Art fans strike it lucky at Blank Canvas show

A reminder of what could have been...
A reminder of what could have been...

AT first glance, the snapshots above are starkly different, and not only so far as the use of colour is concerned.

But actually, Memory – the picture on the left, taken by Michelle Williams, and the Ferris Wheel taken by Stephen Dean share a sinister past, writes Sammy Jones.

Both were snapped by the photographers in the abandoned town of Pripyat, close to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

“I felt the lone, single shoe was a sad reminder of what happened and the knock on effects of the people that lived in this area 25 years ago,” Michelle said.

Stephen visited the area with Michelle, capturing the rusting ferris wheel.

He said: “I was inspired to take it because the wheel is so big and colourful in such a desolate and colourless landscape. The wheel was never used, it was meant to be opened a few days after the Chernobyl nuclear accident. It has been sat rusting for more than 25 years.”

These two provoking pieces are among pictures taken by 13 artists, also including Alan Lee, Sally Wyman and Charlotte Alexa, which come together to make up the photography exhibition XIII Lucky For Some.

The show opens at the Blank Canvas Gallery at The Buszy (above the CMK bus station) tomorrow, and visitors are welcome to view through to April 6.

The gallery will welcome you between 9am and 6pm daily Whether your penchant is for people, buildings, landscapes or quirky takes on life, this show is well worth a look

Take a peek – you’ll be intrigued, fascinated and most definitely inspired.