Saturday, 15 June 2013

Goodbye and Thank you!


Bye Bye Centrepoint Collective!



Dear friends and followers,

We at Centrepoint Collective, would like to thank you for your interest in the work we have been doing for almost 4 years now. It has been a very fruitful and interesting process and we are very grateful to all the photographers, photographic community and people in general who believed in what we do.

Unfortunately we have decided to close this chapter in our life as a collective and take off in different directions. With this, the latest project we were working on - Place and Being - has also come to an end. The website will come down in the next few days and the blog will remain online. We will keep the current email for a couple of weeks too.

Finally, we hope that we can stay in touch with all and once again we thank you for the dedication and support every single person gave us.

Best regards,

Centrepoint Collective


Sunday, 28 April 2013

Up & Coming: Juliet Ferguson





Stolen Images

We live in a time of paranoia where photographers are stopped from taking images in public places, yet by using one of a number of simple search terms, thousands of unprotected CCTV cameras around the world can be accessed, and often controlled. Many of the cameras allow full control you can pan, zoom, focus and ‘take’ the shot at the moment of choosing; raising questions about the nature of photography: are these stolen images any less photography than those taken with fully automatic cameras from a designated point at a beauty spot?

 The images were taken by setting up access to a selection cameras and taking a picture at the top of the hour from midnight to midnight. They contrast the mundanity of everyday life with the voyeurism of watching people who don’t know they’re under the all-seeing eye of a CCTV camera.






Juliet Ferguson is a photographer and journalist living in London. She has recently completed a post-graduate certificate in Photography at Central Saint Martins School of Art.
Her current project, taking images through CCTV cameras, ties in closely with her work at the Centre for Investigative Journalism. Juliet is interested in exploring the issues raised by using new technology.  She is represented by Millennium Images and Subject.

To view her work visit: www.julietferguson.com








All images © Juliet Ferguson





Monday, 1 April 2013

Up & Coming: Verónica Sanchís Bencomo


In Christmas 2011 I received a Fuji instant camera as a present from my partner, with three packs of film, each containing 10 frames. The camera and the photographs created, have many limitations. However I fell in love with their imperfection. I became fascinated with the idea of making actual work with a photographic form that once was so popular, but now is almost extinct, the instant photograph. I am celebrating the instant photography in its more traditional form. I have always had an interest in documenting spaces, and so I began taking instant photographs once a week, on Sundays, documenting my life and locations where I spent time with my friends and partner. Thirty Sundays is the realization of the places where I’ve been to during this time.
  
          
          
          
           

Veronica Sanchis Bencomo (1986) is a Venezuelan-Spanish photographer based in London. She recently completed a BA in Photojournalism at Swansea Metropolitan University, Wales. During 2010 Veronica was nominated ‘photographer of the year’ by the Guardian Media Awards, and the Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Photographic Portrait Commission 2010. Her images have appeared at the Evening Post (South Wales), YLE News website and Helsinki Sanomat (Finland) monthly issue magazine. She currently works in a demanding photographic studio in Camden Town, London. Alongside, she continues to work on her personal projects.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Up & Coming: Sunil Shah


Sunil Shah is a photographer and artist based in Oxford, England. His current work explores new and conceptual modes of documentary as art. In 2012 he graduated from the University of Westminster, London with a BA in Photography. Last year, he curated two, well received, exhibitions and had Uganda Stories selected by John Duncan in Source magazine’s Graduate Online Selection 2012. He is currently working on a book version of Uganda Stories and due to curate an exhibition for the Ugandan Asian Exiles Project later this year at the Royal Geographic Society.



This project is both a subjective journey to recollect the past and an interrogation of documentary photography in its use to reassemble fragments of history. In 1972 the Ugandan military dictator, Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Asians from the country. I was 3 years old when my family was forced to leave their lives and possessions behind and move to the UK. This research of my family's origins included analysis of photographs, objects and interview transcripts based on separate dialogues with my father and two of his brothers.  








 




What emerged and can be seen in this fragmented photo-text sequence are objects from dusty storage and extracts from long forgotten anecdotes: there were slowly fading stories and isolated images of diminishing memories. As time advances these stories and images move out of the personal and collective consciousness and move into the public realm of ethnographic colonial histories. 

The full project can be seen here: http://www.sunilshah.info/uganda-stories




Sunday, 3 March 2013

Pablo Allison at New Art Exchange


Pablo Allison - member of Centrepoint Collective - whom is part of Place and Being will be exhibiting his recent commission from The University of Nottingham entitled Empowerment through Art: Photography and Latin American Migrant Girls in London at New Art Exchange (Nottingham). The exhibition runs from  8th March to 20th April an the closure party will take place on 18th April 1pm with wine and nibbles! Everyone welcome!








Pablo Allison (miembro de Centrepoint Collective) quien es parte de Lugar y Ser, estará exponiendo su reciente comisión por parte de la Universidad de Nottingham titulada Empowerment through Art: Photography and Latin American Migrant Girls in London. La exhibición se llevará a cabo en New Art Exchange (Nottingham) del 8 de marzo al 20 de abril y habrá una celebración de clausura el 18 de abril a la 1pm con vino de honor y bocadillos a la que todo público está invitado!

Up & Coming: Lola Gonzalez Caballero




A Trip to the South

These photographs are from two trips. A physical one, around the village of my parents after fifteen years of absence and another one other corresponding to an inner journey, searching the recollection of the memories of the summer trips of my childhood.


