Monday Comes Very Quickly

Michael McGuinness’ work, Monday Comes Very Quickly

Once a month I host a night of discussion for photographers in Shoreditch, London. We are a satellite group of London Independent Photographers (LIP) which has been running for over 25 years, and has a great magazine showcasing members’ work 3 times a year.

In our group we showcase finished work and projects in progress. Last night, by chance, turned out to be a Mental Health Special, as 3 out of 4 of the showcased photographers had work connected to the subject.

Michael McGuinness kicked off, a recent graduate of Photojournalism MA at Westminster University. He has been working in collaboration with Birmingham and Solihull Health Trust, and has photographed patients within their care. It’s a mixture of portraits and reportage-style images presented as a final piece in a newspaper, plus more experimental media within his exhibition. He even printed one of his images on a lady’s headscarf, amongst the items that are for sale. Michael has had paid work offered to him to continue similar projects, which indicates that he has made a successful impression on the Health Trust. So is this a way for clients to undergo therapy? Apparently so, as Michael encourages subjects to use cameras while he’s engaging with them.

I am excited to see how the work evolves, as the photographer is committed to continue along the broad theme of mental health. He’s produced a great set of images, though I think his work will only get stronger the more he engages with the subject.



The World in London

Oxford Street, London

Rarely have I been so gripped by a photography exhibition as I was by The World in London, which depicts a London inhabitant from every single country of the world (well, almost.) Each portrait was taken by a different photographer, so the style varies considerably, and the best thing of all that it’s not in a gallery, but accessible to all those 1000s of people who walk along Oxford Street every day. My favourite is the portrait taken in the unmistakable London ambience of a tube carriage of a Yemenite. The exhibition is up for the duration of the Olympic Games until September 9th 2012.

My own attempt at featuring countries of the world in one unifying theme is my Waiting for the Bus photography project. It includes quirky fruit bus stops in Japan and fast food themed ones in Bangkok.



London Villages Project Exhibition

London Villages Project at Goldsmiths, University of London

London Villages Project is now hung at University of London in Goldsmith’s. It is a collaboration of 100 or so photographers who each took it upon themselves to explore and document a different part or aspect of London. It was important for me as it gave me an extra push to begin my work on Transition Towns, It was also a pleasure to be involved in  a body of work which was part of a larger story, a fascinating picture of contemporary London told by different characters from altering perspectives.