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Featured image ©  Frankie McAllister

LIP Central Satellite Group – meeting at Old Diorama, held on 10th April 2024,

The theme for this meeting was “Streets of London”, with contributions from eleven photographers, some of which were personal projects.

© Brian Martin

Brian started the evening with an amusing set of Boxing Day family quiz questions in the form of a series of photographic cues. These ranged Brick Lane (yes a photo of a brick in a lane) to Birdcage Walk (yes a photo of a bird, a pelican, inside a cage!). (Above: Seven Dials…)

© Heather Martin

Heather was inspired by the brilliant Joel Meyerowitz exhibition at Tate for her approach as a “flâneur” – a person “who lounges or strolls around in a seemingly aimless way – a cool observer of urban society”. She presented a series mostly of black and white images, scanned from negatives, to show the incidental encounters between people. The low dynamic range meant that the figures in the foreground stood out while the diffused background fades away.

© Mark Friend

Mark Friend’s images, by contrast, were in colour, rather saturated and intense. Acknowledging the influence of Saul Leiter, many of his images exploit reflections in cafe windows, fluorescent lights and solitary figures in restaurants – some captured with unusual framing and camera angles.

© Astrid Zweynert

Astrid explored people on the streets and their ubiquitous use of the mobile phone, whether it be for entertainment, maps, as a mirror or for those essential selfies. One couple “perform” at the beautiful gardens of Versailles, taking a selfie while perfecting their “Instagram look”.

© Edith Templeton

Edey literally photographed one street, Queen Anne Gate, in London, with some grand buildings, (complete with patented coal hole covers), a statue of Queen Anne and real gas lamps lit every evening.

© Frankie McAllister

Frankie took inspiration from Canaletto’s paintings of Venice, for her images of buildings and boats along the Thames. She made the most of a hazy morning as well as “de-clarifying” the images in Lightroom to create soft, atmospheric and evocative images.

© Jim Paterson

Jim documented his walk from St Pancras Station to Old Diorama, with people striding purposefully, oblivious of others, some with headphones on, shutting out the sounds, the decay and London’s ever present security systems.

© Steve Jones

Steve’s photographs had been taken some 7 years ago, using a black and white HP5 film and a 50mm lens with a 1.2 aperture fully open. His images displayed a timeless quality, with an extremely shallow depth of field. Five men, their faces framed by a low cafe window, give Steve the traditional Agincourt two-fingered salute.

© Janet Nabney

Janet’s eclectic set of images ranged from road works to a neighbourly encounter on a street corner to listen to an impromptu bit of Sunday morning guitar playing. A sequential set of overlapping photographs taken from a bus window capture the bustling nature of the London street.

© Julian Sainsbury

Julian’s three images were of Downing Street, Mansons Yard and Berkley Street. In the latter a line of policemen complete with riot shield provide an impenetrable barrier, the image being reinforced by the direction arrows on the road.

© Chris Burrows

The evening was concluded with a series of images of Berlin, taken by Chris in the 1990s and early 2000s. These included the reconstructed Check Point Charlie, the remains of the Berlin wall and the headquarters that had been occupied by Stasi and previously the Gestapo.