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Strong Island Photo of The Year Competition Week 6 Winner and Runners Up

Behind again, really sorry for the delay on announcing last week’s weekly winner. For last week we saw lots of submissions come through Instagram with a wide variety of locations from around the city. We also had loads submitted through Twitter (using the same hashtag). To submit photos yourself via Instagram & Twitter for the Strong Island Photo of the Year Competition use the hashtag #SIPhotoComp2015 and you can always email photos in too to contact@strong-island.co.uk.

We’re happy to announce the sixth weekly winning photo is by photographer Grzegorz Kopacz.

Port Solent Marina by Grzegorz Kopacz
Port Solent Marina by Grzegorz Kopacz (Submitted via Instagram).

This weekly winner will now be entered into the finals of the competition which will happen in December where everyone can vote for their favourite weekly winning photos. This image will now become our Strong Island Facebook header image for the next 7 days until next week’s winner.

Below are some of the runners up for this week. A huge thank you to everyone who submitted! Don’t worry if your photo didn’t win or make the shortlist, you can enter photos every week until the finals in December. You can now submit photos for this week’s weekly winner selection which will be chosen and shown next Monday (ish!). To enter simply email, Tweet or Instagram your photo that was taken in, on or around Portsmouth.

Arches at Night by Sam Carter
Arches at Night by Sam Carter.

Down to Old Portsmouth by Katrina Cawsey
Down to Old Portsmouth by Katrina Cawsey.

Busking by Chris Grant
Busking by Chris Grant.

Clouds Over Portsmouth by Billie Cawte
Clouds Over Portsmouth by Billie Cawte.

Sunny Southsea by Danielle Gridley
Sunny Southsea by Danielle Gridley.

HMS Warrior by Catherine Taylor
HMS Warrior by Catherine Taylor.

Architecture by Howard Hurd
Architecture by Howard Hurd.

Clouds over the Stack by Johnny Black
Clouds over the Stack by Johnny Black.

Pigeon by Kate Smith
Pigeon by Kate Smith.

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 30

Charlie is back with 30th episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:

This week I’m going to fill the whole show with hip-hop. I’m not claiming to be an expert, I’ve actually always been turned off by know-it-alls and snobs and the people who’ve influenced my love of music the most have been open-minded and inviting, rather than exclusive and elitist. In turn, I like it when someone comes at a genre with their own take, which is what I’ve tried to do here. Hip-hop has played as big a part in my musical upbringing as any other style of music and like most people who have a deep-rooted love of music, it’s signposted many different parts of my life.

I hope you enjoy my selection, there’s some really obvious staples and the odd one you might not have heard before. I kick it off with what’s been called the first ever rap record, but in keeping with my ethos to music, who gives a toss as long as it gets you in the gut and makes you feel.

Cheers, Charlie x

01) Here Comes The Judge – Pigmeat Markham
02) Back To The Hip Hop – The Troubleneck Brothers
03) Just A Friend – Biz Markie
04) Ping Pong – Antipop Consortium
05) Blue Flowers – Dr Octagon
06) 1-800 Suicide – Gravediggaz
07) N.Y. State Of Mind – Nas
08) She Watch Channel Zero?! – Public Enemy
09) Deception – Blackalicious
10) Peter Piper – Run DMC
from Sam’s Selection Box :
11) You Know My Steez – Gang Starr
12) Sons Of 3rd Bass – 3rd Bass
13) My Philosophy – Boogie Down Productions
14) Straight Outta Compton – NWA
15) Fallin’ – De La Soul & Teenage Fanclub

Listen to the podcast episode below, or you can listen, subscribe and download it from iTunes. You can also find the latest Strong Island Sounds podcast episode on the Strong Island homepage under the comments section too.

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 30

Stage Times Announced For Common People Festival 2015

The 2015 Common People Festival stage times have now been released and what a line up there is to look forward too! The countdown clock is now ticking and we are but days away from a bank holiday weekend of fun and frivolity.

Common People 2015

The whole weekend is packed with bands and activities to kick start our summer with the likes of Fatboy Slim, De La Soul, Dead Rabbits, Grace Jones and Band of Skulls playing.

Don’t forget that the ‘Day of the Dead Cocktail Bus’ was recently released and is also set to have an incredible line up with entertainment coming from numerous artist’s including, Adam Baxter, Owen B, Jack Harris, Soul 45, Sam Eynon and South Beach Recycling/Midnight Riot Records.

