Central London Group April Meeting

Our first formal LIP Central meeting during the Coronovirus lockdown was held online via Zoom, during the week in which our exhibition “Strange Familiars” should have taken place. The theme was “Location, Location, Location”, with alternative themes being Covid-19 and Own Projects. It was chaired by Jan Cylwik: there were a total of 24 attendees, including 3 from other satellite groups and 3 non-LIP guests.

In addressing the Location theme, some photographers presented images of places they would like to be, such as Alec’s dramatic photos of the volcanic landscape of La Gomera and Dorota’s images of the lovely Spanish seaside village Sitges which she first visited 22 years ago. Austin used a square format for his location-specific images in which he isolated particular colours. Others showed images walking distance from home, such as Anna’s London cityscapes glimpsed through trees or Jim’s more suburban take on leafy St Albans. Edey’s location was the Hogsmill River at Ewell, used by John Millais for his famous painting of Ophelia. Nusse was frustrated that current restrictions only allowed her to photograph trees and couldn’t wait to get back to the urban jungle

Jan Berthold’s image of an enormous, bright & colourful government warning illuminating a deserted Picadilly bridged more than one theme, and echoed Austin’s use of isolated colours. Ingrid’s “Love in the time of Coronavirus” combined her own iPhone images of Cornish landscapes with vintage post cards and witty text lifting the spirit, while Frankie’s white on white images of her grandmother’s handmade, cutwork table clothes displayed a calm beauty.

Edith Tempelton

Frankie McAllister

Dorota Boisot

Jim Paterson

Austin Guest

Ingrid Newton

Our next Zoom meeting will be held on Wednesday 13th May. The topic will be Fake.

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