Zooming in on zines

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For the forseeable future unsurprisingly the group will not be meeting together physically because of Coronavirus. But we will meet online for our monthly gathering still. Information about that goes out on the group email list. If you are not on it get in touch.

Last night was the first and nineteen group members showed up. Using zoom technology worked really well. It was great to connect. Fabrizio and Angelika hosted the evening with a wonderful presentation on zines and books. The idea was to spark peoples imagination to have a go at producing one. It was certainly inspiring. 


Group meeting visit to Photographers Gallery

Ealing LIP in biohazard suits at PG

This month due to not being able to use our regular venue we went to visit the Photographers' Gallery on Thursday night despite the rain, train delays and other reasons not to come into central London! We almost had the place to ourselves so it was nice to be able to take some time to look at the work of the four nominees for the Deutsche Börse prize.

We agreed they covered an interesting range of styles and ideas from the traditional documentary work of Mark Neville, the more innovative Mohamed Bourouissa making use of augmented reality, Anton Kuster's powerful and quietly emotional Blue Skies project and an intriguing concept by Clare Strand which had some of us thinking about our next group exhibition (watch this space)!

We did well to find a quiet place nearby to pick out the themes of the show which lead us to a really interesting discussion on women and power in photography, a great topic for a meeting in itself. Looking forward to next month's meeting on zines and putting a book project together. 

[posted by Sean]


Next meeting Thurs 5 March

Please note that the next group meeting is not the usual time and place. This is due to us not being able to book the venue for this month. 

So we are now meeting on Thursday March 5. We had discussed using this month to go to an exhibition and reflect on it. So we will meet at the Photographers Gallery. It is open Thursday evening until 8pm. So try and get there by 6pm if you can, take a look at the two exhibitions and then rendezvous in the cafe. 


2020 vision

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The first meeting of the year was a great start to the year.

[Monika at Pride by Chris Bellinger | Ray by Jonny Baker | Alyssa by Chris Bellinger | Propect Wood by Jonny Baker]

Various members brought favourite photos from 2019. See above for a few examples.

On instagram and twitter there was a popular hashtag #decadechallenge - where people posted a photo of themselves 10 years ago and now. A few members joined in and brought their own decade challenge which was good fun.

Then we also planned out the year ahead. Whilst there may of course be changes this is what it currently looks like

  • January - planning and share photos 
  • February - BEAT ideas, team and planning - Jonny facilitate
  • March - visit exhibition and discuss related theme (exhibition yet to be decided)
  • April - Zine + presentation on putting book project together - Fabrizio facilitate with Angelika
  • May - abstract/impressionist - Chris B and Richard M to facilitate
  • June - urban interventions (and treasure hunt?) - Jonny to facilitate 
  • July - making strange - Arun and Fabrizio to facilitate
  • August - travel - ?facilitator?
  • Sept - BEAT launch/opening
  • Oct - the Corners (book in which layered photos are constructed) - ?facilitator?
  • Nov - show zine (or book) results that we have produced from inspiration in March - ?facilitator?
  • Dec - Christmas meal

We also had some things that were discussed that didn’t land on LIP evenings. These were: 

  • Large format workshop - Robin to organise and host
  • Woodland visit - Jonny to organise and host (round May time?)
  • Instagram takeover - ?needs thought but could tie in with exhibition or a particular hashtag?

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[photo from Aritmia by Fabrizio Quagliuso]

Fabrizio also brought a copy of Aritmia to show which has been a two year project in the making of a beautiful book. You can read about it and purchase copies on his web site.


We are meeting Jan 8th this month

We usually meet on the first Weds of the month but as it is new year's day we won't be in January. We will meet the following Weds - Jan 8th. Our usual venue is booked so we will be meeting at a group member's home instead. We have emailed all members to let them know but if you are planning to come and did not get that please get in touch via email - see contact email in the sidebar on the right hand side of the page. Hope to see you then! 


Not just one but three exhibtions!

As well as the group exhibition Home which has now started two other group members have solo shows as part of BEAT. They are both very close to each other in Hanwell. 

Marie is exhibiting at Fade to Black coffee shop which is open daily. The show runs until 15 Sept.

Minako Iwatake has a show The Bookshelf at The Clock Tower Café, 151 Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, London W7 3SP  and it is open from 6-15th September, from 8am - 7pm each day.

So there are currently three exhibitions running in Ealing with members of the group!

Home - Group Exhibition as part of BEAT September 2019

We're excited to let you know we have a group exhibition as part of BEAT - the Borough of Ealing Art trail 2019. See below for details. Note we are in a new venue this year - Rickyard in Walpole Park. Hope to see you there.