Another exciting release is that of the ‘After Dark’ Sessions which will include Rob Da Bank and hosts such as Jordan Mckinlay, Jody Hannan and Luca Pilato.

Common People 2015

Common People 2015

The festival is very soon to kick off, starting this Saturday 23rd of May on the beautifully leafy Southampton Common. Music will set off at 11am on numerous stages and festivities will run right through until 22:45pm.

The weekend will come to a close with a firework finale in true Rob Da Bank style and the Southampton sky will be lit up with iridescent brilliance and colour.

Rob Da Bank

Follow the Facebook page for more news and updates or visit the Website for build up news. Tickets are still available on Ticketline so be sure to pick up yours! See you there!

 

Portsmouth Beer Festival

Last weekend saw the return of Portsmouth Beer Festival. After the huge success of the May 2014 and Christmas sessions, the Portsmouth Beer Festival team were back.

The festival is “a celebration of craft beers and cask ales alongside a selection of ciders and draught beer”. The team had clearly done their research with the array of beers they had on display. With an eclectic mix of beers, ciders and ales, and tasting available, there was no room for disappointment.

On entering the beer festival you were given your ‘official tasting notes’. This was your beer bible. All the drinks, brewers and anything you wanted to know to help you make your selection was in this booklet in an easy A-Z format. As well as this you got a choice between a half or a full pint Portsmouth Beer Festival branded glass, for all your drinks that night which was a great souvenir to take home. Plus you received a free beer token (the value of half a pint).

Official Tasting Notes and Glass

Entertainment at the festival was well covered. There was a games room featuring a few classics – ‘play your cards right’ and ‘hoopla’, raising money for Samuels Fund and Rowans Hospice and a steady hand game by Sam FM.

Play Your Cards RightSteady Hand Sam FM

Outside in a ready-made beer garden were the food stalls, the smell was wonderful. Providing the food was Flip Burgers and O’Hagan’s BBQ and Hog Roast. It was a toss up between a perfectly crafted burger, a “no artificial anything” hot dog, or a hog roast. I decided to go for the hog roast as I was enjoying the cider.

Headlining the festival was The Southsea Alternative Choir (TSAC), supported by Mr Big Stuff and Fleetingwood Mac. It was the first time I had seen any of the bands, and was truly blown away by their performances. Particularly TSAC who played wonderful renditions of a variety of songs with the lyrics on a projector in the background for the whole crowd to join in.

The Southsea Alternative Choir 2 The Southsea Alternative Choir

The mix of festival goers was diverse, ranging from 18 – 50+. It was great to see a such a variety of people of all ages connecting over something they loved. The atmosphere was fun and friendly with a combination of good music, entertainment and a fine selection of beers and ciders.

Crowd

The Portsmouth Beer Festival is due back this December for another fantastic event, which I am already looking forward to. To find out more about the charities at the festival visit www.samuelsfund.co.uk and www.rowanshospice.co.uk.

Stand Up & Rock! Jasper Carrott And The Bev Bevan Band At The Kings Theatre

Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up & Rock did exactly what it said on the tin last night at the King’s Theatre in lovely Southsea.

Jasper Carrott

Jasper is back touring, mic in hand along with one of his best mates, Bev Bevan, who was part of the infamous band ELO.

Rockin Berries lead singer, Geoff Turton, Celtic Rock Band, Quill’s lead singer ‘Joy’ and the Bev Bevan band belted out old classics including covers of Dusty Springfield, Fleetwood Mac, Status Quo and Marvin Gaye.

The unique show not only revived some totally wondrous old songs but also got some fantastic musicians back on stage performing.

BevBevan

Jasper performed in Portsmouth as a young comedian and admits it is still one of his favourite spots to visit, also admitting that it sparks some incredible memories of the very stage he performed on last night and urges the community to keep the theatre alive and looked after by supporting it with bums on seats and small donations.

Jasper Carrott

It is great for one of our local historic venues to be so highly spoken of and visited by such brilliant entertainers.

Follow the show on Facebook or visit the official Website for tour dates and show information.

Watch Student Film from Underwater Filming Unit at University of Portsmouth

You’ll probably know the name Triton Scuba, they are located on Highland Road in Southsea with a scuba gear store, put on diving trips & diver training and they often set up a diving pool at local events for people to try out diving for the first time. Maybe a little less known is that David Jones at Triton Scuba is one hell of an underwater cameraman and photographer. With years of work diving with a camera for magazines and for TV programmes all over the world, you could well have seen some of his submersed imagery along the line.

