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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

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.

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.

Themes for 2017

List of Camera Club Themes. 2017

 

We thought it would be useful to set out a whole year’s themes in advance.

We’ll still send a reminder every month, but this way you can keep future themes in mind when you make your photographic excursions.

 

January 12th Open (No set theme)
February 2nd Night Life
March 2nd Transformation
April 6th Reflection
May 4th Conflict / Protest
June 1st Sculpture / Sculptural
July 6th Lost and Found
August 3rd Happiness
September 7th The Thing Itself
October 5th Escape
November 2nd Paradox
December 7th Open (No set theme)

Spare themes (suggested but not yet scheduled):

Contrivance

Stillness

Discontinuity

The themes in heavy type are agreed. Other themes are provisional, but will be confirmed two months in advance. For example the May theme will be confirmed at the March meeting.

In general, there will not be an introductory talk, just general chat, and discussion of the images you bring along. Some months we might have a guest speaker. If so we’ll let you know in advance.

 

January 2017 – Open

January 2017 meeting

The next club meeting will be at Stills on Thursday 12th January. ( Note that this is the second Thursday in January).

The theme is open.

Just bring along some photos that you have taken recently, or talk about a project that you are working on.

The meeting will start at 7pm. Try to arrive between 6.30pm and 7pm so that we can start on time.

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.

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)

continuum

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.

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: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/on-now-coming-soon/facing-the-world/
Look forward to seeing you at Stills on Thursday 1st September at 7pm!
Cheers,
Phil.
Please donate £3 directly to Stills on the night to help them maintain the gallery.
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