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© Peter Luck

© Peter Luck

© Anthony Palmer

© Anthony Palmer

© Anthony Palmer

The two presenters were the ‘home team,’ Peter Luck and Anthony Palmer.

A little time at the end of the meeting was given to encouraging members to show work, even in the most initial stages, and to restate the intention to allow greater variation in the format of meetings.

The first presentation was from Peter luck, revisiting gas holders, a favoured subject since the failed campaign to secure the preservation of the great Greenwich No1 holder. Opening with two shots of the Greenwich holder, its emptied interior and the beginning of the pulling down of the frame, the set continued into the outer London holders at Dartford, already under demolition, now gone, Belvedere and on the road to Bexleyheath, rather untypically surrounded by woodland. Having not had close access to the holders, the set dealt with the place of the holders in the local scene. The images may find a home in local archives.

Anthony Palmer had very recently returned from a short stay in Malaysia and showed a brief study of the old Kuala Lumpur railway station which is in a style sometimes called Neo-Saracenic, a mish mash of classical and Indian elements, a quite agreeable one. The architect Arthur Hubback, a military man, may have been pressured to work in this style. Perhaps it was an effort to find an Asian colonial vernacular, but applicable irrespective of true local vernaculars. The photos showed clearly the presence of the station in the city and its somewhat deteriorated condition, used only for the few inter-city services.