This months topic is Darkness – apt for this time of year in Scotland.
Photographers like Brassai and Bill Schwab used artificial light and the effects of swirling fog to great effect depicting the urban environments of Paris and Michigan. Others have painted light into the darkness such as Susan Hillbrand and Jozef Sedlak or used low-key techniques to great effect like Arnold Newman. Perhaps the most important photographs of darkness though are those which shine the light on the dark heart of society and lead to reform as per Lewis Hine‘s work exposing child labour practices and campaigning for reform.
Our next meeting is at the Outhouse from 7pm on Wednesday the 3rd of October. This months theme is “Empty”. Be inspired by the sudden quiet after the fringe, Eggleston’s empty America or interpret one of the words many definitions –
containing nothing; not filled or occupied.
(of words or a gesture) lacking meaning or sincerity.
The minute you start saying something, ‘Ah, how beautiful! We must photograph it!’ you are already close to the view of the person who thinks that everything that is not photographed is lost, as if it had never existed, and that therefore, in order really to live, you must photograph as much as you can, and to photograph as much as you can you must either live in the most photographable way possible, or else consider photographable every moment of your life. The first course leads to stupidity; the second to madness.”
The next DCC meeting will be on Wednesday June 6th at 7pm at the Outhouse on Broughton Street Lane. Weather permitting, we suggest everyone heading out to take 10 shots in 10 minutes – for discussion around the act of making images, and potentially for showing the images at a future DCC…
The theme for the July meeting is ‘Lost and Found’. These two words can be taken separately or together, your choice. Thus the photograph could be be about something you’ve lost, like your youth; or something you’ve found, like a passion for attending Camera Club meetings; or something you’ve lost and found, like your car keys; plenty of options.
Meeting at Stills Gallery, 23 Cockburn Street; Thursday 6th of July; doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start.
Bring one or more printed photographs, to be displayed on the wall and be prepared to say a few words to explain the idea behind your image.
New attendees are very welcome and if you just want to watch rather than display work that is fine. The DCC does not have a formal membership structure. Attendees are asked to make a £3 donation directly to Stills on the night to help them maintain their facilities for our use.