Back in 2013 we worked with David and Triton on the Creating Balance project, where as part of a larger project with Anglepoise and the University of Portsmouth we placed a lamp in Southsea Marina for a few months. Working with David and his team made the underwater lamp possible, you can see the film about the underwater Anglepoise lamp HERE). Soon after David was approached by the University of Portsmouth to teach a unit entitled Underwater Filming and Media, a subject very few universities cover.

Recently David shared a film from one of his students, showing what work they get up to on this innovative and creative course unit. Danielle Wiltshire for her course produced a short promo film for Vobster Quay inland diving centre. Fantastic to see the quality of work coming out of this course and to see the University, working with local creatives, breaking new ground (or waves?) with innovative teaching subjects.

Check the photos below from a recent course trip and the Danielle’s film.

Underwater Filming Unit at University of Portsmouth

Underwater Filming Unit at University of Portsmouth

Under The Spotlight – Photography Exhibition at Coastguard Studio

You’ll probably remember earlier this year the Under the Spotlight exhibition held at the Coastguard Studio in Southsea, where over 50 local artists, photographers, designers, street artists and more were part of one of the largest group shows in a while. This Saturday sees the opening of a spin-off to that exhibition Under the Spotlight – Photography that, as the name suggests, places the attention firmly on photographers’ work.

This new group exhibition brings together 30 photographers who are either based in Portsmouth and Southsea or have very strong links with the area. The photographers are:

Monika Feczko-Guzman, Shaun Roster, Salvatore Alessandro, Matt Ankers, Ashton Keiditsch, Aaron Bennett, Guilhem Brandy, Billie Rae Cawte, Thomas Martinez, Diana Goss, Andrew Paul Hayward, Matt Maber, Isabel Hernandez, Elmer Maniebo, Andrew Malbon, Harry Murphy, Jon Neil, Awful Shame, Emily Whiting, Mad Johnny, Cameron Windsor, Paul Windsor, Dario Scovacricchi, Mark Persaud, Connor Warren, Jessica Bowers, Jonty Sexton, Deborah Holton, Yasmine Collins & Ali Tollervey.

If you’ve been following Strong Island for a while or have bought our calendar over the years many of those names will be familiar to you, there is no doubt this will be a fantastic collection of images.

The exhibition opens this Saturday at 5pm, find out more details on the exhibition Facebook event HERE and over at:

www.coastguardstudio.com

Under The Spotlight - Photography Exhibition at Coastguard Studio

Portsmouth Live! Concerts as Part of Americas Cup Weekend inc. Bastille, Spandau Ballet & More

Excitement builds for the upcoming long weekend (July 23rd to 26th) of Americas Cup racing in the Solent just off of Southsea beach with more details of concerts that will be happening each night once the sails are lowered and the yachts are moored up. One of the main nights for Portsmouth Live! will be Saturday night with a heavyweight lineup by the Victorious guys featuring Bastille, Spandau Ballet, McBusted & Carly Rae Jepsen. On the Thursday and Friday evenings will be the South Coast Proms, with The Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines taking the stage for a two-hour concert plus a Naval Sunset Ceremony by the Royal Marines Corps of Drums.

Tickets for Portsmouth Live are available in 30 minutes (10am) and then until Tuesday 26th May. If you have already booked your ticket to the America’s Cup World Series event and and live in the city with a PO1 to PO6 postcode you will be able to access an ‘early bird’ opportunity exclusive to The News to secure your Saturday night ticket via:

ticketmaster.co.uk/portsmouthlive

Tickets will then go on sale to the general public after 10am on Tuesday 26th May. For pricing details visit the News website HERE.


Bastille at Blissfields, photo by Si Gross.

Safer Portsmouth | Bicycles

Portsmouth as a city possesses a high number of bicycle enthusiasts. Whether you are using your bike to commute to work, racing or just getting from A to B. Sadly bicycle theft is a relatively easy crime to commit. With their increased usage over the summer months we need to do as much as we can to deter criminals and assist the Police in recovering the bike if the worst is to happen and your bike is stolen. There are some simple steps to follow…

* Get a good bike lock (preferably a D-Lock) and attach your bike to something secure, e.g. a bike rack or a lamppost.
* Always lock your bicycle, even if you are only leaving it for a couple of minutes.
* Have your bike’s frame security-marked or engraved.
* Keep your bike in a secure garage or shed. Keep the door locked and keep it out of public view.
* If you have quick-release wheels, lock them up as well or take them with you.
* Remove lights from the bike and take them with you.
* Register your bike with schemes such as Immobilise or Bike Register.

