Satellite Group Updates

Central London March Meeting

The subject for the March meeting was “margin” and there was a good turnout of members with everyone interpreting the theme in a slightly different way. This made for a lively and stimulating evening.
Amongst the images shown, margins were literal, such as the edge of a chair, topographical as in the shore line and geographical with images from trips to Greenland and Antarctica. We also saw images of people living and working near a polluted river in East Africa and nearer home images of overlooked objects normally in the margin of our view.
Edith Templeton

Simon Butcher

Krystina Stimakovits

Edith Templeton

Janet Nabney

Frances McAllister

Joel Medina

Steve Jones

Anna Lerner

Barry Cole

Jim Paterson

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 4th April at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The theme will be Decay. Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.

Putney Group February Meeting

We began this month’s meeting with an idea fostered by Tammy and Andrew, namely, to help bolster members learning/progress it was thought that by ‘buddying’ up with another member, with similar interests, and on a monthly basis sharing photography/experiences and even trips would help. Andrew has been doing this with Tammy for some months now and has really seen his Macro work blossom. This is not a dictat, so down to member’s to engage only if they want to but Andrew was happy to facilitate this by gathering peoples interests etc. and letting everyone have a spreadsheet outlining members likes and dislikes, so that likeminded soles could get together if they so wished.
From my perspective, I enjoy Landscape, Architecture, Nature and outdoor Macro photography. If all those interested in joining in would like to let me have their interests, I’ll compile a sheet and let have everyone have a copy. It would then be down to you to take it further.
We then looked at some things I had discovered online over the past month – Winners from Kew – our congratulations to both Tammy and Juliette for being winners in this year International Garden Photography of the Year Competition, particular Tammy, who came second in the Kew category and even made it into their book! Happy Birthday today Tammy and have a great evening.
We then moved onto this month’s theme, Sport, which surprised many by being of a very high standard. No disrespect meant but this could have been a tough assignment. From my point of view, special mentions this month go to Paul (loved this shot on so many levels) and in particular Martin for his stunning river image, which had real energy about it!
Our next meeting will be on March 20th, so please put that in your diaries when our theme will be your take on  ‘A scene from a book’ (any scene, any book – Fifty Shades anyone!?). (Andrew Wilson)

Martin Conway

Paul Rawkins

Putney Group January Meeting

We began this month’s meeting with a little diversion – one of our oldest members in more ways than one, Leonard Caudrey, celebrates his 90th year this month (the day before our meeting) and I felt it appropriate to mark the occasion with some cake and a toast – well done Leonard and may you have many more. Leonard has been taking pictures for as long as he can remember and delights us every month by drawing on his vast catalogue from across the world to present pictures for our themes.
We then moved onto some pictures from across the web followed by this month’s theme – one of our members, Matt, challenged us all to come up with 5 of our very best pictures taken since we last met, with the view that sometimes it’s too easy to delve into our archives when submitting pictures for our themes. The gauntlet was presented and a pretty good response I must say – my pick would probably be Bergina’s and we were not alone in thinking this a great shot, the BBC thought so too including it in their street photo weekly round-up – well done Bergina! I was also not alone in thinking that James shot taken along the river was a bit special.
Well done everyone and it was agreed that for next month our theme would be ‘sport’. Our meeting next month will be on Tuesday 20th February. (Andrew Wilson)

Bergina Leka

James Kirkland

Central London Group February Meeting

The theme announced for this session was ‘home’ and most of the ten people showing work kept to it. The exception, with which we started, was an investigation of a curious new building in Geneva with triangular cut-outs that disturbed one’s sense of form and manipulated light in unexpected ways, all well caught in the photos. On the theme, contributions fell into two camps, those concerned with the idea in a general way, and those staying within their own four walls.

Within the walls there were studies of light, reflection and shadow pattern (just how expressive a single fork can be) and of the textures, multiple layers of material, of script revealed when a house is given a total refurbishment. Outside, the generalists looked at social aspects, how a single extended family has stayed in the same houses in one close area of Birmingham for over sixty years; how the notion of home extends to the locality, with landscape studies of a local park (and early steps in b&w film photography); studies of places as seen by the returning emigré and by a world traveller; village and urban scenes from Ethiopia; and the ‘permanent home’ of a cemetery; and lastly how the idea of time and context can be contained in a single brilliantly coloured banner. Slightly fewer of us than usual but a very good evening.
Peter Luck

Steve Jones

Geoff Titley

Jim Paterson

Anna Lerner

Alec Wyllie

Barry Cole

Teresa Levitt

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 7th March at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The theme will be Margin. Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.

Crouch End Group February 2018 Meeting

Amanda Eatwell organised a print swap.