Looking Back, Looking Forward

At January's meeting we may have had the most people showing photos ever - it felt that way anyway. We spent a while reflecting on what has been a fantastic year for the group with lots of exhibiting as a whole group, in small groups, in individual shows and in the wider LIP exhibition. And the group has welcomed several new members so it feels as though there is lots of energy and (crucially) photography. Below is a selection of single images that were shown as a sort of pick of the year's photos.

Angelika showed photos of a visit to Chad, and Edmond showed photos from Moscow State Circus whilst it was on Ealing Common.

We then spent a while looking forward and agreed to take part in BEAT again and will decide theme next time and then March meeting will be one where members share photo books they have created - looking forward to that!

The photos below are from Omar, Frankie, Dorota, Edmond, Robin, Jonny, Ali and Chris (M) respectively 


National Treasures - Exhibition at Cliveden


Ray Higginbottom has a solo exhibition at the National trust venue Cliveden. He uses objects found from National Trust properties and turns them into something beautiful. His inspiration, he says, comes from across the artistic spectrum. From music and poetry to film and theatre, Ray is a true artist. His ability to 'find the unexpected in the mundane' is translated through his photographs. It runs for a couple of months until the end of February. You'll need to pay to get into Cliveden.

Brick Lane, Tokyo, big skies, and holiday snaps

At our November meeting we spent some time discussing our recent participation in the Borough of Ealing Art Trail (BEAT) – and the report by member Richard Baker-Donnelly who attended the BEAT after-discussion. Our consensus was that being part of the Art Trail had increased footfall to our exhibition considerably. Several visitors expressed interest in LIP, and some have become members. We look forward to participating again in 2018!

We briefly discussed the Artisan exhibition which is going well so far. The second group now have their work on display and the last group will be on from early December. Do pop in to Artisan, New Broadway, Ealing – see the current display and sample their delicious coffee and pastries.

Several people brought work (and books) along to share and this is a sample.

Edmond Terakopian had brought along a series of colour images taken during three days in October. These were taken around Brick Lane. The two images shown here have a common thread of illumination; the burger van and the lady with the smartphone in a bar.

With Tokyo: ancient and modern, Sean McDonnell found a perfect opportunity to use old and new photography techniques this summer. First some traditional street photography using black and white 35mm film, then some new work using a 360 camera. This is something relative new for Sean and he is keen to make contact with other LIP members interested in 360o photography.

Frankie McAllister took these on a recent walk along the Southbank. The fabulous afternoon light and big turbulent skies of this time of year lend the familiar landmarks and skyline a bit of extra drama and colour.

And finally, Chris Moxey showed us some of her holiday snaps from a visit to Norfolk during the summer.

Thanks to everyone for bringing along books and photos. Because we’ve been so busy in recent months, particularly with exhibitions, our book-making evening has been postponed until February. If you’re interested in taking part just bring along a book you’ve made – it can be home-made, blurbed, large, small, fat, thin, whatever… and be as creative as you like. We’ll share and discuss our processes/methods!

It’s customary that in December we have a Christmas meal together instead of our usual meeting, so the next ‘formal’ meeting will be at 7.30pm on January 9th at The Forester, 2 Leighton Road, Ealing W13 9EP.

Chernobyl, Outer Hebrides, Monochrome and Newcomers

October's meeting saw six newcomers who had heard about the group through the TAG exhibition. 

We spent a while reflecting on TAG which had around 700 visitors and all agreed how well it had gone and how good it was to be part of Ealing BEAT. We then discussed the upcoming Artisan exhibition which runs for three months and encouraged everyone to enter the LIP annual exhibition. 

Then several people showed photos which was great. Here's a flavour...

Danilo Leonardi EALING LIP

Danilo Leonardi showed his first efforts in a while at black and white photography. The TAG exhibition and the process of preparing an image for the show made him reconsider his "exclusively colour" approach to personal work.  He has created a new Instagram @daniloleonardimonochrome and the photos he showed are already there.


Frankie McAllister wowed us with photos from Chernobyl. This is "Blue Room - from within the Chernobyl exclusion Zone, near the Duga radar installation".

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Jonny Baker showed photos from a summer visit to the Outer Hebrides and Scotland. This photo is taken on the isle of Scalpay.


Richard Baker Donnelly showed some photos from a trip to Greece

Oblique Strategies Challenge Results

A while we back we set the oblique strategies challenge - see here for the explanation. But essentially each person drew a card at random and took an image in response. I have pasted the photos (or one of them for each photographer) and the oblique strategy and photographer below each image.


"which elements can be grouped" by Robin Segulem


"towards the insignificant" by Minako


"disconnect from desire" by Danilo Leonardi


"use an unacceptable colour" by Melissa Lestari Meigh


"define an area as 'safe' and use it as an anchor" by Chris Kirkpatrick


"the inconsistency principle" by Frankie McAllister


"make a blank valuable by putting it in an exquisite frame" by Jonny Baker


"accretion" by Chris Moxey


"always first steps" by Richard Baker Donnelly

Ealing Group at Artisan Coffee

Ray Malcolm photo

A three-month long exhibition by ten members of the Ealing satellite group, with three smaller groups alternating to exhibit each month.

Runs 5 October – End December 2017
Open Mon-Fri, 7:30am-5:30pm; Sat 8:30am-5:30pm; Sun 9am-5:30pm

Artisan Coffee
32 New Broadway
London W5 2XA

Thirteen at Lauderdale House

Bari Goddard photo

LIP members Quentin Ball, Gwen Campbell, Gareth Davies, Gordana Johnson, Chris Moxey, Norman Smith, Duncan Unsworth are all exhibiting as part of the group THIRTEEN, in the recently renovated Lauderdale House. Chris Moxey is a member of the Ealing LIP group.

Runs 4-28 October 2017
Private view 4th October, 7.30-9.30pm

Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park
Highgate Hill
London N6 5HG

BEAT exhibition is buzzing


The opening night of TAG was wonderful with around 100 people visiting. Normally in a venue like this we'd then have a trickle of visitors each day but being part of BEAT has meant that more like 80-90 people have called in on the weekend each day. So exhibiting as part of BEAT has definitely been good - it's been buzzing. The exhibition itself has sparked peoples imagination. St Mary's services on Sunday also engaged with the photos as Ealing LIP member Jonny Baker gave a talk on photography and spirituality and incorporated the photos into the talk for members of St Mary's to interact with. This had the added bonue of the group being able to leave the photos up for the Sunday!

This Saturday is the last day you can see the exhibition - do get along if you haven't seen it yet.

[Thanks to Danilo Leonardi for the photos]

TAG - an exhibition in the Borough of Ealing Art Trail September 2017

We're excited to be able to announce TAG - a photographic exhibition we are putting on as part of the Borough of Ealing Art Trail.


Marie Fitzgerald photo

Tag is a game where one person tags another, only this time played with photographs. Each photographer responds to the previous image creating a chain reaction of connected images. The results are displayed for the first time during the Borough of Ealing Art Trail (BEAT) and will be suspended in mid air in the beautiful space of St Mary's Church, Ealing. 

September 6th- 16th
St Mary's Church, St Mary's Rd, Ealing W5 5RH

Opening Times:
Mon-Thurs 9:30am-5:00pm
Fri 9:30am-8:00pm
Sat 11am-6:00pm
Sun 12:00noon - 6:00pm

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