Group meetings

Oblique strategies

At our monthly Ealing LIP meeting yesterday we were set an interesting photographic challenge when our chairman, Jonny Baker produced a set of “Oblique Strategies” cards.

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The cards (subtitled Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas) are a deck of 7-by-9-centimetre printed cards in a black container box, created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt. Each card offers a challenging constraint intended to help artists break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking.

We used the cards by each of us drawing a single card from the shuffled pack, a method intended for when a dilemma occurs in a working situation. In this case the card is trusted even if its appropriateness is quite unclear…

My card said “Which elements can be grouped”

Everyone will reveal the photographic outcomes in August.

If any other LIP member would like to take part, leave a comment at the bottom of this post for a card and we'll draw one randomly and send you a photo of it and you can then bring along your response to our August meeting.

Here's group member Mel taking note of her strategy at the meeting!

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There's a web site that produces an oblique strategy randomly if you want to have a go yourself - but the idea is not to keep trying for a card you like but to work with what is given.


Iranian deserts, London streets, waterways and protest marches

For those of you wondering what we get up to at our monthly meetings we'll be adding some blog posts following meetings to give you a flavour.

It's proving to be an exciting year for the group with three group exhibitions lined up - at the Dominion in Southall in June on London Waterways; as part of BEAT in September at St Mary's in Ealing; and in Artisan coffee shop in Oct-Dec. On top of that Chris Moxey is taking part in Thirteen in May-June (see below). So we caught up on those. More details will follow.

Then a key part of meetings is always looking at photos and giving feedback and encouragement. This month...

Dorota shared photos from her recent visit to Iran.

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Sean who is relatively new to the group showed a selection of his black and white street photography in the West End over a 20 year period (which is stunning). And then some of his more recent work venturing into the same streets but with a mobile phone camera rather than film. His practice is to shoot and not look at photos as he goes which keeps the mystery alive. It was great having this juxtaposition.

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Brig has been protest marching and showed photos from those - this one is from Unite for Europe demonstration

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Chris showed some of her work that she will be exhibiting in the Dominion exhibition and you cen see the previous post for one of her photos for the Thirteen group exhibition.

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