The Group is aimed at enthusiastic photographers who would like to improve their skills, learning about and from world renowned photographers e.g Cartier Bresson, Ansel Adams, Steve McCurry, Martin Parr, etc.
The focus of the Group will be on photographs that tell stories – or narrative photography – looking at all styles; street, travel, fashion, portraiture, social commentary, and the ways photographers in these genres invite the viewers into the picture, to ask questions, to make a statement, to challenge. We will look at different techniques – cropping, composition, lighting, styling, capturing emotion, the rule of thirds, B&W v Colour, post-processing etc.
Members will research images and photographers and then discuss how their photographs are constructed, styled, cropped etc to understand their strength.
The Group will venture out together to single destinations and put ideas into practice and share images in follow up meetings.
Group Convener : Graham Bennett
The Group meets in Grove Avenue, N10 on the first Wednesday of the month, 11 a.m. – 12.45 p.m.
In July 2021 members of the Group, inspired by top fashion and portrait photographer Rankin’s recent TV series The Great British Photographers Challenge, set off around Hyde Park to replicate one of the challenges of the show. This was to capture photographs on a theme, using only with cameraphones, in just one hour – the theme being ‘Parklife’.
At the end of the challenge the group met back up for refreshments and general hilarity at the wonderful Zaha Hadid designed café next to the Serpentine North gallery, where the group had also earlier visited the exhibition of Ghanaian photographer James Barnor.
Members then had to pick three of their best shots to be shared later when they met up to view the results. Flora and Fauna figured prominently, an obliging heron posing gracefully, and a very fine couple of horsemen.
The Group’s next photographic theme is Buildings and Architecture – but with a month to get some great images, not just an hour!