More Travels With My Camera is an exhibition of street photography and portraits from Cuba, India, Myanmar and Peru. The show is the work of Adrian Whittle – traveller, writer, photographer and former Head of Culture, Libraries, Learning and Leisure at Southwark Council.
Over the last few years, Adrian has travelled extensively and recorded his encounters with everyday people, in writing and photography. He says, “For me, a photograph is often the culmination of a longer exchange with a stranger who initially interests me because of their face, clothing, or activity. I often spend time with them, asking about their lives and listening to their stories. People will often reveal quite intimate things about themselves if someone shows interest, even a stranger. Of course, this means that I must be prepared to answer quite searching questions too, including about my family, income and marital status!”
Adrian often keeps in contact with the subjects of his photography, searching them out on return visits to their cities and presenting them with copies of their photographs. He also writes about travel and architecture and is a regular contributor to specialist culture and architecture magazines. The exhibition will see the launch of a limited edition book, also entitled “More Travels With My Camera,” which includes many of the photographs on show and some of the stories behind them.
I met Raphael in Havana in 2019. He lived with his sister in a small flat on the top floor of a once grand apartment building near the centre of the city. He said that he had been a sailor and reminisced about his life on the sea. “I came to Manchester. I had a girlfriend there. She was blonde,” he said. “It was a long time ago”.
Jeannie Avent Gallery, 14 North Cross Road, East Dulwich, SE22 9EU from October 21st – November 2nd inclusive.
Open every day 10-5 and 10-6 on Friday during the exhibition