Photography

Workshops for July and August in Ealing

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Award winning photographer and Ealing LIP member Edward Terakopian is happy to announce a new project with OPEN Ealing. He’ll be doing a series of eight workshops over several weekends on various photographic and video topics. All bookings can be made via the links below.

THE TALK
The series starts with a talk about Edmond's career and how he has been documenting the COVID 19 lockdown. To see more details and book your spot, either for the limited seating (20 places) or online stream (200 places), see 31 Years Of Photography; Photojournalism and Beyond.

THE WORKSHOPS

Click on the links below to book for any of the workshops. They are in person with social distancing so are limited to 10 places for each.

PHOTOGRAPHY: A MARRIAGE OF THE TECHNICAL AND THE ARTISTIC. Sunday 12 July, 2020.
DAILY LIFE AND STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. Saturday 18 July, 2020.
TRAVEL AND LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY. Sunday July 19, 2020.
IMAGE EDITING AND PROCESSING. Saturday 25 July, 2020.
IPHONEOGRAPHY; PHOTOGRAPHY WITH SMARTPHONES. Sunday 26 July, 2020.
PHOTOJOURNALISM. Saturday 1 August, 2020.
SHOOTING VIDEO WITH MIRRORLESS CAMERAS AND DSLRS. Sunday 2 August, 2020.
STILL LIFE. Saturday 8 August, 2020.

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Ali Moosavi - BEAT submission
For the popular Borough of Ealing Art Trail (BEAT) exhibition, Ealing LIP photographers created a collection of work entitled Oblique Strategies (taking inspiration from Brian Eno) back in 2018.
 
One of our group, Ali Moosavi, donated his print from the BEAT exhibition to the OPEN Ealing gallery earlier this year, and worked with them to find a charity based in Ealing to benefit from the sale,
 
OPEN Ealing released an update on their website last week:
The sale of Ali Moosavi’s photograph, Make a blank valuable by putting it in an exquisite frame, this week has benefitted Ealing based charity BEfriend. The charity matches friendly and reliable volunteers with people who have become lonely and socially isolated. Volunteers provide company and companionship and help those they befriend feel engaged with the world again, either through bringing hope and warmth in with them or by helping people get out. During recent months their services have been even more important and they have extra pressures in delivering the required help in a safe way.
Rachel Hill, Director, commented that all the money raised from the sale of Ali’s photograph will go towards sustaining the service.

Urban Interventions 3: colonialism, street art and earthquakes

[ see post 1 life in lockdown | post 2 clap for carers ]

Jonny Baker switched form discussing interventions in the current Covid19 crisis to a reflection on three interventions he had reflected on during a visit earlier in the year to New Zealand. 

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The first intervention was colonialism and the way that had exported almost a total environment to recreate England. The parks in Christchurch for example look like a park in Ealing and to find the indogenous trees you need to visit the New Zealand section of the botanical gardens! He has blogged about that here - am I in England?

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The second intervention was about street art and contrasting the statues of the English settlers and their coloinial swagger with the street art that often included Maori women and indigenous birds. We discussed this before the current wave of protests about statues of slave traders but it now seems very prescient! There is blog post here - smug statues and street art saints

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And then lastly by way of dramatic intervention Christchurch had an earthquake which is a pretty serious intervention. And nine years on there is a combination of new growth and building buit also plenty of visiuble signs of the earthquake inlcuding whole areas of the city which are like a ghost town - the red zone where the ground level has lowered so it's no loner habitable but there are garden plots and streetlights of neighbourhoods that are now a trace. Jonny suggested an intervention like that whilst being terrible does create some opportunity for change and newness and used the cathedral as an example - see his blog post when church collapses.

There is a flickr album of NZ photos here and of Christchurch street art here


Urban Interventions 2: clap for carers

[ see post 1 life in lockdown ]

 

 

Photos: ©Edmond Terakopian / 2020

At the Urban Interventions evening Edmond Terakopian showed a set of photographs that were still being put in order as we began the meeting - they were that live. He has documented the intervention clap for carers which took place every Thurs night from 23 March to 28 May 2020 showing appreciation for those in the NHS on the frontline. These are a selection of the images. He reflected on the denial of access to photographers inside hospitals keeping from view the real impact and cost of Covid19 contrasting it with other countries like Italy where images have been in the public domain with significant impact.

Do visit his web site, flickr photos, and blog. There is recent interview with him on the as yet unnamed podcast


Urban Interventions 1: life during lockdown

urban interventionsWe set the themes for group meetings for most of the year in January over a coffee. One of those themes was "urban interventions". This is inspired by the book Urban Interventions - see a review and several images here - of artists playfuly intervening in the landscape whether through graffiti or installations or often subtle rearrangements of signage. Some of them are poignant and some simply good fun! We looked at a few such as making a car parking space into a lawn with deckchairs and sun loungers, or turning a skip into a skateboard quarter pipe.

At the time we had no idea that interventions would become such a big theme in all of our lives through coronavirus. This made for a brilliant evening with lots of members showing photographs and three presentations. Rather than pack everything into one long post I will post a short series.

