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.”

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