Write up from Nov 2016 Photo Scratch 6

Monday 14th November saw another eventful and fun evening of Photo Scratch at Hotel Elephant Spare Street Gallery. With work from  Chris Bethell, Eleanor de Bonneval, Nina Gusway, Sophie Knittel. Daniel Kallberg and José Sarmento de Matos, we were treated to a range of work-in-progress projects which were insightful and inspiring.

As co-organiser of Photo Scratch, there’s really nothing better than to see a room full of people all engaging with the work on display, discussing the projects, and debating the themes and challenges of the subjects explored.

We have one final Photo Scratch this year, which will be a Guest Edit by LCC MA course leader Max Houghton. Max has invited us to do a pop-up event at Ugly Duck gallery to co-inside with the MA Photojournalism graduation show. This will take place on Monday 5th December 2016, 5-8pm. More details to follow shortly.

In the mean time here are some snaps from the November edition…


Pictures: Siyuan Wang and Hanna-Katrina Jedrosz


Photo Scratch #5 – Callum Wilson

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Photo Scratch was a wonderful event. For me personally it gave me a chance to talk about my work outside of a university educational situation. My work is extremely personal to me and to be able to share it in this forum to people who had never met me before and be able to hear response with fresh eyes was of real benefit. ‘This Must be The Place’ is still a work in progress being now continued without the assistance of my university tutors and peers. It was a daunting task showing my work as I haven’t really spoken about it since graduating just over a year prior to showing it at Photo Scratch. But it gave me a invaluable refresher into how to talk about my work again. I would recommend Photo Scratch to anyone looking to get a fresh pair of eyes to help progress there work forward.


Photo Scratch #5 – Simon Short


I think Photo Scratch is a great idea and addresses one of my shortcomings – not spending enough time in the company of like-minded individuals. I work full time in London to make ends meet and (at least in theory!) to give me some financial means to carry out my own self-inspired photography projects – when time allows me!  But I definitely have not found enough time to get my work out there and to get feedback on my ideas, so this is a wonderful platform to address both these issues.

It was wonderful being in the company of other photographers and to share ideas, and I think this is the way forward for me, and I’m sure for other documentary photographers to realise their own end goals.

Thank you to everyone involved in creating this gathering of like-minded creative souls! Long may it continue, evolve and even create other offshoots.

The image above was taken as I travelled along the back roads of America, my route entirely dictated by the locations of towns with either a British name or, in this case, a part of London. Initially an editorial idea (published in a Sunday newspaper) and now a more extensive social documentary project, staying long enough to meet people & find out a little bit more. A sort of parallel universe. Meanwhile, closer to home and featured in the link below (& not yet shown at Photo Scratch) is what could be described as an inverse reaction to this and photographing what’s in my own back yard and my local landscape between home and work;

-Simon Short

Photo Scratch #5 – Jessica McDermott

I exhibited two projects at Photo Scratch, Recollection and Show and Tell. The former is a series of portraits featuring elderly people in the early stages of dementia, surrounded by objects that retell their life story in a single image and Show and Tell is an ongoing portrait project depicting people with possessions that have an interesting story behind them. The two are connected by their use of symbolic objects to highlight personal stories. I have been playing around with ways to present the work including books and various materials to make the project tactile.

Photo Scratch was an amazing platform to gain feedback on how well these different methods were working and for simply laying them alongside one another and asking which people prefer and why. I always loved having constructive criticism at art school and this gives you a deadline and a space to foster the same type of experience, while gaining inspiration from everyone around you. I discovered Photo Scratch for the first time at the event before this one and I will definitely be back to view work and hopefully to show new projects in the future.

– Jessica McDermott





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Photo Scratch #5 – Nick St.Oegger

Having just completed an MA Documentary Photography course it was really a great experience to be able to show the project I had been working on, about the Port Talbot Bypass (www.ptbypassed.com), and get feedback outside of a purely academic context. Photoscratch provided all the intimacy of a private gallery opening, but in a laid back, pressure free environment. It was great to meet the other exhibiting photographers, help each other put up our work and discuss about our different practices and goals. At the end of the evening I was able to walk away with a stack of valuable feedback I can use to continue developing my project. I look forward to attending the next session and would love to exhibit again in the future!
Nick St.Oegger
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