Easebourne, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 0AW
“Brindle’s Magic Lantern Show”
Alan Brindle ARPS is a native of Derbyshire, moving to Southampton in 1967 to join the Ordnance Survey. He has been a professional photography for 45 years, specialising in wedding, portrait, commercial and environmental photography. During his career he has been the photographer for the Ordnance Survey, Coastguard, Southampton City Council and Mr Blobby.
He became an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society in 1976.
Alan has been collecting all types of old photographs for 30 years, now specialising mainly in collecting Magic Lantern images of which he has a huge collection. He is a life member of the Magic Lantern Society.
Tonight Alan will be re-creating the atmosphere of the late Victorian period. The show will take you back over a hundred years to the halcyon days of the British Empire, when a quarter of the world’s land mass was coloured pink. Queen Victoria ruled and there was a great feeling of National pride and jingoism.
He will hope to thrill you all in the way Victorian audiences were thrilled and amazed by these images of faraway places they could never hope to visit.
The images themselves are all hand tinted photographs, coloured by young women with good eyesight and a steady hand.
The first half of the show will take you around the world, starting in Australia, then onto New Zealand, Canada, Greece, Italy and through Europe.
The second half will touch on the Russo-Japanese War, venture into the melodramas of the day – the soaps of the Victoria Period. We then travel around Britain, touch on religion and then finish with a crescendo of images from Japan, whose exponents were masters of 19th century photography.
Ask yourself at the end of the lecture “Have we improved our photography in the last 100 or so years?”
The answer may well be no!!!