One of the biggest problems the Police encounter is the victim being unable to offer a full description of their bike. This makes it much more difficult to identify it as stolen, please take the time to make a note of your make, model and frame number. The frame number can be found in a number of places including the head tube, under bottom bracket, seat tube and down tube.

The Safer Neighbourhood Policing Teams in Portsmouth are really pro-active and offer a FREE security marking events. You can find out your nearest one by contacting your local Safer Neighbourhood Team, you can find their details by entering your postcode on the Hampshire Constabulary website www.hampshire.police.uk. Here are just a few of the events that you can take your bike along to be marked.

You are likely to have seen the brightly painted unclaimed bikes locked up around the city. These were put there by Portsmouth Police to encourage cyclist to lock their bikes up securely. The bikes were placed around the city, particularly where there are increased reports of bike thefts.

Northern Portsmouth
Cycle marking events

Southern Portsmouth
Milton Park, Mondays (13.00 hours – 15.00 hours)
25th May | 22nd June | 20th July | 17th August

St Mary’s Hospital, Thursdays (11.00 hours – 14.00 hours)
28th May | 25th June | 23rd July | 20th August

Canoe Lake, Sundays (11.00 hours – 14.00 hours)
7th June | 5th July | 2nd August

Eastney Community Centre, Thursdays (19.00 hours – 21.00 hours)
11th June | 6th August

Hampshire Police

Strong Island Summer Portsmouth Photography Walkshops

Through Strong Island Media we have delivered photography workshops over the last 3 years to over a thousand people of all ages and abilities across the south coast. Working with Chichester Harbour Conservancy, University of Portsmouth, Making Space, Hampshire Cultural Trust plus many schools and youth groups we’ve developed Walkshops, where rather than sitting down in a classroom you actively learn different photography skills and techniques out and about with your camera, with support from a professional photographer.

We’ve delivered dozens of these Walkshops from Worthing through to Bournemouth and as far north as Surrey but for the first time we’re now offering them to the budding photographers in Portsmouth. We’re blessed with a visually rich and diverse city, with harbours, beaches, woodland, wildlife and lots of heritage to explore through photography. These photography workshops throughout the summer will take place at different locations around the city and will involve a leisurely 2 hour walk with fun & creative photo activities allowing you to find out much more about your camera and how to get the best from it in the future. We’ll be looking at composition, perspectives, textures, leading lines, creating narrative and also how to take control of aperture and shutter speed.

All you have to do is bring along your camera to take part. It can be anything from a digital compact through to an SLR and if you want to shoot 35mm film, cool! If you don’t have your own camera we have a selection of digital compacts you are free to borrow for the workshop. We can even offer 35mm SLRs for you to use if you like. Even if you just bring along your cameraphone you’ll learn loads that’ll make a big difference to your mobile photography.

Walkshops are 2 hours long (from 10am to 12pm) and cost £10 either in advance (booked online) or in person at the start of the workshop. Group size is limited to 15 per workshop. All ages welcome.

Walkshop dates and locations are as follows:

20th June – Old Portsmouth, meeting at the Round Tower
4th July – Southsea Seafront, meeting at Clarence Pier
18th July – Hilsea Lines/Foxes Forest, meeting at Hilsea
8th August – Eastney, meeting at Hayling Ferry Point
15th August – Southsea Castle
19th September – Southsea Seafront, meeting at Rose Gardens

You can book online on any of these walkshops right HERE using Eventbrite & PayPal. For more information give Paul a call on 07752 007101 or email paul@strongislandmedia.com.

