Satellite Group Updates

Putney Group September Update 2017

It was great to see everyone this week after the summer break. I started the meeting reviewing some of what has caught my attention over the past two months since we met: Some award winning RAF pictures; Some amazingly creative environmental pictures promoted by The Guardian (always a good source for photography); the Bird Photographer of the Year award winners (amazing stuff here, also from The Guardian), and then on to our theme of the month – travel and holidays.

We then looked at our own collections on the theme ‘Travel and Holidays’. As usual, there was a diverse array of material on show. What was particularly nice was that not everyone could get abroad, so took the opportunity to point their cameras nearer to home. Thanks everyone for contributing.

Andrew Wilson

Ann Ulrick

Bill Christie

Juliette Wiles

Leonard Caudrey

Martin Conway

Mike Connors

Mira Joshi

Stefan Lubomirski de Vaux

Tim Poole

Finally – I made a point of reminding people that John kindly set up for us a Putney Flickr group and I think we should do him the honour of using it a bit more.

I also took the opportunity of again thanking Monireh for organising a fabulous outing in August, taking in the hidden gardens of the City of London – several members took the opportunity of going along, the weather was good (for a change) and all expressed how great it had been. If anyone else would like to organise something similar please don’t be shy.

Our upcoming exhibition will be in November (Friday 17th, 18, 19).

The meeting next month will be Tuesday 17th October and our theme, prompted by one of Mike’s pictures, is to use your skill with Photoshop and combine two images together (which he did so successfully with some rocks and the Milky Way, both requiring different shutter speeds and with the use of a tripod easy to do). For those without access to the software, a shot on the theme of ‘combined’ will more than cover it.

All the best, AW

Crossing Lines Group September Meeting

The main feature of the September CL meeting was a fine presentation by Chris Burke on some photos of public housing in the Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt (not to be confused with Boulogne – city port of Normandy!).  Boulogne-Billancourt is situated in a loop of the River Seine to the South West of the capital and is home to the car manufacturers Renault.

It was a comprehensive record (& tribute) to the space & its design & a significant advance in the way in which Chris both responds to an urban space & provide an extended analysis of the content.

John Levett contrived a presentation on the writing of Alan Garner & its relationship to the urban through his novel Elidor. He also suggested aspects of cinema film as a valuable source of historical description & appreciation by reference to Tony Richardson’s film A Taste of Honey.

Next Crossing Lines meeting on 4th. October. Room 302. Stuart Hall Building. Goldsmiths.

John Levett


New Satellite Group: CARSHALTON

A new satellite group of LIP is being formed in Carshalton.

It is hoped that the group will concentrate on dialogue about photography, helping and sharing with regard to prints, shows, books, zines, projects and photographic activity generally.

The first meeting will be held Thursday 21st September at 7.30pm

Venue: The Hope, 48 West Street, Carshalton, SM5 2PR

The pub is 5 minutes from Carshalton station, 25 minutes from Victoria (half-hourly service) and from Blackfriars (Thameslink – also half-hourly) Bus S3 passes, and 154 & 407 are nearby.

If you plan to attend, or are interested but can’t make it, please confirm to the convenor Kevin Newman

The Crossing Lines Group August Meeting

The August edition of The Crossing Lines Group featured Mo Greig on Greasy Spoons, Rosanna Goodchild with new work related to music photography and the interplay of professional versus semi and amateur; John Levett on pre- & post-Olympic Stratford; plus a ‘discovered’ Paul Halliday manuscript on Stories of Absence and Memory.

Mo’s work is in its early stages & her approach to working within a dynamic situation is to take time & be patient. It’s a rare quality that I rarely experience personally. Mo’s got the nub of it. Her project is on-going.

Mo Greig

Rosanna is moving into new territory too. She has spent a few years now in engaging closely with the homeless and those in vulnerable accommodation & has decided to move into the arena of music performance. it’s a bold move into a highly-populated environment. We’ll keep a watch on the evolution.

Apart from Mo’s & Rosanna’s contributions the evening was a bit of a rambling affair. This is a positive approach to ideas that have yet to be formed & very much in the spirit of The Crossing Lines Group. John Levett & Claire Reddleman have been walking the East End through to Stratford.

Claire Reddleman

Claire had questioned if anyone would believe that Stratford from Three Mills to the transport interchange had hosted an Olympic Games. This sent John Levett back to his photography of the early days of the transformation & the photography’s purpose. The purpose was its value in locating bits of memory & their associations in maintaining a grip on his past. The walk: from Mill House at Three Mills in Bromley-by-Bow to Bow Basin.

John Levett

A ‘lost’ document written by Paul Halliday brought the meeting to a close. It was a further opportunity to consider ‘purposes’. Here’s one of Paul’s questions: “What capacity does the camera have to describe and at times to intervene in the world?” He goes on to say: “What I do know is that the photography concerned with impassion ate recording, with uncritical indexicality, holds no appeal to me”. It’s a document that asks us to question what we do & why we do it. It’s about the ‘before’ as well as the moment & its after-life. The Crossing Lines Group will return to the document.

The next scheduled meeting of The Crossing Lines Group will be on Wednesday 6th September.

Report by John Levett

Greenwich LIP Group July meetup

Peter Luck opened the session with two fictions, one a riff on the dystopian film Alphaville, sequencing stills from that film with a selection from films of the same era, the other using just six of his own images to build up a mood of unspecific anxiety – this in imitation of the unrelated vignettes which might open a novel, their relation to be established in the succeeding pages. Maybe.

Peter Luck

Steven Stewart followed with a set of topographic images taken around Borough High Street, images recognisable as being from that part of London even before the known landmarks appeared. This prompted a debate on the merits of the recorded walk as a means of ‘getting at’ the urban environment and on the thoughts that might spring from a photo of, say, a Peabody Trust housing block (or an hop exchange).

Steve Stewart

Next the return of Gareth Davies with 360 degree panoramas of the extraordinary shingle beaches of the Suffolk coast, then a set of records of the passage of time made by culling images from a waterproof video camera such that the moments when it was submerged by an incoming wave appeared as rhythmically spaced blurs in a laterally extended image. (This isn’t easy to describe.) Lastly a couple of images taken at a stream using a double fish-eye camera dipped into the stream, so giving an image both above and below water level. This looks like a very fruitful line of investigation and the images impressed us all.

Gareth Davies

Lastly another return: Stefan Lubomirski de Vaux bringing a set of photos of highly skilled people at work: musicians, instrument makers, recording engineers, furniture makers, a painter, almost all in strong, deep colour. These were all made to commission, sparking a discussion of the professional photographer’s flow of commissions and the means of getting them.

Robert Titian at work :: image by Stefan Lubomirski de Vaux

Report by Peter Luck