Grow Heathrow feature in fLIP magazine

This is the second spread using some of the pictures I took at Grow Heathrow (see earlier post from Inside Housing). It’s the showcase magazine for members of London Independent Photographers, of which I have been a member for 6-7 years, and run the Shoreditch Satellite group meeting.

I’m so used to seeing my “precious” photos cropped, that it’s great to see these images reproduced as they were taken, and also my text unedited printed on quality glossy paper!

If you’re a photographer and not a member of LIP, do join as you’ll receive this magazine 3 times a year, amongst other benefits.

 

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.