Seal Primary Academy

Conservancy Sunset Workshop

Chamberlayne Photography Workshop

Ghost Stories – Explore Portsmouth City Museum at Night

As part of Museums at Night (a UK wide cultural event seeing museums used out of normal hours) Portsmouth City Museum offer something a little different; explore Portsmouth Museum by torchlight as you search out guides to hear dark tales of Portsmouth. With literature classics such as M. R. James and Dickens woven into the narrative the stories will literally come to life right in front of your eyes. As you weave your way around the whole Museum, entering areas not usually opened to the public, you will hear tales of ghosts and murder. But as the tour progresses the stories become darker and darker…

The tour is on Sunday 17th May (this Sunday) and starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets £15 which must be purchased in advance online HERE. Places are very limited so book soon. Suitable for 12 years+ if accompanied by an adult.

Ghost Stories - Explore Portsmouth City Museum at Night

Lyndon Richards Old Portsmouth Houses on House Bricks Exhibition at Aspex Gallery

I first discovered the house brick paintings of Lyndon Richards during last year’s Portsmouth Festivities Spice Island Art Trail where a small street of bricks were arranged in Portsmouth Cathedral (you can see our article HERE). Each brick formed a painted building or house, with people able to commission their own home to be painted. The thing that caught my eye was the Old Portsmouth buildings, with much of that part of the city destroyed during the Blitz bombing raids aimed at the Dockyard, it was interesting to see this part of the city come to life through these brick paintings.

Aspex Gallery have a new exhibition opening today with Southsea artist Lyndon Richards with the Old Portsmouth houses on original house bricks on display in the Cafe from Friday 15 May – Sunday 7 June. This exhibition of eighteen works marks the beginning of a much larger project. Lyndon is planning to spend the next 2 – 3 years painting a brick portrait of every building in Old Portsmouth’s High Street c.1860, with a view to this becoming a permanent external exhibition.

“My brick house portraits are inspired by my dual passions: Art & Architecture. When I paint, I seek to capture the very essence of a building, its beauty, character, history, and memories within. I am inspired by the complexity of architecture, its history and evolution, a collaboration of skills and trades producing works of art to be cherished and loved.

The brick houses — each of which feature a house on Old Portsmouth’s High Street — are painted to scale, ensuring balance, integrity and preservation of the original architecture. I only use house bricks from the 19th century to ensure an individuality that compliments the uniqueness of each portrait.”

Entry to this exhibition is FREE. A preview evening, open to the public and also free, will take place on tonight from 18.00-20.00h.

Lyndon Richards Houses on House Bricks Exhibition at Aspex Gallery (1)

Lyndon Richards Houses on House Bricks Exhibition at Aspex Gallery (2)

Photos from Curxes Album Release Party with Strong Island Recordings

As you will hopefully know by know (we’ve dropped enough hints) Strong Island Recordings‘ latest release is ‘Verxes’, an album by Southsea/Brighton band Curxes. Last night we had a bit of an album release party over at the Cellars in Eastney with The Boy I used to Be, Wyldest and Curxes on stage. A huge thank you to everyone who came down to support Curxes and the label, means a lot to see a big turnout like last night. Some photos from last night are below, you can see loads more on the Strong Island Recordings Facebook page and the Strong Island Flickr.

As you may also know, today Strong Island Recordings and Pie & Vinyl will for the first time have a stage at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival. If you’re heading down today to check out the alternative stages be sure to drop by Bleach where you’ll be able to catch label friends and family Curxes, Gang, The Boy I Used to Be, Melt Dunes, Rickyfitts, Theo Verney plus Man Made, Morning Smoke, SASHA & Flyying Colours. Check Facebook for all the details HERE.












Portsmouth Beer Festival – This Weekend

This weekend the Portsmouth Guildhall will be hosting the second annual Portsmouth Beer Festival.

The festival will feature plenty of beers brewed from all around the UK. The team behind this weekends Portsmouth Beer Festival have put out the list of beers that you can expect to see at the festival this weekend but please note that this is subject to availability.

Thornbridge, Saltaire, Mad Squirrel, Tiny Rebel, Northern Monk Brew Co., Magic Rock, Great Heck Brewing, Beavertown, Dark Star, Titanic, Ilkley Brewery, Gipsy Hill, Arbor, Wild Beer, Vibrant Forest, Burning Sky, Liverpool Organic, Brass Castle, Naked Beer, Staggeringly Good, Wychwood, Sunny Republic, Siren Craft Brew, Milk Street, Triple FFF, Mallinsons, Longdog, Sharp’s, Irving & Co., Bowman Ales, Brewhouse & Kitchen, Southsea Brewing Co., Upham, Hopback Brewey, Suthwyk Ales, Langham, Sixpenny Brewery, Joseph Holt, Exmoor Ales, Thwaites, Arkells, The Great Yorkshire Brewery, Merrie City, Belhaven, Marston’s, Ringwood, Belma and Bank’s.

