Last night I attended the Second Annuale of the Greenwich group of London independent Photography (http://www.londonphotography.org.uk
). I was one of over sixty photographers having their work exhibited.
The exhibition is free and can be seen at the Viewfinder Photography Gallery
in Greenwich until Sunday 30 August.
The idea of the Annuale is that members submit one picture of their choice, there is no theme, or qualification or judging. Every one can submit a picture that pleases them uninhibited by a brief or a judging panel. This leads to a huge variety and diversity of work, reflecting differing ideas, interests and styles.
The group was formed in May 2007 and meets monthly at the Viewfinder. It now boasts over 130 photographers most amateur some pro. The full range of this talent is reflected in the 2009 Annuale.
The inaugural Annuale of 2008 featured over thirty photographers, gathered extensive press coverage and exceeded the hopes of all who contributed. Commentary on the exhibition remarked on the professionalism of the entries and the curatorial skill of the presentation. Selected as top exhibition to visit in the British Journal of Photography, it presented 34 photographs ranging from street photography to landscapes, from larger-than-life human portraits to pictures of pigeons.
The second Annuale, bigger and better, will present the work of over sixty photographers, a reflection of the growth of the group in the past year.
John Levett the organiser said "The Greenwich group is inclusive - all ages, all stages. From those who bought a camera last week to those who bought one during the reign of the last King, all can enter the Annuale and all are accepted"
When walking into the gallery I was struck by the variety of the work presented, not only in style but also in presentation. Some are very large, some are tiny, some framed, most not. This was an opening night for the members, and we were all excited to see what everyone else had submitted, we weren't disappointed. This is an opportunity to do our own thing and take risks. John Levett was particularly pleased, I asked him if he would be foolish enough to do it all again next year, he said definitely!
On a personal note I was pleased to see my portrait of Paul printed very large, showing every pore and pimple. I invited Paul along but was a bit worried about what he might think - I wouldn't want to see my own face that big. I needn’t have worried; his girlfriend said she loved it, so I think Paul was happy.
I actually met Paul at last Year's Annuale and asked him to sit for me. Last night I was scanning the room looking for another victim to present at next years Annuale; I have a tentative offer. It would be nice to keep the cycle going.
If you get a chance go along and have a look, who knows, you might be inspired to present one of your own Photos next year.