconceptions. Gareth has been working on time-lapse for some time (!) now and the trajectory of his learning is becoming apparent. The work presented by Gareth was both stunning & challenging; challenging particularly with regard to reorienting oneself. Gareth will be keeping us in the spin as triumph approaches; accompanied by appropriate metaphors.
Report by John Levett
The next Crossing Lines meeting will be at Goldsmith College, Room 302, Stuart Hall Building on Wednesday 1st. March at 6pm.
Putney January 2017 Meeting Update
Our theme this month was night shots and thank you to everyone who brought along pictures for us to review; as usual there was a wide variety of material on offer with my favourite possibly being Juliette’s skaters and I also liked Julian’s steamy café scene. See below for a selection of images from the night.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 21st February and our theme will be a little different this month, suggested by Bill. Everyone has a picture they love or a photographer they admire and look to for inspiration. So can everyone please bring along a digitised version of their favourite along with a short commentary about why they love it.
Finally – huge congratulations to Tammy for picking up a winner’s medal in this year’s International Garden Photographer of the Year. As we all know, she is working extremely hard to make a name for herself in this very competitive field and well done to her!
Thanks again everyone and I look forward to seeing you all next month – cheers, Andrew
Tammy’s International Garden Photographer of the Year medal photo
Greenwich LIP Group January 2017 meeting
Four presentations as usual.
John Levett kicked things off with a meditation on how to talk about photos, taking recent photos of his own as reference but ranging wider in his argument. Along the way this touched on the matter of how terminology relates to purpose: the ‘snap’ may not aspire to art but it may still carry a wholly purposive revelation. When presenting work to others is it good enough to simply say “Here’s some photos, what do you think?” John’s answer, which most in the room would agree with, was “no”.
Kathryn Alkins showed a set of photos taken as she explored and learned about the area around Deptford Creek – an area new to her. The photos were notable for high colour and vivid abstractions while preserving a sense of the history and changes going on apace.
Peter Luck ran rapidly through a long series of images forming the latest part of his Long Walk Across London. There was a general feeling, which he welcomed, that projection was not the best medium for the presentation of these images; that, with the intention to present a spatial cross-section of London, a frieze-like on-the-wall presentation, allowing the viewer to make cross-references and comparisons, would be more appropriate – however ambitious that might prove to be.
Barry Cole went back into his archive showing photos from 1997 of the teaching in the school at which he was then head. A primary school with 65 different languages spoken. The photos showed the high degree of concentrated attention of both staff and children. Our discussion was as much on the changes in education and its context as on the photos which served exceptionally well to provoke such a discussion.
Report by: Peter Luck