Recovery of forgotten memories, the rescue of those voids. This is a selection of photos from a trip to the memory of that little girl who was afraid  of long-legged spiders, the same one that remembers the colour of those evenings sitting on a wall on the town’s outskirts, the eternal walks in the countryside at the shade of the olive trees and the white blinding façades.


A Trip to the South was developed after endless and reflective walks alone on streets and roads, camera in hand. Revisiting landscapes and scents. The photographs, many of them shot "with the nose", recall scents that evoke many memories.


This project is a very personal one, one in which memory is the main photographic subject. All the photographs are taken in Añora (Cordoba), a small town in Andalucia (Spain).



  

  



Lola Gonzalez Caballero, (Zaragoza, 1971). She studied photography at Spectrum, Diaporama, Zphoto and the Advanced Technologies Centre of Zaragoza. She has taken part in a number of group shows in both the UK and Spain. Lola's work has been published in Bex Magazine and The Beef. She currently lives in the UK.
 

  



All images © Lola Gonzalez Caballero

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Up & Coming: Patricia Karallis





On The Cusp

As part of this project, On The Cusp, I invited people who identify as transgender to take part in shaping its outcome and to sit as models for the production of the work.

My main prerogative is in breaking down barriers and dispelling stereotypes about people who identify as transgendered, with the work encouraging an open discussion amongst people of all sex, gender and preferences.
By having the photographs taken in the sitters home and in their everyday attire, it strips them of any signifiers attached to common stereotypes – these are everyday people in everyday environments.


                                             



Comprising of some 50 photographs, presented are six very different people who share a similar, yet at the same time very individual and personal journey. I was interested in photographing each sitter in their personal environment (ideally located in their home) and in their chosen attire they feel comfortable wearing day to day.





Patricia Karallis was born in Australia, before moving to London in 2006. In 2012 she graduated from the BA (Hons) in Photographic Arts degree at University of Westminster .
Shooting analogue, her main interests lie in documentary and portraiture, exploring the way people live. Her work has been featured in numerous online magazines such as Mull It Over, ILoveThatPhoto and We Are Drifters, as well as her series On the Cusp (2012) featured during Photomonth and her Mildura (2011) series being shortlisted for the Athens Photo Festival, 2012.
She is currently preparing to launch Paper Journal, an online culture magazine with a focus on innovative visual artists via interviews, features & lots of original content. To view her work visit: http://www.patriciakarallis.com.



All images © Patricia Karallis




Sunday, 3 February 2013

Up & Coming: Patrycja Poludniak






Internal Shadow

Using the photogram to produce a shadow is like creating images that have allowed us to see the world with a new vision. This process has refined the history of photography and the history of art itself.






Inspired by Manchester Museum and working directly without a camera through investigation of how water and sea salt may impact on the body, was an opportunity to express myself and make a spiritual document of my pregnancy.
The spiritual aspect appeared to be the core of light placed at the center of the figure and the opaque and transparent layering.

The uniqueness of the prints and the process of the artwork are crucial to a philosophical and conceptual understanding of the work - the idea of growing and nurturing a life within 40 weeks.
A unique and un-reproductive body of work has been produced, increasing the importance of creating the shadow through camera-less photography that has more intimacy and feeling than a normal photograph.








Patricia Poludniak studied photography at Stockport College. In 2005 during her education time she had a chance to experiment with almost every field of camera-less photography technique.
By working in traditional way Patrycja learned about new photographic aspects. By being introduced to the darkroom she felt that this was the process in which she would like to produce her own work and practice in the future. 
To view her work visit: camera-less-photography.webs.com
To view her book : http://www.blurb.com/books/3131268

All images © Patrycja Poludniak


Monday, 21 January 2013

Up & Coming: Kate Nolan





Neither


“The view of this faded garden explodes my mind and I get paralyzed, I have no clue how to move two legs, let alone a thousand.” - Natasha



Neither is an exploration into the hearts of young women in Kaliningrad. The first generation to have grown up after the collapse of the Soviet Union, they look to define their identity in this small island within Europe. The women I have been living with and sharing with have generously opened up their homes and their minds to allow me to better understand this link between place, identity and history.





The region has had a short but complex history only becoming Russian after WWII and with the collapse of the Soviet Union it was severed from mainland Russia. This has left Kaliningrad in a fragile position but this fragility is countered by the strong, independent women that have guided me through the stories of this region and the lives of the individual telling me of their dreams and fears. Caught between their strong Russian roots and the new Europe these women search out their place amidst these two worlds.








Kate Nolan is an Irish visual artist based in Dublin, Ireland. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Newport, 2010. Her practice involves working closely with her subjects over time and then illustrating their circumstances through images and text. Kate combines her art practice with running photographic events, workshops and is the director of Slideluck Potshow Dublin.



Her on-going project Neither was recently selected for the Emergentes Award Braga and exhibited in the PhotoIreland Festival. It has also been exhibited in London, Cardiff, Minneapolis and Kailiningrad, Russia. This work has been reviewed in several international magazines and a selection was chosen to be included in the book 'Context and Narrative in Photography' by Maria Short. 

Her work has also been featured in many online magazines such as Foto8, Contact Editions, GUP and Conscentious. Neither is in the process of being produced into a photobook which will be self-published in 2013.





To view her work please visit: http://www.katenolan.co.uk




All images © Kate Nolan