Atlas Gallery and Photowalk round Marylebone
By Paul Shelley
November, having five Tuesdays, gave us an opportunity to squeeze in an extra meeting. Because a recent speaker, Syd Shelton, was exhibiting in the Atlas Gallery a small group of us met on 22 November to view the photos. The exhibition titled The Black Triangle included a powerful range of images taken by various photographers during the civil rights and anti-racist movements in the UK, USA and South Africa.
Being a friendly small group gave us all the chance to discuss the various pictures, thinking about why some of them were particularly powerful, the compositions, narratives and use of black and white rather than colour. Syd’s images of demonstrators being confronted by police in London were forceful as were portraits of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and especially Nelson Mandela.
After the gallery closed we went for a low light photography walkabout in the local streets and mews courts. As always happens on these events it was fascinating to compare notes afterwards in the pub and to see the wide variety of subjects that had caught our eye.
We all agreed that the evening had been educational and fun, prompting us to think when we might next be able to include a third meeting in the month. Sometime in the spring next year perhaps.