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Open – December 2014

The next meeting of the Democratic Camera Club will be next Thursday 4th December at Stills with the usual kick-off time of 7pm; try and get there early to bagsie a good seat.

December will be one of our biannual Open Evenings where there is no theme for the images.

If you are currently working on an ongoing personal project, need some thoughtful feedback on an idea or image, or simply want to gauge others feeling towards your work, then please bring one or a number of images for the group to provide comment and critique.

I look forward to seeing you next week.



Narrative Takes

November’s  theme was NARRATIVE TAKES for the DCC meeting. I was interested in artists/photographers who create tensions between reality and fiction in their work, challenging our conventional scripts. To introduce the theme I told two stories of my own inspired by the artist Thomas Demand. Here is the first story including a short intro on Thomas Demand. There were some inspired photographic responses to the theme from the group which would be great to see added to this post!


This months theme is Anonymous and will be hosted by Jamie McPherson on the 2nd of October at Stills.


The next DCC meeting on the 7th August has the theme of ‘north’ & as always interpret this how you like.

You could think of the relative nature of the word, where one person’s north may be another’s south. You could think of it as a direction, but even that’s relative: magnetic or absolute north or even ‘up’. Then there’s the place, the north may mean Birmingham, Edinburgh, Norway or Queensland depending on where you live. Other areas for exploration may be what the word ‘northern’ evokes: ice, industrial wastelands, beautiful mountains, humour, etc.

Maybe you could bring a photo of yours taken from the furthest north you’ve been, or one looking north from where you live?

Looking forward to seeing your creations.


John Sharp


The next meeting of the DCC will be on 3rd July at 7pm sharp and the
theme is THRESHOLD.
The meeting will be hosted by the extremely creative and talented
Elaine Robson and these are her words:

July’s theme is Threshold. The term has plenty of scope for
interpretation as it is used by many specialities, here are some
definitions to prompt your imagination or to remind you of projects
from your archives.


1. A piece of wood or stone placed beneath a door; a door-sill.
2. An entrance or a doorway, a region marking a boundary.
3. The place or point of beginning; the outset, the starting point of
a new state, experience, event, or venture.
4. The strength at which a stimulus is just perceived. The point that
must be exceeded to begin producing a given effect or result or to
elicit a response (limin).
5. A level or point at which something would happen, would cease to
happen, or would take effect, become true, etc.
6. The minimum intensity or value of a signal, etc, that will produce
a response or specified effect.

It is sometimes a simple place such as a door sill, but a threshold is
always a point where change occurs as you cross it. One place changes
to another. One state of being or mind changes to another.

It is a point chosen to denote the change in levels of a social
categorisation system: the poverty threshold, the electoral

The word threshold has meanings in evolution, biology, ecology,
toxicology, pathology, neuroscience, maths, physics, electronics, data
compression, cryptology, education, and many more…

In digital image processing terms it is a way to segment a scaled
image into a pure black and white (binary) image.

Have a great month of image making and see you in July,

Notes from July 2014 –

The four seascape photographers were: Gustave Le Gray, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Garry Fabian Miller and Iain Stewart.

The image selection considers the Threshold topic with relation to: Inside/Outside, Public/Private, Known/Unknown, Ancient/Modern, Urban/Rural, Man/Nature, Before/After, Youth/Age, Safe/At risk, Comfort/Pain, Equality/Inequality, True/False, Life/Death, Defining moments – Global/Personal and how we carry our own limits (thresholds) with us.

The two books mentioned were : The Ongoing Moment – Geoff Dyer and The Poetics of Space – Gaston Bachelard.

A list of images referred to can be found here.

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