Brian opened his talk by showing a box print and asking us what we thought of it. He explained that the photo was not taken with a camera but with a low spec phone but you would not have known. So what next? An implant in our eyes where we all walk around winking at one another as we take photos. One bright spark in the audience ask where would we fit the memory card.
Many years ago when Brian was approaching his 14th birthday, like many of that age his parents had no idea what to get him. So they bought him a box camera, surprising as Brian had not expressed any interest in photography. This was followed by visits to the Festival of Britain photo exhibition “family of man” in London and nearer to home, photography exhibitions in Powys. Needless to say as the photography bug took hold the box camera was replaced by a succession of cameras leading to Brian’s beloved Rollei TLR.
One photo that he saw at Powys clearly influence him. Mike Davis (a Picture Post photographer) had taken a photograph of a Liverpool recently cleared of the WWII debris with a large sign advertising the latest Cunard liner. Inspired by what he saw, Brian interested in street photography grew. The moment in time. To arrest something at the decisive moment.
Brian moved swiftly on to the main part of the evening, his examples of street photography. It was interesting to see the mix of film and digital photos projected on the screen, rather than as prints. These have been taken over a number of years in a number of countries. The mainly monochrome photos covered a wide variety of street subjects: dogs, birds, people, and ladies.
The show started with a selection of photos of one of his favourite subject’s and one that he is well known for in the camera club: bicycles. There where photos of ladies with smiles, ladies in ethnic clothing, eloquent ladies, ladies drinking; yes Brian does have an eye for the attractive ladies. There where photos of people intent on watching something, looking at maps, and people on their mobiles. All examples of the captive audience) and the occasional photo often in colour of peoples drinks. Brian explained how a “captive audience” made it easier to photography people without being noticed. It was important to ensure everyone is in the right place and looking in the right directions. In all cases the photos demonstrated his mastery of light, the use of shade, diagonal lines and backgrounds to emphasis the main subjects.
All in all an excellent evening. It was a shame more members didn’t turn up.