September's meeting was the opening of the Blondin exhibition. It was a lovely evening on a gorgeous late summer's day cataching up over a drink, bathing in the satisfying aftermath of the exhibtion going up, chatting with friends. It looks great and will get so much footfall by virtue of its location. To add a bit of fun to the evening Nick had brought along his slackline which was set low to the ground for anyone to have a go.
Blondin, the group photo exhibition in Blondin Park, was installed today and is now live. We are delighted to be a bit ahead of schedule so that it will be there for Brentford festival as well as ready for BEAT. [Thanks to Angelika for the photos]
Here is Sean in action
Blondin is an outdoor exhibition of photographs illustrating the life of Blondin Park. It is this year's Ealing LIP group exhibition. We have discovered parts of the park and activities that have caught our imagination. They are on display on boards outdoors so you can view them at any time.
The exhibition will feature as part of this year's BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) which runs over the weekends of 9-10 Sept and 16-17 Sept, but will remain up for several months.
It is live now. So do visit! Do join us for an official opening launch on Sept 6 at 7pm in the park by the boards.
The group currently have two outdoor exhibitions in ealing as Unlocked is still on display on the putside of Ealing Police Station.
Inspired by Angelika other group members brought photos along on the theme Living in London. Here are a few:
by Brigitte Flock
by Brigitte Flock
by Jonny Baker
by Jonny Baker
by Sarah Wilkie
by Sarah Wilkie
At the August group meeting the theme was Living In London. Angelika Berndt gave a presentation on a project she has been working on. She says this about it...
Living in London
In temporary accommodation
The project was developed in 2022 as a lived-in self-experiment.
Over several months Angelika Berndt lived in different types of temporary accommodation in different parts of London. Accommodation types ranged from a room in a flat share, to a hostel, a fully furnished attic apartment and a sublet in a family home.
The experiment became as much a trial to find out how it feels to live in these different types of accommodation as it gave insights into the neighbourhoods themselves, their people, the supply chain and transport facilities.
Having lived in Ealing for many years, Angelika soon was to learn what social support; good access to supplies and transport was all about.
This photo research was first presented at Ealing LIP and is now available as a digital book.
And here are some pages from the book
A review of our submissions for this year's BEAT project was the main subject of July's meeting. The group has been busy spending time in Blondin Park, a local open space that also has a pavilion for community activities, to create a collection of reflections on the life of the park.
It's been a great opportunity for us to represent the range of styles and interests within the group and engage with our local neighbourhood. We plan to exhibit our work in an outdoors gallery in the park and it will be an interesting companion to our Ealing Unlocked project on the facade of Ealing police station, created for BEAT two years ago which is still on show!
We always make time for members to share their work in our meetings and this month we had a fascinating range of work.
We started with some of Aasem's latest images and a wonderful drone view of Tower Bridge. Ray then showed work in progress on his family portraits plus prints of two new triptychs, Inspirational as always.
[Image by Ray Higginbottom]
Jonny shared some great natural portraits of two women, Mariza and Maria, who work in an ethical cleaning company called Clean For Good set up to pay cleaners the London Living Wage.
...and an experiment with six images too.
[Images by Frankie McAllister]
Brigitte is also developing ideas using this technique, taking a documentary approach in work from Brighton and Rome. Another fascinating development.
[Images by Brigitte Flock]
We concluded with a review of meeting topics for the rest of the year. It's looking really promising with a book launch and AI on the agenda too!
Following Robert's theatre photography presentation last month Jonny got an opportunity to put that into practice with a shoot of Road by Synergy Theatre Project. He showed the results at the June meeting. Here are three .
Congrats to Frankie whose photo abandonment has been selected for this years Royal Academy Summer Show! Do look out for it if you go.
We decided to run a little challenge whereby we were paired off into twos and each person swapped a collection of their photographs for the other person to edit/curate into a smaller selection. The idea was to go through a process of deciding what went together, what the connections were, what the appeal was and to explore the issues around selection and curation. So far Dorota and Frankie have reviewed each other’s images, each coming up with completely different selections and now Sean and Carolyn have done the same with their two collections of black and white prints. Their process brought them both to very similar selections, each filtering images though into their different forms of connection. We’ll carry on with this as and when the other pairs of photographers work through their assessment as it’s interesting to see how other people view your work.
Group member, Robert Vass, drew from his long experience working with Questors Theatre in Ealing both as a theatre photographer and as an actor, to give us a presentation on theatre photography. He explained the particular challenges and pitfalls of working in theatre conditions, the low light, the distortions of stage lighting specific to both LED and tungsten, and the difficulty in capturing actors in action. Apart from the constant of low light, the main challenge is that you are often dealing with a moving situation which means you sometimes catch actors in unflattering poses (Robert’s tip: wait till the actors have finished speaking!) so it is difficult to keep that balance between energy, motion and aesthetics. A variety of shots are always needed, often focusing in on one actor with another being in the frame but out of focus, so you need to remember which actors you have shot and in what combination so that you can avoid repetition. What’s always vital is to ensure you have a picture of everyone in a show. Robert feels that his experience as an actor has helped him significantly as he has an awareness of how the actors will behave and move around the stage, and what they are likely to do next at a given point in their performance.
Another issue with the photography is simply timing, as publicity shots for a production are often required well in advance of that production getting underway. So, with no costumes or sets, sometimes no actors, ingenuity becomes another essential for the theatre photographer. The type of publicity shots needed also varies with the production, and some creativity is required to take pictures that are reflective of the particular show. Robert showed a number of prints of different shows demonstrating the different aspects of the work as well as different types of show. He also showed some images of the layouts of shots used in the in-theatre notice boards.