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Wednesday 3rd October – Empty

3rd October 2018 Empty

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 –

adjective: empty;

  • containing nothing; not filled or occupied.
  • (of words or a gesture) lacking meaning or sincerity.
  • having no value or purpose.

verb: empty;

  • remove all the contents of (a container).

noun: empty; plural noun: empties

  • a bottle or glass left empty of its contents.

June’s reading –

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 ADVENTURE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER
by Italo Calvino
1952

Wednesday 6th June – 10×10

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…

Everyone is welcome as are all ideas!

July Meeting -Thursday July 6th

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.

Donation of £3 on the night.

June 2017 – Sculpture / Sculptural

The next meeting of the DCC will be at Stills on Thursday June 1st.

The theme is Sculpture / Sculptural.

Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start.

£3 donation to Stills on the night.

May 2017 – Protest/Conflict

The next Camera Club meeting will take place on Thursday 4th May at Stills.

Doors open  6.30 pm  for 7 pm  start.

The theme is Protest / Conflict.

£3 donation to Stills on the night.

April 2017 – Reflection

The next DCC meeting will be on April 6th 2017 at Stills.

Doors open at 6.30pm for 7pm start.

The theme is Reflection.

Possible interpretations could include:
Actual reflections in windows, water, mirrors.
Self reflection.
Symmetry.

Some photographers to consider:
V&A collection.
Marie-Claire Montanari
Lee Friedlander
Daniel Kulka

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.

reflection

March 2017 – Transformation

The next DCC meeting will be on March 2nd 2017 at Stills.

Doors open at 6.30pm for 7pm start.

The theme is Transformation.

 Possible interpretations could include:

transformation of yourself,

transformation of your neighbourhood;

or transformation of the world into a really scary place.

As usual you should bring one or more printed photographs, to be displayed on the wall.

You should be prepared to say a few words to explain the idea behind your image.

New attendees are very welcome. The DCC does not have a formal membership structure. Attendees are asked to make a £3 donation (to Stills) on the night.

December Meeting

The December meeting of the DCC will be at Sciennes Gallery, Summerhall on Thursday December 8th, 7pm to 9pm

The theme will be ‘Ideas of Beauty’. The main event will be a walk around the exhibition.

Where artists are present they will be asked to say a few words about their exhibit.

There will not be a meeting at Stills on Thursday December 1st.

 

 

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.

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