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We tend to think of ‘home’ as a haven, somewhere we can retreat to after a busy or stressful day. It’s where our family, our partners, our familiar faces and favourite things are… where we can feel secure among the bricks and mortar of our domestic bliss. But it can be more complex than that. Some feel tied down by this image of home, with a longing to escape the over-familiar and make new memories elsewhere; for the elderly, loneliness can be an issue… and increasingly, contemporary times suggest other stories; home is a luxury some just do not have. The world is changing and for many the notion of home is changing too. Photographers from Ealing LIP reflect on what ‘home’ means to them.

At The Rickyard, Walpole Park, from 6th - 15th September.

Opening times:

Fri 6th, 12 - 7pm; Sat 7th & Sun 8th, 12 - 6pm
Mon 9th to Thurs 12th, 12 - 5pm; Fri 13th, 12 -7pm; Sat 14th & Sun 15th, 12 - 6pm

Activities

Longing for home

For some of us home is a place we take for granted, somewhere we can return to - but for others in the world, conflict or occupation has meant they have had to flee their home and are unable to return. They make home in a new place but still have memories of home from their homeland and a longing or an ache for it. Many Palestinians who have been exiled from their homes carry a key to remember home, and as a sign of their longing. This workshop will be a chance to hear stories of home, exile and longing. Facilitated by Jonny Baker whose photo ‘The Key’ is in the exhibition. The Rickyard, 4pm, Saturday 14th Sept.

Photowalk

Your camera and your curiosity are all you need! Join exhibitors Brigitte Flock and Chris Moxey for a local photowalk. This is not a technical session, just a fun way to enjoy photography with like-minded people and perhaps be inspired by something you may not have noticed before. Duration approximately 1.5 hours. Meet at the Rickyard, 1pm, Saturday 7th Sept

Insta Challenge: Home

Participate in the Ealing LIP BEAT 2019 project and see your own photographs become part of the exhibition. Use the hashtag #LIPBEATHOME to tag your Instagram picture on the theme ‘home’ and every day we’ll pick the best one to print and display in the gallery at The Rickyard! Coordinated by Ray Malcolm.

Collage/Scrapbooking Workshop

A family activity for 5-10 year olds accompanied by one adult.

We will explore a variety of materials and basic techniques, which will stimulate creativity and imagination, enabling participants to create their own unique piece of either a collage or a scrapbook's first page! Bring along your favourite printed photographs or cut out from magazines, a poem, or any other special little thing you would like to be on your creation. We will use buttons, feathers, natural items (eg. wood, flowers, leaves), coloured cards, fabrics, and more. Please be aware that the nature of this activity means a little mess should be expected, so wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Facilitated by Bea Maccarrone at The Rickyard, 2.30-4.30 pm, Sunday 8th Sept

Dates/Times:

Sat 7th - Photowalk with Brig and Moxey 1-2.30pm
Sun 8th – Bea, scrapbooks/collage drop in between 2-4pm – ages 5-10, must be accompanied by one adult.
Sat 14th – Jonny: Longing for Home – 4pm
Ongoing throughout the exhibition – Ray’s Instagram event


Question time

 

 

At our May meeting we invited members to think of questions they had and to put them to the group in the hope that there would be enough shared wisdom to help find some pointers or answers. Questions were wider ranging and it was amazing to see how the group seemed to find some wisdom for pretty much all the questions. As ever we also looked at photos - Dorota shared some ideas for the forthcoming BEAT exhibtion and Jonny shared a mix of recent photos from Barcelona, woodland and bluebells (see above).


Documentary Photography and The Don

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Continuing our new themed approach to our monthly meetings April's focus was on documentary photography. Members had been encouraged to attend the shows of Don McCullin and Markéta Luskačová at Tate Britain and we had a lively discussion about the past, present and future state of social documentary photography in the light of these photographers' work. Discussion was also had of a future project for the group on this theme and how it could support our BEAT show later in the year.

Edmond Terakopian then gave a talk that he had recently made at the Photography Show in Birmingham marking 30 years as his life as a photojournalist. He took us a on a journey from the discovery of his passion for photography through his award winning work on local and national newspapers to assignments on the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh and post earthquake life in Armenia. It gave a real insight into his work and the members really enjoyed it. Edmond blogs here and his latest reflection is on Don Mcullin in conversation.

To round off the evening Ray Higginbottom showed some of his excellent documentary prints from his garden allotments project plus recent work from New Orleans.