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).
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.
At the March meeting members brought photo books that they liked. We spent getting on for an hour wandering round looking at and discussing those books. Whilst several regulars were away there were still 17 of us.
Then as ever members showed photos including an amazing selection of work by new member Shaun Hodge and shots from Valencia from Robin Segulem.
We also discussed BEAT and as I write are now entered to exhibit in September 2019 on the theme of Home.
Following February's meeting we have sketched the plan for the year as follows (backfilling Jan and Feb!). All meeting will of course have space for the sharing of photos as that is at the heart of the group and our practice.
- January - go to the opening night of Thirteen at Lauderdale House
- February - plan the year ahead and discuss BEAT exhibition
- March - bring a photography book or three that you love
- April - theme ''documentary' - discuss Don Mcullin exhibition at Tate (visit beforehand if possible)
- May - hive mind/wisdom of the crowd - in advance we will get questions form group members and attempt to answer them from within the group
- June - desert island snaps - detail to follow (plus on a Sat/Sun a visit to a woodland for a group day meeting)
- July - theme "portrait" with accompanying challenge
- August - curation - with guest speaker tba
- September - opening night of BEAT exhibition
- October - photo book - bring a photo book you have made
- November - theme "street"
- December - Christmas meal
The idea for the year ahead is that members of the group will take on chairing/facilitating an evening which will mean pulling it together, leading the evening and managing any related challenge and sharing of photographs. This is not set in stone and may change but it gives a feel for where we are headed and hopefully enables some planning ahead.
February's meeting saw a couple of new people join. The deadline for entering BEAT 2019 is 19th March so that was a big focus along with planning the year ahead (see the post above).
The meetings now being on Wednesday mean that Ray Higginbottom will be back joining us from time to time. He is now editor of one of the RPS magazines for the visual art group and the first one he has done arrived the day before so he was able to show us that and it looked great! And we enjoyed looking at some of the latest photos he has been working on which include a new exploration 'the memory of trees' (an Enya album title inspired theme!). Here's a couple of the first photos above...
Please note if you are coming to the January meeting it is on January 9 (and not the usual first Weds) and we have decided to go to the opening of the Thirteen exhibition below rather than our usual meeting venue of the Forrester.
Group member Chris Moxey is part of the Thirteen collective and is exhibiting in the show above in January 2019
The annual London Independent Photography exhibition is at the Espacio Gallery in Bethnal Green, from Tuesday 2 October to Sunday 7 October 2018. A couple of the Ealing group members have photographs in it. It's a good chance to see photos from the group across London.
We had a wonderful opening of our group Oblique Strategies exhibition. The video above was put together by Edmond Terakopian and gives a really good feel of the photos, how they are hung and the space. About 150 people came along to the opening - thank you all so much! The photos look great in the space.
There is a gallery of the photos here where you can also purchase prints in a range of sizes and types of paper.