Throughout the year The Chiswick Calendar has had dealings with photographers who live locally, either reporting on their projects or using their photographs on the website. Several have taken part in The Chiswick Calendar’s exhibitions Chiswick In Pictures and Chiswick Through the Camera Lens.
We asked six photographers to pick out their favourite, of the pictures they’ve taken this year. Here’s what they’ve chosen.
Julia’s photograph of Kostadinos was featured in Vogue magazine in December 2020. During the first lockdown Julia took a series of photographs of people inside their houses around where she lives in Bedford Park, called Looking Out from Within, to document the impact of the pandemic. When we went into the second lockdown she returned to the theme.
‘I photographed Kostadinos who I know from my local neighbourhood. He used to repair my lamps or anything electric, now he is retired. His window at home used to be his shop front. Now it is covered permanently but I asked him to open it for my shoot. Inspired by Edward Hopper who captured the solitude within the modern city and the individual’s isolation. “We are all Edward Hopper paintings now”.’
‘I always believe in God. When the time comes, we go. Everything is in God’s hands. I always trust God. Sikhs always say “We are all ONE human being. Light is one. God is one”. God only created one light. Everyone is equal. Our temple has four doors. Any religion is welcome. He can sleep and eat and we give shelter to those in need’.
Another of her projects from 2020 is Contortion, a study of how a troupe of young contortionists use their bodies to show humour, sensuality and exuberance. See Julia’s guest blog about Contortion here.
Frank is also a professional photographer whose work usually takes him all over the world. He’s chosen this picture of a beach in Turkey, near where he and his family have a house.
‘It’s a tricky one but I’ve chosen this one of a beach in Kaputas Beach, Kalkan, Turkey. I shot this after I escaped lockdown and settled in Turkey for three months. Because all my work had finished here in the UK, I went out in search of work there.
‘This is my favourite beach on The Lycian Coast and is pretty much deserted in the winter even though the weather can still be fabulous and the sea still warm enough to swim in. This image shows hope to me when all around seems hopeless. It offers a glimmer of hope as there’s obviously someone taking advantage of the situation and enjoying the freedom of a swim whilst everyone else is locked away.
‘It’s a bit of a cliched look of a beautiful beach and an azure sea but you question where the people are. Footprints disappearing into the sea but where are they? I don’t normally like to see that beach busy with tourists but I would like to see it full next year!’
Four of Frank’s photographs – portraits of well known people in Chiswick – are on show at the Chiswick In Pictures exhibition at the Clayton hotel until 24 January. Under Tier 4 restrictions the hotel is open only to people who have to travel for work, but you can see the work of the artists taking part here.
Anna does a lot of portrait and work professionally, often at weddings and corporate events. She also takes the most beautiful abstract and landscape pictures. She also has several photographs in the Chiswick In Pictures exhibititon at the Clayton hotel.
Asked to pick the best photograph she’s taken this year, she chose this portrait of Sir David Attenborough, taken when he opened an exhibition at the Turner’s House in the early spring of 2020.
“David Attenborough. Because he is my Hero and he is laughing, and we need more of both in this world.”
Jon lived in Chiswick for many years and many of his pictures have been featured on this website and in annual printed calendars, which he produced for charity with fellow photographer and Belmont School parent Ian Wylie, where the two met. He has also shown his work in The Chiswick Calendar’s Chiswick Through the Camera Lens exhibitions.
“To choose my ‘photo of the year’ is very difficult. Most beautiful? Most strived for? Most successful? Funniest? Most representative of the year? And I am against sticking to one genre: people, street, still life, landscape, action, wildlife, macro, abstract? I love them all.
“I am delighted with catching Comet Neowise over many nights, and getting some really close red kite photos. I also managed another goal, coming up with new ways of using the camera. But I settled on this foggy one. Fog for me is not spooky, it is serene beauty; a quiet stillness. And this morning had sunlight, too. I have kept 230 photos from this walk – it was that beautiful!
Tech: Canon EOS 5D mkIV, Canon 24-105 f4L, 1/50th sec, f5.6 ISO 400. Davenport Wood, Marlow.
Play of Light was taken in woods near where Jon now lives, in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. You can see more photos from the same day’s shoot here.
Barbara Chandler is a journalist who writes for the Evening Standard’s Homes section. As a photographer her work has been exhibited and sold widely as prints and postcards. Her sell-out show Love London on Regent Street was followed by the Love London book of 180 photographs. She has also shown her work in The Chiswick Calendar’s Chiswick Through the Camera Lens exhibitions.
Barbara has chosen a photograph of a mother and child taken in the grounds of Chiswick Business Park.
‘The spectacular grounds of Chiswick Business Park are just five minutes’ walk along the High Road from our apartment. During lockdown proper, there were barricades across the entrance. But then as lockdown eased these were lifted, to be replaced with more or less open access, so long as you followed the strict social distancing rules set out on placards and marked on the ground.
‘Once again the waterfall was set in motion, decking scrubbed, and the verges of the lake pruned and cleaned. The gardeners were unstinting in their care, digging, planting, and trimming, constantly rolling out new blooms, as the old ones faded away. And the whole place was bathed in an aura of welcome – for loners, for couples, for families, for oldies, for everyone.
‘The Park’s resident wildlife laid on a constant side-show, starring a large brood of darling ducklings, parades of pompous geese, fussy moorhen and a solo heron standing guard, with fish teeming under the bridge. To this was added the man-made attraction of Chiswick’s own seaside – because “Life’s a Beach” said the cheerful placards, proclaiming “Chiswick’s Staycation”.
‘Accordingly we had an imported sand-pit for the kids, and (neatly cordoned off) a stretch of lakeside sand with “palm trees.” a thatched bar, and jaunty yellow deck chairs for the grown-ups. Of the surely hundreds of pictures I took there over the summer months, I’ve chosen this one to sum it all up’.
Jennifer Griffiths is an amateur photographer who lives and works in Chsiwick. You will see many of her photos on The Chiswick Calendar website, and even more next year.
Like Frank, she managed to escape London for a bit:
‘We were on holiday with close friends in Cornwall who we have not had much opportunity to see this year and had the best week of the year with them. One day was spent visiting St Ives – always a favourite with artists due to the light. We were all four sheltering in a doorway together in the rain when I leaned out to take this shot. I like the colours, light and movement’.
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See also: Chiswick Through the Camera Lens 2019
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