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.

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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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North India, Venice and London plus keeping up with exhibitions

A lot of time was taken up this evening in discussing our exhibitions as we have a lot of organising to do! Our London’s Waterways (below) recently opened at Southall’s Dominion Centre,  and will continue to the end of July, with the possibility of an extension.

The next one will be at St Mary’s Church in South Ealing, where huge square format, black and white prints will be suspended between the arches in the nave of the church. This display will form part of the Borough of Ealing Art Trail (BEAT) over two weekends in September. And then from October to December we return to Artisan, a local coffee house, with each month hosting a different group of members.

We also had a visit from Gillian of West London Arts Scene, who came to talk to us about an exhibition they are organising – that we might like to get involved in. It’s an exhibition which will travel around the borough’s thirteen libraries. Several members expressed an interest and she’ll get back to us with more information.

A few people had brought along images to share…

Frankie McAllister brought along some photos from her recent hiking trip to the high altitude desert of Ladakh, in the north Indian Himalaya. It’s a remote region characterised by arid high mountains and vivid green valleys – and also has many historic monasteries. Frankie will be part of the upcoming exhibition at Greenwich, organised by Peter Luck.

Sean McDonnell has been walking the streets with his camera since the 80s. These two images were taken in Venice.

Danilo Leonardi brought along some photos taken on the London underground. Danilo is interested in the use of urban space, the relationship between people and the built-up environment – and these are part of his ongoing project around that subject. See more on his Instagram  @daniloleonardiphotography.


London's Waterways - Exhibition

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Minako Iwatake photo

Members of the group have got together to display their collection of images gleaned from walking around London’s waterways – the local canals and further afield, the Thames estuary.

Runs 25 June – 30 July 2017
Private View 28th June, 6.30-9pm

Dominion Arts Centre & Library
112 The Green
Southall UB2 4BQ

Transport: Southall mainline station – 5mins walk


Oblique strategies

At our monthly Ealing LIP meeting yesterday we were set an interesting photographic challenge when our chairman, Jonny Baker produced a set of “Oblique Strategies” cards.

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The cards (subtitled Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas) are a deck of 7-by-9-centimetre printed cards in a black container box, created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt. Each card offers a challenging constraint intended to help artists break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking.

We used the cards by each of us drawing a single card from the shuffled pack, a method intended for when a dilemma occurs in a working situation. In this case the card is trusted even if its appropriateness is quite unclear…

My card said “Which elements can be grouped”

Everyone will reveal the photographic outcomes in August.

If any other LIP member would like to take part, leave a comment at the bottom of this post for a card and we'll draw one randomly and send you a photo of it and you can then bring along your response to our August meeting.

Here's group member Mel taking note of her strategy at the meeting!

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There's a web site that produces an oblique strategy randomly if you want to have a go yourself - but the idea is not to keep trying for a card you like but to work with what is given.


Iranian deserts, London streets, waterways and protest marches

For those of you wondering what we get up to at our monthly meetings we'll be adding some blog posts following meetings to give you a flavour.

It's proving to be an exciting year for the group with three group exhibitions lined up - at the Dominion in Southall in June on London Waterways; as part of BEAT in September at St Mary's in Ealing; and in Artisan coffee shop in Oct-Dec. On top of that Chris Moxey is taking part in Thirteen in May-June (see below). So we caught up on those. More details will follow.

Then a key part of meetings is always looking at photos and giving feedback and encouragement. This month...

Dorota shared photos from her recent visit to Iran.

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Sean who is relatively new to the group showed a selection of his black and white street photography in the West End over a 20 year period (which is stunning). And then some of his more recent work venturing into the same streets but with a mobile phone camera rather than film. His practice is to shoot and not look at photos as he goes which keeps the mystery alive. It was great having this juxtaposition.

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Brig has been protest marching and showed photos from those - this one is from Unite for Europe demonstration

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Chris showed some of her work that she will be exhibiting in the Dominion exhibition and you cen see the previous post for one of her photos for the Thirteen group exhibition.

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Thirteen Exhibition

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Chris Moxey is part of a group called Thirteen who will be having an exhibition at the Croatian Embassy, from May 25th until June 26th. The Embassy is at 21 Conway Street, London W1T 6BN, about 7 minutes walk from Warren St underground.


Infinitely more important is the looking!

Eggleston

There is a William Eggleston exhibition of people just started at the National Portrait Gallery (see here for a review). On Thursday evening several of us in the group had the privilege of going to hear a conversation with him about his work. The conversation was between Bill (if I may call him that), the curator of the show and Sean O Hagan, writer on photography for the Guardian and Observer (and clearly a fan).

William Eggleston was described by Sean O Hagan as the greatest living photographer. He is now quite frail in a wheelchair but whilst he took a while to respond to questions his wit was biting - it was both an informing and hilarious evening. The work looks amazing. I am sure you don't need me to tell you that Eggleston is celebrated for the way he embraced colour photography as an art form, both causing a huge reaction and controversy in his show in New York in 1976. He is not thought of in relation to portaiture so this is quite an original representation of his work I think.

What was entertaining about the interview was that a lot of the questions were leading Eggleston to explore deeper meanings in his work or photography in general but largely he was having none of it. So to give a couple of examples he was pressed whether Warhol had influenced his work - cue 10 second pause followed by "No!". Was his work symbolic - cue 10 second pause followed by "No!". Looking back on it was it symbolic - cue 10 second pause followed by "No!". Exploring the significance of his first moving image film looking for its significance he responded "We got practically nowhere". When hanging out with various celebraties whose pictures are in the exhibition, again looking for deep conversations he responded that with Joe Strummer "Don't know what we talked about - nothing important!". It really was laugh out loud funny, as well as a lesson for those conducting the conversation into perhaps asking a few more open rather than closed question. But there were a few threads that flowed much better such as when he was asked about his friendships. 

As a photographer he only takes one frame - he can't see the point of more; he doesn't take time to set up - it's not an issue; and he doesn't crop (another "no!" answer). As he reflected on travelling he suggested 

As one wanders round the world often one doesn't know the next place you're going to be. It's usually some kind of suprise, mostly of a happy kind.

And when asked about the writing on various photographs in the show it seemed to get to the heart of the matter. He said the photographs speak for themselves. If you look they say a lot. 

More than words it's the looking at the results that's important, not the writing or the talking. Infinitely more important is the looking!

So get yourself down there and do some looking!