We're constantly surprised and delighted by the originality the work seen and the resourcefulness of members during our monthly CPG sessions. 

April proved to be no exception as the range of imagery and topics revealed.  Here's a brief walk-through the breadth of concepts and locations.  Bob's 'Trees' illustrated the sense of history that can be interpreted through time-worn planks of wood at The Black Country Museum.  Coincidentally, Stewart's starting point was also trees, however he took us in a completely different direction as his arboreal subjects and other fascinating views illustrated the half-glimpsed, veiled world of 'otherness'.  Alex interpreted the essential nature of Venice through intentional camera movement (ICM), whilst Martin, also applying ICM to his subjects showed the colourful, flag-waving assertiveness of demonstrators at a Brexit March in London.  Tessa introduced us to 'Suburbia - Over the Garden Fence', which emphasised how one doesn't have to move very far to make meaningful statements about the world about us. Kaz revealed his creative skills in Photoshop to show how he interprets the world through Photoshop-constructed multiple-exposures.  Eric focussed upon motorcycle mirrors to cleverly frame street-side subjects and passers-by.  Peter Y's ever-resourceful eye, illustrated a theme, wonderfully titled 'Yoga for Trees'; whilst peripherally connected with surrealism, Paul M introduced us to the quirky wonders to be discovered within the (Salvador) Dalí Theatre-Museum, in Figueres, Spain.  Maddy used her artistry to digitally recreate the (mid 19th century) wet collodian process for a series of evocative portraits which paid homage to the work of Julia Margaret Cameron.  Clive showed more images from his continually evolving series 'Behind the Altar' which takes an intriguing back-stage look in the dusty and frequently unseen corners of churches. Geoff brought along a photo-book to share with everyone.  His book is an eclectic collection of insightful photos that he simply enjoys - and we did too.  Thank you Geoff.

'Topics and Themes' - a constant source of inspiration

Clive gave an overview, with many examples, showing how always having topics or themes as a constant background source of inspiration can ensure that wherever we are we can always find material to photograph and interpret.  Here are some of Clive's perpetual topics:  Trees, Reflections, Grot, Pipes, Rust, Patterns, 'Private Parts' (notices about places you can't go and things you can't do), Tatty Posters, 'On the Road' (subject matter on the road or pavement - signs and objects), 'Floaters' (items floating upon the surface of a river, canal, pool, lake, etc.), Whitewash (patterns daubed on windows), Shadows, Subject Motion, Washing-lines, Windows (their frames and/or what's inside) and Numbers.  Below are three examples:

'Dysfunctional Family' from 'On the Road' theme.

'Broken Connection' from 'Pipes' theme.


'Bay Window' from 'Windows' theme.

We explored two fascinating and contrasting 'Outside Sources'.

'Yiwu - Consumer City' by Richard John Seymour:  Yiwu is a city in the Zhejiang province of China, south of Shanghai. It hosts “China Commodities City", famous for being the largest small commodity wholesale market in the world.  Thousands of stalls exhibit multiple and slight variations on a particular item. Each individual seller occupies a space overwhelmed by the very items that make them their living. They sell orders by the thousands to be exported across complex logistics networks, disseminated to a world of dispersed consumers. Link: Yiwu - Consumer City 

 

'America in a Trance'Niko J. Kallianiotis’, dives into the heart and soul of Pennsylvania’s industrial regions, a place where small town values still exist, and where sustainable local businesses once thrived under the sheltered wings of American Industry. In his explorations, he offers a quiet assessment of the cultural and economic state of the nation, as seen through a  through a number of cities and towns in Pennsylvania. Link:  America in a Trance

 

What a splendid session this was with a variety of approaches to subject matter, discussion, questions and as ever, supportive, good-humoured observation.

The gallery below offers a selection of what we enjoyed.

April  CPG Members' Gallery:  to shuttle through, use the (forward) > and (reverse) < arrows, or your keyboard arrow keys.