During these strange and unpredictable times, Lenses of Croydon has sought to develop creative ways to bring people of varied backgrounds interested in photography to discuss a book that is related to some element of photography. We recognise that literature has become more accessible for most people, so we’re not fussed if you read from the page or screen. In fact, in some instances, it may be more practical to listen to someone else reading to you as you drive over audible or some other app.
We believe that Art can be a unifying force able to assist us to destroy barriers and overcome some of the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented. To counter possible feelings of boredom and isolation, we have created a monthly book club that involves each participant reading a named book at their own pace. Within 4-6 weeks depending on the book (we’ve got to work with some sort of a timeline, right?), we will come together as a group to discuss it.
For February, we are looking at, Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus: Modern Photography Explained, by Jackie Higgins.
‘A great book – inventive, and persuasively argued’ – Amateur Photographer
‘If you’re after a pocket primer in contemporary art photography, ‘Why It Does Not Have to Be In Focus’ offers an incisive starting point’ – Daily Telegraph
We chose this book partially because it a light read with a mere 224 pages and the way that the text and the photographs that the book considers are laid out, makes is a nice little book for casual reading.
By signing up for this event, you agree to at least attempt to read this book and join us where everyone will be allowed to get involved in this discussion. Five days before the start of the event an email will be sent to you requesting that you submit any questions you wish for the group to explore when the Book Club meets on Saturday 6, March 2021.
Our aim is to keep the meeting as relaxed as possible, maintaining a space where everyone feels free to contribute their opinions while being mindful that each of us has a right to share our respective thoughts.
Please note if you have attended a Lenses of Croydon event within the last 12 months and you would find it difficult to purchase a copy of the at this time but would like to take part in this event then drop us an email. We have a few copies available for a minimal number of people facing some financial challenges. This is something that we will treat as highly confidential. When making a request for assistance, we do not need to know anything about your circumstances other that you would like to attend the Book Club and would like assistance in obtaining a copy of the book.
As usual we will be having a prize draw during the end of the event to aid in covering the expenses associated with running Lenses of Croydon.
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