First up group members photos are here. This is a page we have created each month as an easy way to share photographs  on the evening without continual switching of screen sharing. I have picked three examples below from Frankie, Richard and Richard but do go and have a look at the page.

 

Then the first presentation was from Sean McDonnell. He loves street photography in the West End but in life during lockdown has found his attention drawn to streets closer to home. Taking his phone on a daily run he shared a compelling record of scenes that we all recognise but will be the kind of thing we look back on years from now and reflect how strange this time has been. Sean has blogged about it here and includes some of his photographs. I have added three below and you can see the album of photos on flickr. The project is ongoing and no doubt will end up as a book or something.

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New Europe zine and group abstracts

New Europe zine final edit from Sean McDonnell on Vimeo.

Following last month's inspirational talk on zines the theme continued in May's online meeting as Sean McDonnell showed a video of a zine he has been working on New Europe. He says more about it on his blog here. Can't wait until we meet again to see it in print...

We also explored the theme of abstract photography and took as our launch point the wonderfully curated London Independent Photography's Instagram account's stories which are really well curated collections of LIP members photos. There are five sets of abstracts (so far) - scroll along the top. For example this is the first set

 

 

Various group members showed and talked about some of their abstract photos. Here are a few by way of example from Jonny, Richard, Dorota, Frankie and Ray.

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And members showed a few other things they were working on in lockdown. Jonny showed some of his photos from a trip to New Zealand just before lockdown - see flickr album here


Zooming in on zines

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For the forseeable future unsurprisingly the group will not be meeting together physically because of Coronavirus. But we will meet online for our monthly gathering still. Information about that goes out on the group email list. If you are not on it get in touch.

Last night was the first and nineteen group members showed up. Using zoom technology worked really well. It was great to connect. Fabrizio and Angelika hosted the evening with a wonderful presentation on zines and books. The idea was to spark peoples imagination to have a go at producing one. It was certainly inspiring. 


Home - Group Exhibition as part of BEAT September 2019

We're excited to let you know we have a group exhibition as part of BEAT - the Borough of Ealing Art trail 2019. See below for details. Note we are in a new venue this year - Rickyard in Walpole Park. Hope to see you there.

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We tend to think of ‘home’ as a haven, somewhere we can retreat to after a busy or stressful day. It’s where our family, our partners, our familiar faces and favourite things are… where we can feel secure among the bricks and mortar of our domestic bliss. But it can be more complex than that. Some feel tied down by this image of home, with a longing to escape the over-familiar and make new memories elsewhere; for the elderly, loneliness can be an issue… and increasingly, contemporary times suggest other stories; home is a luxury some just do not have. The world is changing and for many the notion of home is changing too. Photographers from Ealing LIP reflect on what ‘home’ means to them.

At The Rickyard, Walpole Park, from 6th - 15th September.

Opening times:

Fri 6th, 12 - 7pm; Sat 7th & Sun 8th, 12 - 6pm
Mon 9th to Thurs 12th, 12 - 5pm; Fri 13th, 12 -7pm; Sat 14th & Sun 15th, 12 - 6pm

Activities

Longing for home

For some of us home is a place we take for granted, somewhere we can return to - but for others in the world, conflict or occupation has meant they have had to flee their home and are unable to return. They make home in a new place but still have memories of home from their homeland and a longing or an ache for it. Many Palestinians who have been exiled from their homes carry a key to remember home, and as a sign of their longing. This workshop will be a chance to hear stories of home, exile and longing. Facilitated by Jonny Baker whose photo ‘The Key’ is in the exhibition. The Rickyard, 4pm, Saturday 14th Sept.

Photowalk

Your camera and your curiosity are all you need! Join exhibitors Brigitte Flock and Chris Moxey for a local photowalk. This is not a technical session, just a fun way to enjoy photography with like-minded people and perhaps be inspired by something you may not have noticed before. Duration approximately 1.5 hours. Meet at the Rickyard, 1pm, Saturday 7th Sept

Insta Challenge: Home

Participate in the Ealing LIP BEAT 2019 project and see your own photographs become part of the exhibition. Use the hashtag #LIPBEATHOME to tag your Instagram picture on the theme ‘home’ and every day we’ll pick the best one to print and display in the gallery at The Rickyard! Coordinated by Ray Malcolm.

Collage/Scrapbooking Workshop

A family activity for 5-10 year olds accompanied by one adult.

We will explore a variety of materials and basic techniques, which will stimulate creativity and imagination, enabling participants to create their own unique piece of either a collage or a scrapbook's first page! Bring along your favourite printed photographs or cut out from magazines, a poem, or any other special little thing you would like to be on your creation. We will use buttons, feathers, natural items (eg. wood, flowers, leaves), coloured cards, fabrics, and more. Please be aware that the nature of this activity means a little mess should be expected, so wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Facilitated by Bea Maccarrone at The Rickyard, 2.30-4.30 pm, Sunday 8th Sept

Dates/Times:

Sat 7th - Photowalk with Brig and Moxey 1-2.30pm
Sun 8th – Bea, scrapbooks/collage drop in between 2-4pm – ages 5-10, must be accompanied by one adult.
Sat 14th – Jonny: Longing for Home – 4pm
Ongoing throughout the exhibition – Ray’s Instagram event


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.