Group meetings

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...

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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.

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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.

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Richard Baker Donnelly showed some photos from a trip to Greece


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.


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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