Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

After careful consideration it has been decided to cancel the remainder of the current season at WCC - both Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Members will be kept informed of further changes via email.

We hope that you will still be able to enjoy your photography during this period. Our Flickr Group is still active if you would like to share work during the closedown, or join members on Facebook.

Despite a change of date and the threshold of a decade, our January meeting came up trumps with a wonderful and broad selection of work for us to review.  Here's a flavour of what we enjoyed.

Locations both at home and abroad provided a rich variety of  themes and topics.  Taking us to Fez, Judy continued her insightful series revealing aspects of Morocco.  Jenny provided observations about details of classical Indian sculpture from the step-well at Chand Balori, whilst Alex swept us to Rome where, using ICM, he rendered ambiguous our modern vision of the Coliseum, creating a timeless aspect to represent the aesthetic rather than the quotidian.  Eric visited Wales to explore the delights of ever-changing watery reflections upon a shimmering wet monolith in Cardiff.  In contrast, Bob travelled to Scotland where at Leith, between other commitments, during a swift 40 minute photo-shoot he revealed some less-than-savoury aspects of the town.  Heading south to Sissinghurst, Peter provided an insight into the world of poet and writer, Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson, author and diplomat.  The gothic eeriness of Arnos Vale necropolis, Bristol, was illustrated through a series of delicate monochrome studies by Tessa.  

Stewart treated us to a selection of his recent highly observational work which frequently features ambiguity and quirky moments of human existence.  Nigel invited us to accompany him for a stroll along the canal between Droitwich and Worcester to explore the remnants of its past and with contrasts of design and purpose.   

Perusing her broad theme of 'Thanatopsis' Maddy's first set artistically illustrated how flowers deteriorated over a few days, whilst, in contrast in her second set, she revealed various quirky aspects of Brighton.  John provided much delight with his selection of beautiful abstract images, some of which had their origins as parts of motorcycles and cars.  Closer to home, Clive showed aspects of the skyline at Worcester through in-camera multiple-exposures, sometimes with ten overlapping and coalescing images, to meld and shape  the forms of towers, spires and cupolas into an interlocking tapestry.  Barrie entertained us with an AV about his workbench - the point of creation of many of his experimental images.

Our 'outside sources' this month focussed upon the work of three photographers.

We viewed two films about the large-scale work of Gregory Crewdson.  This gave rise to a fruitful discussion about what exactly constitutes photographic reality?

 

Links:

Gregory Crewdson1

Gregory Crewdson 2 

The integration of graphic elements into studies of still-life flower arrangements, 'Deconstructing Beauty' by Nathalie Seaver was another focus for discussion.  This time it was about their appropriateness and the tension caused by repetition of representation.

 Link: 
Nathalie Seaver

 

Rossella Agostini's series of carefully considered images about gender identity were insightful, humorous, curious and playfully ambiguous.

 

Link:

Rossella Agostini 

A full and rich evening, very much enjoyed by all.

The gallery below offers a selection of what we enjoyed.

January CPG Members' Gallery:  to shuttle through, click to open the image then, use the on-screen forward > and < reverse  arrows, or your keyboard arrow (> <) keys.