Group meetings

The Troubles and Dividing Lines

We were a fairly small group at The Forester pub on May 2 for our second live meeting. The main event was a presentation by Kyun Ngui on the Chris Steele-Perkins  book, ‘The Troubles’, featuring photographs from West Belfast in the late 70s, with text written by Paul McCorry.  Kyun describes it more fully below.  We also looked at an early rough layout of a Zine by Frankie McAllister, taken from her ongoing project Dividing Lines-Artificial Constructs also described in more detail below.

Troubles CSP cover-1280x1181

The Troubles by Chris Steele-Perkins. Published in 2020, described by Kyun Ngui:  The Troubles comprises images made by Chris Steele-Perkins on several occasions: from his first visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1978 as part of a project looking at inner city poverty in the UK, then the Milltown Cemetery attack in 1988 and finally from 2008 (10 years after the Good Friday Agreement) when he was on assignment for The Times.

Chris Steele-Perkins, as he says from the Introduction, “intended to cover the situation from the standpoint of the underdog, the downtrodden: I was not neutral and was not interested in capturing it so.” By underdog, he meant the Catholic community, whom he stayed with on his first visit.

1 (002)

The images from his first visit captures that community, its leisure, entertainment, homes, fun and funerals. There are also images more familiarly associated with The Troubles like rioting and the military occupation.

IMG_3929

He was there at the Milltown Cemetery attack in 1988. During the funeral for three Provisional IRA members killed by British special forces in Gibraltar, an Ulster Defence Association member attacked the mourners with hand grenades and pistols.

IMG_3919

In 2008, 10 years after the Good Friday Agreement, Chris Steele-Perkins went back to Belfast on assignment for The Times. He looked up people he had photographed 30 years ago and interviewed them. The interviews are published in the book together with images of them in 2008 and 1978. The interviews give these people a voice. They, like most ordinary people, simply wanted to live their lives in peace and to have equal access to opportunities in Northern Ireland.

The book also includes a commissioned text about growing up in West Belfast by a friend of Chris Steele-Perkins, Paul McCorry (whom he met on his first visit in 1978). The text is atmospheric and anecdotal, rather than analytical.

CHildren on Rope Swing

The strength of this photobook lies in its giving glimpses into the ordinary lives and activities of the ordinary people in a Catholic community and in allowing their voices to speak in the 2008 interviews. Images of The Troubles have been predominantly about the military occupation and the rioting and violence that arose from it. It must be remembered that there are ordinary people, on both sides of the community, who simply want an ordinary life that many of us take for granted.

Book Draft for layout and early text 20th March jpeg_1

Frankie’s presentation was a run through of a very early draft pdf spread of a zine on her project ‘Dividing Lines – Artificial Constructs’, a long term project about the northern Irish border post- Brexit and the artificiality inherent in the imposition of externally applied borders to a landscape.

Frankie _DSC9479 copy

The project aims to depict concepts of disruption, artificiality and division through manipulated landscape photographs from the border country of Donegal. 

And lastly, the group discussed our forthcoming exhibition as part of Ealing BEAT. TRICKSTER Remakes the World is still sparking off a lot of ideas and debate from everyone but we agreed we will need to try to start getting a firmer idea of likely images, at least in indicative form, by end May.

written by Frankie McAllister


The wheel of ruses

We got on a roll in February's meeting and planned the next few months activities which are...

Feb - Dan organising a nighttime City of London photography walk with some history thrown in for good measure. 

March meeting - theme of night photography so do bring along any photos on that theme. And we will share photos from the city walk in Feb . There may even be a quiz to interject. 

April meeting - Creating personal projects that re-ignite the creative spark - Ray to present/lead. And we will be sharing phots from the Trickster wheel of ruses challenge (see below)! Also in April an offer of a woodland visit

May - photobook sharing like with the Book of Veles - Kyun has one to share. Anyone else is welcome to offer!

Screenshot 2022-02-06 at 15.50.11

Following Jonny's presentation in January on Trickster he had revisited the book and pulled out 45 ruses of trickster - ideas, sentences describing how trickster acts in the stories. These were put into a wheel and everyone present got a random spin and has been a ruse to take photos in response to. Some were pretty tricky! If you want to try it out the wheel of ruses is here. Simply click and watch the wheel spin. But if you do, let us know what you come up with. You must go with the first ruse that comes up!

Then as ever group members shared photos. Here's a selection of the delights...

Dan

["Early Morning at St Paul's" by Dan Dodman showing phots to the group for the first time. The view from the Golden Gallery of St Paul's cathedral (85 metres high) to the Tate Modern on a crisp October morning.]

