Unlocked - ambitious exhibition plans for September

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As a group we have planned an exhibition as part of BEAT 2021. Given all the uncertainties due to Covid we had been exploring outdoor options for exhibiting and through a series of connections have ended up with Ealing Police Station agreeing we can use the front of their building as a canvas for our next exhibition! It is huge so will have quite an impact. The exhibition is called  ‘UNLOCKED – looking back, looking forward’ and is a reflection on the strange times we find ourselves in, the things we have noticed over the past year and our hopes for the future. 

Of course it is going to be more costly to pull off so we are in the process of raising funds for it. On contacting Ealing Council they now have their own crowdfunding page for community initiatives and projects and steered us in that direction. As part of that they will consider backing a project but like to see a group raising funds and demonstrating commitment themselves. So whilst we hadn't anticipated it this means we have ended up with a local crowdfunding page for Unlocked. Do go and have a look and if you'd like to support the group then do pledge. We are 10% of the way there at the time of writing this post.


Living Lockdown vol 2

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Sean McDonnell has been documenting life in the locale through lockdown. Having published a book of photographs for the first lockdown he has now published a second volume of photos taken between August 2020 and January 2021. You can order here and half the proceeds go to Ealing Foodbank. He presented this to the group at our June meeting.


6 months - Where did that go?!

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[shooting blind by Jonny Baker - June challenge]

Sorry for the lack of updates on the web site. I suddenly noticed 6 months has gone by without an update - ooops. The group has continued to meet on zoom and we've had some really good and stimulating evenings. 

January was a look back on photos from the previous year and we planned the year ahead.

February combined words and images inspired by Flip magazine

March was a presentation on workflow from Edmond and photos in response to the challenge Upside Down or One Colour

April was a presentation from Angelika on portraits and self portraits  and...

May invited people to bring back their responses to that with some really great photos shown

And June we were 'shooting blind' with a range of responses to that theme from randomising how to take photos, to not looking where to take photos or finding ways to lose clarity. All these were ways of losing control. Sean also shared volume two of his book series Living Lockdown (see separate post)

And every month we have been discussing plans for the exhibition Unlicked as part of BEAT 2021 (see separate post)

So that brings us up to date!


December group meeting

December's meeting was a gentle end to what has been a strange year. Normally we would have been having a Christmas meal! We discussed exhibition plans and various group members shared photos. A few are below...

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Frankie McAllister shared images of diptychs, triptychs and other combinations of mutiple images.

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Jonny Baker shared photos taken in Lockdown part 2 

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Tessa took the plunge and shared some photos with the group for the first time - always a nerve wracking experience!

Ray, Edmond also shared photos.

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The new FLip magazine is out and has features and photos from several group members which is great to see. 


Negative space

The concept of negative space was the photography challenge for November’s meeting, set by Melissa Meigh. The brief that the group had to respond to was

Negative Space: the space within, between, and around objects. It defines the links between objects or defines their limits. A ghost of the silhouette.

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Melissa kicked off the session by showing images mostly of light and shadow, with very little depiction of a tangible object, and how the light can become the focus with shadow surrounding.

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Dorota Biosot’s images were architecturally focused. They showed how reflection can play with the subject of negative space, and how shadow, rather than object, can become the main topic.

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Chris Bellinger shared photos of how important image cropping can determine what is negative space; sharing photographs of how a focused subject off-centre surrounded by background can make the subject pop!

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Frankie McAllister displayed images that were shadow-heavy, directing your focus to the boldness of the remaining lit subject. Some of her photographs were reminiscent of Chiaroscuro paintings.

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Jonny Baker presented a spectrum of themes on negative space; ghosts of silhouettes, the prominence of textures, tiny subjects, minimalist images, in an assortment of colour and black and white.


LIP Chronicles: Life Under lockdown - online exhibition live for Nov

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LIP Chronicles: Life Under Lockdown is this year's LIP exhibition curated online.  A lovely set of galleries are live in November here. Do read the foreword by Paul Hill. Several Ealing LIP members have photos in the exhibtion. See this page for more info and do follow along on instagram with @LIPchronicles. There is also a newspaper being printed with the images which looks like it will be one to keep!


Eyewitness MSF charity print auction

Group member Edmond Terakopian is one of the organisers of an inspired project to raise funds for MSF's Covid 19 relief fund. It's a a print auction of 66 prints by 42 photographers worldwide. The auction runs from now until 15 November and you can browse the catalogue and place bids here

Whilst in the COVID 19 pandemic lockdown, a concerned group of 17 photographers, members of the Eyewitness Collective, dispersed across several continents, came up with an idea: to collect a series of prints by members and by selected invited photographers, in order to raise funds for the battle against this awful pandemic. They have been overjoyed by the feedback and thrilled that so many photographers have donated their beautiful prints.

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Photo: PC McKinley by Dave Sinclair

Over the past several months, they have secured a selection of 66 photographs. Among the more notable are an image by Magnum Photos' legendary photographer Ian Berry from his iconic series The English, an image by the renowned Vietnam War photographer Tim Page, an image by the celebrated photojournalist Tom Stoddart from The Sudan, the fall of the Berlin Wall by the prominent photojournalist Paul Lowe, timeless fine art prints by the creative Yoshie Nishikawa, as well as several celebrity portraits by the likes of Mark Harrison, Jason Bell, Nicky Johnston and Clive Arrowsmith, to name just a few. 

More info is on the press release which you can download here.


Living lockdown zine

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Sean McDonnell has turned his collection of photographs taken during lockdown around the streets of Ealing into a zine to raise money for Ealing Foodbank. 
 
The images document a moment in time when the world turned upside down. 
 
Adverts for holidays became a distant dream. TFL promoted riding bikes, not taking the tube. Supermarkets asked us if we really needed to buy more. People's garden walls became display shelves for belongings to give away. Chalk made a comeback for games. Everywhere social distance circles appeared on pavements. Some shops came back to life, others did not.
 

Post production

Post Production was the theme of October's session, interpreted by Sean McDonnell and Ray Higginbottom in two distinctive ways. 

Sean took Chris Dorley-Brown's work The Corners as a starting point to look at photo manipulation, its motivations and consequences, Taking examples from the origins of photography to the present, Sean raised questions about the use of post production in documentary photography and photojournalism.

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Ray took us on a personal journey, showing the group the evolution of his work from darkroom montages to triptychs and intricate digital post production techniques. He discussed the early influences of Gilbert Garcin and Robert Tuschman and also referenced the work of Maggie Taylor. To round off a fascinating talk Ray gave a live Photoshop tutorial showing how he combined a landscape at Dungeness with other photographs and textures drawn from his archive to create a unique final image.

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Frankie McAllister then shared some of her atmospheric images created during lockdown.

Further information:

Hopper Meditations and Once Upon a Time in Kazimierz by Richard Tuschman

Contemporary Trends in Photography by Eileen Rafferty Photography