Satellite Group Updates

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}

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