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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.

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.


The Wild

For April’s DCC on the theme of ‘The Wild’, we started by looking at photographers who brought images of wild places to new audiences, including the Abraham Brothers with their rock climbing guides and photographs of hitherto quite unknown corners of the Lake District, Snowdonia, and the Cuillin of Skye. Ansel Adams made famous the wilderness of Yosemite in the 1930s, but long before him Carleton Watkins made Yosemite iconic in the 1860s and had a profound influence on the politicians of the day, paving the way for the US National Parks system. This political aspect to their work may counter criticisms such as those of Henri Cartier-Breson that this photography of wild places was of no social significance. Political concerns about wildness have also been at the forefront of work by photographers such as Fay Godwin, with images portraying the impact of land management practices and restrictive access.


Some photographers have sought to portray the human side of wild places, including Paul Strand‘s work in the Outer Hebrides in the 1950s. This is echoed in the work of contemporary photographers such as Colin MacPherson, who photographs places in the west Highlands and islands of Scotland that are traditionally considered wild and remote – but from where? Sophie Gerrard‘s work was another example of a photographer seeking to avoid the romantic view of our rural landscape and discover something more authentic in her images of female farmers across Scotland.


Finally, some photographers were discussed who have explored the wildness closer to home, such as Jonathan Stenvall‘s images of semi-urban nature near Stockholm, and Chris Payne‘s images of wildness reclaiming what was once human-dominated on North Brother Island, New York. We finished with Eric Sanderson‘s images depicting Manhattan in 1609 at the point of European discovery, and his suggestion that we should “dedicate ourselves to granting back to nature warmth and possibility in the cities where we live”.


DCC Wild


The evening may have somewhat broken with DCC tradition in terms of the number of landscape images, but the theme must have resonated given the impressive proportion of people who had brought some work to show! We saw images on a range of takes on the theme, including the wild Highland landscape, elemental coastal scenes and wildlife, woodlands, and the wildness that can be found in our urban fringes and ‘edgelands’.

April 2016 – The Wild

April’s theme is “The Wild”, presented by Phil McLean. From 7pm on the 7th of April at Stills.

For April’s DCC I will be exploring the theme of ‘The Wild’.

As someone who is never happier than when tramping through some midge-infested bog in a damp corner of the Highlands, I am interested in reflecting on the notion of ‘the wild’, or ‘wildness’, and what this means to us.

How has photography influenced our ideas of what wildness means, and how in turn have photographers responded to this concept?

Did photography help shape our very notions of wildness in the early days of the medium, by bringing images of unfamiliar and remote people and places into our homes?

Has photography simply been a neutral observer of the wildness that is ‘out there’, or has it touched on wider social and political implications of the concept?

How has photography and its relationship with wild places shaped our national identities and sense of self?

What remains of the notion of the wild in this age of goggle maps and satellite imagery, where every corner of the globe has seemingly been categorised and photographed? Are we losing touch with the natural world? Does it matter?

I will (probably) be looking at the work of some or all of: George and Ashley Abraham, Ansel Adams, Paul Strand, Fay Godwin, Colin Prior, Richard Long, and Sophie Gerrard, among others.

As always, there are many ways of interpreting the theme and I look forward to seeing a wide range of responses – happy image-making!

Please donate ~£3 to Stills to help them maintain the facilities for our use.


The April DCC meeting will take place at Stills this coming Thursday 2nd April at 7pm.

I’ll be hosting the theme and be giving a short introduction; I’ll be talking about (in no particular order) Baudrillard, Delillo, Moholy Nagy, Mapplethorpe, Höch, Umbrico and Rodchenko amongst others

I’ll be trying to distinguish between artists overt use of symbols, and the more hidden and subliminal meanings and symbols in images.

I’ll also be trying to do all this quickly as I’m keen that we use as much possible time for the comment and critique part of the evening.
So if you have created any images specifically for the theme, please let me know in advance.
Also, if you’ve got any ‘parish notices’ that you’d like to share, come prepared.

I’m looking forward to seeing you on Thursday evening.
All the best,


Next month (on Thursday April 2nd) the theme is SYMBOLS and I’ll be your host for the evening.

I’ll use the podium to talk about some of the artists, photographers and philosophers who have been informing my own work (and my thoughts) recently. I’ll send out some more details about the theme, my thoughts and relevant artists sometime over the next week.

I’ll be giving a short introduction to the theme meaning that we will have a longer comment and critique session. The theme is broad so please interpret creatively.

Please note that I will be giving priority to those who produce work specifically for the evening.


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