Limin_insta-6

[Inspired by the trickster theme Jonny Baker showed a few of thresholds and doorways]

Image1

[Miner Ian Turner, at the end of his shift. Aberpergwm Mine is the only remaining operational coal mine in the UK the only source of high-grade anthracite in Western Europe. Aberpergwm Mine, Glynneath, Neath, Wales, UK. July 30, 2021. Copyright Photo: Edmond Terakopian/2021]

Image0

[A protestor dances on the roof of the fake wedding bus used to block the road. Extinction Rebellion protestors block off the southern end of London Bridge. London, UK. August 31, 2021. Copyright Photo: Edmond Terakopian/2021]

Lockdown

[Ray Higginbottom shared some images that are part of a presentation around personal projects and ideas to get you motivated to pick your camera up and go out and shoot something different. These were from litter discarded in some Country lanes in Bucks. We will be revisiting this in the group.]

 


2022 here we go again!

It's hard to believe that as a group we are still meeting online but due to COVID we are, but having said that the online meetings in the group have been really wonderful. They seem to work well though we'd still love to meet face to face again but no doubt that will come in due course. One of the things about meeting online is that we have probably all put more effort in to prepare some input/presentation and to share photos. Time whizzes by. We started January 2022 with a good turnout of 14 members. It was lovely to welcome someone new who had been inspired to join by seeing Unlocked

As ever we shared photos. Here are three from sets that were shared

Frankie-Brighton.1

[Brighton pier on a bleak day by Frankie Mcallister]

WWblog-1

[Winter Wonderland by Kyun Ngui]

Dorota.Caussols-France10

[Caussois observatory in France by Dorota Boisot]

We then had a discussion on the Book of Veles and Trickster Makes This World and felt inspired to make some mischief. Rather than elaborate here I hope that will be a blog post or two in its own right...

We had planned to plot the rest of the year but didn't get that far  but no doubt plenty will emerge.


Get up close

Metatrichia floriformis line

November's group meeting was exploring macro photography. Barry Webb was invited by group member Ray to present his work. He shared an astonishing set of images and as he went through explained some of the techniques he uses. It was intriguing to find that 5mm he considers large for a subject. We were introduced to slime mould and Barry is getting quite a following on instagram for his photos of slime mould. The photo above is a metatrichia floriformis line.

A few group members then shared some macro photos

Frankie_mcAllister_1.

[Frankie McAllister macro image]

Fountain_Pens-Macro-LIP Presentation-TERAKOPIAN-004

[The Translucent Pelikan Souverän M805 Blue Dunes Special Edition. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian/2021 Instagram: @fountainpenscribbles  ]

EFEDEF38-53D9-42D2-9A2C-1C983B8392AD

[Dorota Boisot macro image]

And Sean presented his third book in the Living Lockdown series - see the previous blog post .


It's all about photos

Another Ealing LIP meeting, another wonderful evening! When we meet, whatever else we do you hope people will come and share photos and talk about them. This month did not disappoint. Here's a selection below of photos people shared. We also heard how some of the Unlocked workshops with community groups had gone so far which was very moving. 

Dorota Boisot reflection3
[Reflection by Dorota Boisot]

Edmond Terakopian Arrested Bride
[Arrested Bride by Edmond Terakopian]

The penultimate protestor to be taken off the open top 'wedding bus' was dressed as a bride and had her hand glued to the glass on the bus’s front door. She was arrested and put in the back of a Police van’s secure prisoner cell. Extinction Rebellion protestors block off the southern end of London Bridge. London, UK. August 31, 2021. 

Pee Wee Ellis by Ray Malcolm
[Pee Wee Ellis at the Barbican by Ray Malcolm]

Hanwell Hootie by Robin Segulem
[Hanwell Hootie by Robin Segulem]

South Downs by Frankie McAllister
[Sussex Downs by Frankie McAllister]

Shoofly colour burn by Ray Higginbottom
[Shoofly colour burn by Ray Higginbottom]


6 months - Where did that go?!

Shootingblind-2

[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...

08-Frankie_sole-leaves-1024x711

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

Gunnersbury1

Jonny Baker shared photos taken in Lockdown part 2 

Tessa

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.

flip solitary

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.

MVIMG_20190317_072323-768x1024

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.

Dorota

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.

A-1024x1024

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!

Frankie-_Negspace-3-683x1024

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.

4124225869_e1709ba09a_k

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.


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.

Kin 1

Triptych

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.

Trees_at_dusk-4180

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