Human / Nature

Meditations on the relationships between humans and the rest of the natural world

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Urban trees

Ai Weiwei

Wrapped sculpture by Ai Weiwei

I walked into the courtyard of Somerset House a week or so ago, drawn by an arc of wrapped animal heads around the fountains. I only found out later that these were by Ai Weiwei, his forthcoming exhibition, still under wraps.  As we still do not know where he is, it somehow seemed appropriate to see his work hidden, gagged.

Walk along Deptford Creek

A few days ago I led a group of students on the Goldsmiths MA course in Photography and Urban Cultures along the Ravensbourne River in Deptford, starting at Brookmill Park and ending at the Thames. The river becomes Deptford Creek at Deptford Bridge. It was a damp day and we arrived at the park later than I’d hoped, so the tide was already coming in. This makes the river appear to be flowing backwards (upstream).

While most of the students were off exploring the park, Cati, one of the students, from Portugal, and I struck up a conversation with two men – Terry and Paul – who were sitting on a bench gazing at the river. I’ve met Terry (on the right in the photo) before and know that he’s very knowledgeable about the wildlife in the park and around the river, as it winds through reeds and willow trees. They quickly pointed out a fox, hunting on the opposite bank as a heron also hunted at the water’s edge. A family of ducks swam up and down the river, watchful of the fox. The fox, who had an injured leg, moved slowly towards the heron. But as it came close, the heron took to the air, beating its great wings like a pterodactyl, lifting itself heavily into the air and flying downstream.

Terry (right) and Paul in Brookmill Park, Deptford

Cork, Ireland

Paul Ringrose: Medium Fallen Pine, Lissard

Spending a couple of weeks’ holiday in Union Hall, on the south-west coast of Cork, Ireland, with the family, we met painter Paul Ringrose, who has been showing a magnificent set of paintings of woodland interiors, mostly fringing the coast near to where he lives. The show was at the Doswell Gallery in Roscarberry, and came down on 3 September. Photos of the paintings on the gallery’s site give a good idea of the work.

http://www.doswellgallery.com/3/7/Past_Exhibitions/Paul_Ringrose.html

L.I.P Greenwich Annuale

The London Independent Photography Greenwich Group Annuale has opened at the Viewfinder Gallery in Church Street, Greenwich (near the Cutty Sark Greenwich DLR station).

You can download a low res PDF of the catalogue here:

Third Annuale Greenwich_lowRes

or a hi res PDF of the catalogue (for printing) from here:

https://www.wuala.com/Greenwich%20LIP?key=IzQA3dRGpwjc

Or you can view it view it here:

Third Greenwich Annuale

Paris: Montparnasse Tower from the cemetery

London Independent Photography’s Greenwich group is holding its Third Annuale, at the Viewfinder Gallery (in Greenwich, naturally), starting on Thursday 12 August:

http://www.viewfinder.org.uk/exhibitions/upcoming.html

There is a press release:

http://ymlp.com/z8dAIE

and also a catalogue, available online for £1

http://www.viewfinder.org.uk/shop/index.html#thirdgreenwichannuale

This is the first time I’ve exhibited, but L.I.P. is a vibrant and dynamic group, and the Greenwich group especially active. There is also a link now between the Greenwich group and the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) at Goldsmiths, University of London, where I am a Visiting Fellow, doing sessional teaching on the Photography and Urban Cultures MA, as well as the Urban Edge seminar series:

http://www.gold.ac.uk/cucr/urban-edge/

There is just one image from each member in the show (see above). This one is from a series on The Urban Forest: Paris and London.  I will be showing some of this work and talking about it at the next Crossing Lines meeting in Goldsmiths on 17th August, at 6 pm:

http://www.gold.ac.uk/cucr/urban-edge/

The Urban Encounters Urban Photography Summer School is in its second week, at Goldsmiths, with a great group of students now busy with assignments and course work. They will be showing their work on Saturday 14th August.