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The two presenters this month had both been working on the view from the road, Anthony Palmer in urban areas of Malaysia and David Killeen in the west of Ireland, Iceland and the Isle of Man.

David showed three short sets of photos: Sunday to Sunday in Ireland, Iceland and the Isle of Man. All were views from the car and taken with the camera fixed and operated by a long foot-operated cable release. It was possible for one man to safely drive and take photos at the same time.

The camera was being used to map the landscape perhaps following on from Ed Ruscha’s Sunset Strip or his 26 Gas Stations though it was pointed out that there was also a similarity to Hamish Fulton’s documented walks outside of the urban. The use of the windscreen as frame brought the mages close to the panoramic.

Eastfjords, Route 1, Iceland © David Killeen

Sunday to Sunday, Island Series, Ireland © David Killeen

Sunday to Sunday, Island Series, Ireland © David Killeen

These were images from journeys undertaken for reasons other than the photos and Anthony, as passenger, shot a series as a critique of the road infrastructure in a culture where it seems everybody drives. The series began in the central districts and moved out from the claustrophobic assembly of traffic jams and major structures into the calmer suburbs where it was possible to pay more attention to people – to move closer to what is normally understood as street photography.

© Anthony Palmer

© Anthony Palmer

© Anthony Palmer

The next Crossing Lines meeting will be on Wednesday 1st May. The main contributor will be Orly Zailer whose recent work relates to AI. Further details to come; there may be a second contributor or we may take the opportunity for a discussion on issues raised by Orly’s project.