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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.
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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.
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August 2016 – Postfactualism

Elaine Robson will introduce Postfactualism for this months theme on Thursday 4th August from 7pm at Stills.

As we progress through referendums, leadership elections and are bombarded with the USA presidential candidate races, the “truthiness” (Colbert Report) of facts as they are presented to us becomes more and more in question.

Looking through Adam Broomberg’s instagram he reposted a quote from the comments section of a Brexit story in the Financial Times which went viral. The quote seems to define the next era, how we move beyond the age of postmodernism into the era of postfactualism.

Nicholas Barrett posted –  “…Thirdly and perhaps most significantly, we now live in a post-factual democracy. When the facts met the myths they were useless as bullets bouncing off the bodies of aliens in a HG Wells novel. When Michael Gove said ‘the British people are sick of experts’ he was right. But can anybody tell me the last time a prevailing culture of anti-intellectualism has lead to anything other than bigotry?”

I’ll be taking a non-partisan look at how images are used to form and support the stories being told by politicians and public figures – often at the expense of verified facts. I hope people will bring in images of their own coverage of events or examples of “truthiness” and postfactualism in action.

If anyone has particular images from the press they would like mentioned please email a link.

Please donate £3 directly to Stills on the night to help them maintain the gallery.

July 2016 – Form

David Buchanan will introduce Form for this months theme on Thursday 7th July from 7pm at Stills.

This month’s theme is Form. I will explore Form through the work of sculptors (such as Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore), painters (e.g. Alison Watt) and photographers: Edward Weston, Lucien Clergue, and others.

In preparing your own work for the theme you may wish to be guided by these quotations:

Wikipedia: Form is the shape, visual appearance, constitution or configuration of an object. In a wider sense, the form is the way something is or happens.

Paul Hill: Form, in photography, refers to the arrangement or ‘gestures’ of shapes made by the tones, not necessarily by the objects photographed.

Paul Hill: There could be as much grandeur in a photograph of forms made by the light and shade on the back wall of your house as there is in the picture of a distant mountain range.

But, don’t feel limited by them.

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