Group meetings

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.


Perusing photo books

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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.

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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.


Sketch of 2019 Ealing LIP Meetings

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.


the memory of trees

 

 

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...


January meeting moved

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.


Looking Back, Looking Forward

At January's meeting we may have had the most people showing photos ever - it felt that way anyway. We spent a while reflecting on what has been a fantastic year for the group with lots of exhibiting as a whole group, in small groups, in individual shows and in the wider LIP exhibition. And the group has welcomed several new members so it feels as though there is lots of energy and (crucially) photography. Below is a selection of single images that were shown as a sort of pick of the year's photos.

Angelika showed photos of a visit to Chad, and Edmond showed photos from Moscow State Circus whilst it was on Ealing Common.

We then spent a while looking forward and agreed to take part in BEAT again and will decide theme next time and then March meeting will be one where members share photo books they have created - looking forward to that!

The photos below are from Omar, Frankie, Dorota, Edmond, Robin, Jonny, Ali and Chris (M) respectively 

 


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.