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Our September meeting once again proved how consistent and richly imaginative our group continues to be.

Although we never work around any form of set central topic or theme, from time to time, purely by serendipity, a number of presentations coalesce about a general concept.  This month, for whatever reason, nostalgia, reminiscence and memory were strands which informed several contributions.

Through a series of monochrome studies, Bob Oakley recalled a run-down, many years out-of-business garage, Eric Williams discovered the scant remains of a trawler, eroding, corroding and amalgamating with rocks along the Northumberland coast.  In contrast, through a series of eloquent interweaving abstract images, representing a form of ‘synaptic layering’, Tessa Mills explored the subjective and evanescent in nature of memory.  Stirring many memories, Stewart Bourne, ever opportunistic for the quirky details of life, discovered many subjects presenting that elusive quality, ‘the patina of nostalgia’.  Once commonplace, telephone boxes are becoming scarce and things of memory. Geoff Hicks showed a set of contextual studies illustrating how these ‘boxes’ were once life-lines of communication for many communities.  A fortuitous ‘job lot’ purchase at a car-boot sale enabled David Hall glimpses into the life of an unknown family gleaned from photographic negative plates taken around 1900 which he scanned and made ‘positive’.

Good observation and social comment featured through the work of Peter Young, this time with his eye for a variety of ‘bunting’ – in all its guises! 

With a strong sense of what makes ‘design’ from everyday items, Nigel Reader showed a set of images focussing upon form rather than function.  From the comfort of his armchair, Alex Isaacs transported us to the Olympic Games in Tokyo where he transformed the ordinary into extraordinary personal expression through well-chosen moments and imaginative ICM. 

High contrast and intentionally line-and-form led photography was the aim of Dr. Charles Ashton when his keen eye sought subjects in his observational saunter between The Barbican and The Shard in London.  In complete contrast, Clive Haynes, showed more of his pictures from his continuing theme, ‘Behind the Altar’, with yet more glimpses into the darker and frequently ill-kept, corners of vestries and side-rooms in churches.

 ‘Don’t worry about the weather’ was the underlying theme of John Hoath’s presentation of images shot in less-than-ideal conditions when he viewed sculptures by Henry Moore, a just-closed exhibition of Jean Miro’s work and a rainy day in Bala.  Nearer to home, Angie Hill showed a thoughtfully eloquent series of images depicting the work of harvesting cereal crops in western Worcestershire.

Further to Geoff’s series of images about telephone boxes, here’s the promised link to the sinisterly imaginative short (34m) Spanish film, ‘La Cabina’ which also features ‘phone boxes.  They may never appear benign again!

Link: La Cabina

 

We featured two contrasting ‘outside sources.  Wonderfully created, imaginary yet deceptively believable narratives about time were the creation of Brigitte Kuckenberg-Wagner.  Here’s the link to explore more of her work. 

Link:  Brigitte Kuckenberg-Wagner

 

Seeking to counteract assumptions made about black people in the USA who have gun licences, a set of photos by Christian K. Lee explores this point of view.

Link:  ‘Armed Doesn’t Mean Dangerous’

 

September Viewpoint e-book 
All members' images, together with introductory ‘statements’, are ready to view in our ‘Viewpoint’, page-turning, e-book for this month via this link:  Viewpoint September 2021 or click on the image below.

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