Satellite Group Updates

LIP Greenwich February 2019 meeting

Barry Cole

Teresa Levitt

Kathryn Alkins

Teresa Levitt showed a new selection of her GoPro photos of people on tube trains now gathered into a short selection of diptychs each featuring one person in both images, an answer to questions of selection raised a month ago.
Dmitri Stepanenko had been walking through SE Asian cities, producing colourful, crowded images of street life
In contrast Judy Harrington had produced landscapes from a winter voyage up the coast of Norway, many almost monochrome, some taken by moonlight, all capturing a strong atmosphere.
Alan Larson showed a set of just five prints which successfully gave both atmosphere and process of quarrying and cutting slabs of marble at a quarry in Sicily.
In a brief intermission, we discussed street photography – mostly the ethics of ‘in-yer-face’ work, prompted by a book Norman Smith had brought in, and the work of Don McCullin prompted by Tony Mallet showing the catalogue from the current Tate exhibition (essential viewing).
Kathryn Alkins showed further development of her technique of deliberate camera shake applied to coastal and estuary landscapes. Movements are now fitted to particular subjects and the results increasingly painterly.
Barry Cole closed with two sets of photos recording the effects of changing light colour: one from the long illuminated tunnel at Kings Cross tube and the other from a fashion exhibition at Somerset House. Peter Luck

LIP Putney February 2019 meeting

Susan White

Tim Poole

Alastair Clarke Wilson

Andrew Rapley

John Kelly

Bill Christie

Nigel Attenborough

Andrew Wilson

I started this month’s meeting with a discussion over space at my home, as we are getting to the point where I can’t fit everyone in. We are currently reviewing two options, with the imperative that we try and avoid any cost (other than buying the odd drink) – the current choice is The Prince of Wales in Putney (not great for either Katie or Leonard as on the 1st Floor) and the Coach & Horses in Barnes, which is a bigger room and on the ground floor. I have been t both and I am awaiting a response from the Coach & Horses and will report once I hear back from them. Obviously one would favour Putney people and the other Barnes, which is not great but let’s see what happens.
I presented my usual round up of items from the internet .
We then moved onto this month’s theme, which was ‘forgotten things’ – from a great variety on show, my personal favourites were Nigel’s car from the desert and James old pictures that he had forgotten about. The theme next month, as voted on, is ‘Queue or Queue’s’.
 Our next meeting will be on 19th March and will be held here but hopefully a decision can be reached then on what we do in the future. I have persuaded Nigel to come along and show us some of his favourite pictures from his recent trip to Namibia, so it should be fun.
 Enjoy the rest of the fine weather, it all comes to end Thursday I understand – all the best AW

LIP Film and Darkroom Group February 2019 meeting

Sam Tanner

Jo Stapleton

Don Holtum

Steve Jones

We were straight in to the agreed meeting format this month, beginning with Sam Tanner showing and telling us about some of his work – a selection from hospitals and the care system, for which Sam was happy to acknowledge that Eugene Smith had been the starting point many years ago. He also showed us part of an ongoing series on shop window displays and briefly mentioned the simplicity of the equipment and process he mostly favours: Nikon F80 with standard 50mm lens, using HP5 developed in ID11.

Illustrating a completely different approach, Jo Stapleton was next. Although also using 35mm film with a standard lens, Jo uses close up filters to allow the viewer a glimpse into her constructed realities which she has named ‘Dolls’ House Drama’. Lith printing, chance, chemical manipulations, photograms and found antiquated negatives/objects all play a part in Jo’s work.

Don Holtum, on the other hand, despite his opening announcement that he “doesn’t do projects or series”, appears to have turned his meticulous approach to measuring and recording the printing process into a project in itself. Don showed us many examples of the same negative printed on a variety of papers, each carefully annotated. He also likes to employ left over stocks of papers that are no longer made.

During a pause for tea we discussed setting up a Google group, and that is now up and running. The possibility of extending future meetings was considered, which would allow beginners’ questions to be given more time for discussion. Sam also made the point that the group welcomes people bringing work in progress or ‘problematic’ work to discuss as often this can be helpful in furthering the photographer’s progress. Looking further into the future, the possibility of a group exhibition was mentioned. The issue was raised of whether we would cover shooting on film and then scanning the negative to digital for printing. It was agreed that the group would be kept fully ‘analogue’ and not venture into hybrid processes at this time.

Ironically, the fourth and final speaker was Steve Jones whose work involves solarising the print in the darkroom and then often scanning it into the computer for further manipulation. Steve spoke about all the elements which can affect the appearance of a solarised print, many of which are unpredictable such as developer age and temperature. Nonetheless he has created several series of annotated test prints to help decipher some of the unpredictability.

The rest of the meeting was spent discussing upcoming exhibitions and Don McCullin, Diane Arbus, Paul Hart, Roman Vishniac, Dave Heath and Tom Hunter were all mentioned. There was also a brief discussion of book printing and Blissetts was recommended.

The next meeting is on Wednesday 20th March at 6.30pm. Anyone interested in coming along is asked to contact Ted Kinsey at Roberto Arendse

Central London Group January Meeting

Every now and then we abandon themes and invite members to bring work from current personal projects. Eleven did. Many were thinking of their proposals for the group exhibition in April though few were yet 100% committed to showing these particular images. The range was wide: studies of the water’s edge, architectural abstractions in B&W, urban change as evidenced in traces of manual labour, landscapes from Belfast to Ladakh, strongly coloured ‘de-compositions’, experiments with camera movements, studies of trees, a proposal for an audio-visual work based on a poem by the Arabic poet Mickael Naima. And it won’t be at all surprising if the images that accompany this report are of something else entirely.
Peter Luck

Hady Bayoumi

Anna Lerner

Frankie McAllister

Kathryn and Roy Alkins

Krystina Stimakovits

Teresa Levitt

Edith Templeton

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 13th February at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The subject will be The Seven Deadly Sins. This will be your chance to show your photographic interpretation of one or more of the deadly sins – lust, pride, greed, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth!
Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.

LIP Greenwich January 2019 meeting

Tessa Levitt

Jon Davies

Kathryn Alkins

Norman Smith

Barry Cole opened the session and umbrellas, many of them, showing seas of them and the almost private space under a brolly. Some discussion of how to limit and focus a large accumulation of material gathered over several years.

Teresa Levitt showed a selection of her GoPro photos of people on tube trains in which the sheer variety of people’s attitudes and behaviours were seen. Again a question of how to limit or categorise the very many images coming from this practice.

Kathryn Alkins continues her experiments with camera movements and strong colour, now bringing the technique to bear on urban scenes.

Jon Davies brought B&W prints of photos taken in Cuba at the time of the forced repatriation of Elián González. Almost all were street portraits taken with the approval of the subject. The printing was crisp and much admired.

Norman Smith brought a set of images taken at Robin Hood Gardens, the housing estate in Poplar, just before demolition began. His aim was less to record the nature of the building than to pull from it vigorous abstractions.

As an afterthought from the December Books meeting Carol Kenna brought a recent book of the work of Lee Miller.

The meeting closed with a brief discussion on the group exhibition, Greenwich Annuale 12 which will run at the Greenwich Gallery from June 17th to June 30th 2019.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 20th February, 7.00pm at the Greenwich Gallery, Peyton Place, Royal Hill, SE10.

No theme, just bring stuff. Peter Luck