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Stills 10×8 Auction

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November 2016 – Re-creation

The next Democratic Camera Club will take place on Thursday 3rd November at 7pm at Stills.

The theme is ‘Re-creation/Re-staging’, which will be introduced by R. Eric Swanepoel. Eric explains as follows:

“Re-staging/re-creating old photographs is extremely popular, to judge by social media. Typically adults re-create childhood photographs, posing as they appeared as infants or children. While many of these attempts are humorous, some are poignant commentaries on ageing and the way relationships change with time.

Another popular genre is the re-creation of well-known works of art (e.g. paintings, street art and album covers) in photographic form. Such photographs range from the merely humorous to the extremely creative and artistic, and several make political points, be these environmental or political. Tom Hunter’s work provides an excellent example of social commentary, while Bill Gekas uses a single child model to re-create/re-stage many famous paintings. Nick Stem has re-created/re-staged several of Banksy’s iconic works.

Of course, simply photographing particular scenes from the same viewpoints they were photographed from many years previously is also popular, though arguably not particularly interesting from an artistic point of view.

Arguably, the best examples of re-creation/re-staging tick several of the boxes mentioned above, while also being technically excellent.

We shall look at some examples of re-creation/re-staging, with an emphasis on the first two broad categories. The presentation will conclude with an imaginative music video illustrating one of the categories.

After the break, attendees are invited to present their own works on the theme, as usual.”

Please donate £3 directly to Stills to help them maintain their facilities for our use.

Photo Book Group October

The next photo book group will be at Checkpoint Cafe from 11am on the 18th of October. All welcome, just bring one photo book you would like to discuss.

Characteristic Considerations

The keynote is available here.(Large file – right click to download).

Continuum is available in book format. (Click on the cover image to go to the blurb preview page)


Open Call for Work – Winter Exhibition

Please see the Winter Exhibition page for how to submit. Submissions close 1st October 2016.

Photo Book Group September

The next photo book group will be at Checkpoint Cafe from 11am on the 20th of September. All welcome, just bring one photo book you would like to discuss.

October 2016 – Characteristic Considerations

The next meeting of the DCC will be held at Stills on Thursday 6th October 2016 from 7pm,  Donald Tainsh will be introducing the theme –
The theme will be “Characteristic Considerations”.
In presenting the theme I will look at the work of a fairly random selection of contemporary pinhole photographers and artists whose work, in my opinion, relates the characteristics inherent in pinhole photography to the characteristics of the images that the photographers present of their subject matter.
Your interpretation of the theme need not be limited to pinhole photography. In creating work, you should consider how it shows the relationship between the characteristics of your subject matter and those of whatever equipment, media and/or process that you choose to employ.
It’s a wide open theme and I look forward to seeing what you create in response.
Please donate £3 directly to Stills to help them maintain their facilities for our use.

10×8 Auction – Call for donations.


Help support Stills by donating a print – the deadline for submissions is Friday 30th September at 5pm, the auction will conclude at an evening event on Friday 28th October. Please click through the image for more information in how to take part.

Photo Book Group August

The next photobook group  meeting will be on Tuesday 16th August. Checkpoint Cafe, 11am.

In July we discussed –


September 2016 – Self-Portraits

Phil McLean will introduce Self-Portraits for September on Thursday the 1st  from 7pm at Stills.
September’s theme is ‘Self-portraits’.  In many respects this theme should need no introduction, and no-one can pretend they couldn’t find a suitable subject, so I look forward to seeing lots of your work!
The self-portrait has been a staple of art for centuries, but we now live in the age of the selfie, a very recent phenomenon.  What does this mean for self-portrait photography?  Is there even a difference between self-portraits and selfies?
One suggestion made at the August DCC was for people to bring both a self-portrait and a selfie and discuss the differences (if any) – a great idea and could be very thought-provoking!
I’ll be looking at work by various photographers who have featured themselves in their work, such as Francesca Woodman, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, Jeff Harris, John Coplans, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Siya Singh, and Nanna Saarhelo.
If you are in need of some inspiration you might want to head to the Portrait Gallery:
Look forward to seeing you at Stills on Thursday 1st September at 7pm!
Please donate £3 directly to Stills on the night to help them maintain the gallery.
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