There will also be plenty of awesome food available along with live music from bands including the Southsea Alternative Choir, Jerry Williams, Fleetingwood Mac, Bog Rolling Stones and Elasticated Waste Band with many more to be announced soon!

Tickets are now only available from Meat & Barrel, Leopold Tavern, Brewhouse and Portsmouth Guildhall box office and online.

You can follow the event and receive updates on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Portsmouth Beer Festival 2015

Southsea Skatepark Featured in new Skateboarding Book ‘Sk8-80s’

Goes without saying that at the high of the 1980s skateboarding boom Southsea Skatepark was one of the key places to skate, party, see skate tours and much more. At the time some 80s skateboarding pros called Southsea and the skatepark home (Gary Lee, Mark & Barry Abrook) and with so many visiting skaters from all over the world coming to legendary competitions the park was well and truly on the map internationally too. Photos to this day appear on blogs and Instagram from the Bones Brigade demos, Zorlac, Ben Schroeder and so many names burnt in to skateboarding history.

UK photographer Paul Duffy and long time UK skater Mark ‘Trawler’ Lawler have come together this year to create a new book that for the first time tries to capture raw skateboarding across the UK and Europe in the 1980s. ‘Sk8-80s’ is 212 pages of A4 full bleed rawness and is being self-published with it just this week now up for pre-order. The cover itself features Scottish skater Davie Phillip with a layback smith in the ‘new’ pool at Southsea Skatepark and the sneak peeks so far see the late USA skater Steve Schneer at the Shut Up and Skate comp on Southsea vert ramp. In a nice indirect way the other sneak peek spread sees Hugh ‘Bod’ Boyle on the Swansea vert ramp which just happened to have Southsea’s Claire Sambrook on the platform shooting photos at the time.

Another nice connection, Paul Duffy submitted the photo of the Southsea guys bombing the Tricorn carpark ramp to our Tricorn project last year…hoping that is in the book too.

You can find out more about the book on Facebook HERE and you can now pre-order the book for £21.99 at the link below:

sk880s.bigcartel.com

Skateboarding Book 'Sk8-80s'

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Strong Island Photo of The Year Competition Week 5 Winner and Runners Up

We’re catching up! For last week we saw lots of submissions come through Instagram in particular, remember you can tag older photos but it is a little harder for us to find them as Instagram tends to sort hashtag searches by date. We also had loads submitted through Twitter (using the same hashtag). To submit photos yourself via Instagram & Twitter for the Strong Island Photo of the Year Competition use the hashtag #SIPhotoComp2015 and you can always email photos in too to contact@strong-island.co.uk. We’re happy to announce the fifth weekly winning photo is by photographer Johnny Black.

Portchester Castle by Johnny Black
Portchester Castle by Johnny Black (Submitted via Twitter).

This weekly winner will now be entered into the finals of the competition which will happen in December where everyone can vote for their favourite weekly winning photos. This image will now become our Strong Island Facebook header image for the next 7 days until next week’s winner.

Below are some of the runners up for this week. A huge thank you to everyone who submitted! Don’t worry if your photo didn’t win or make the shortlist, you can enter photos every week until the finals in December. You can now submit photos for this week’s weekly winner selection which will be chosen and shown next Monday (ish!). To enter simply email, Tweet or Instagram your photo that was taken in, on or around Portsmouth.

Southsea Beach by Koukoutsi
Southsea Beach by Koukoutsi.

Memorial in the Sun by Chris Grant
Memorial in the Sun by Chris Grant.

Portsmouth Prom by Sam Ball
Portsmouth Prom by Sam Ball.

Southsea Beach by Danielle Gridley
Southsea Beach by Danielle Gridley.

Spinnaker Tower by Christos Mavros.
Spinnaker Tower by Christos Mavros.

Beach by G3rzegorz
Beach by G3rzegorz.

Curxes Album Launch Party With Support From Wyldest & The Boy I Used To Be

Tomorrow night sees the album launch party of Curxes ‘Verxes’ out now via digital download on Strong Island Recordings taking place at The Cellars which is sadly soon to be shut for good. Support for the Curxes launch party comes from the incredible Wyldest and also The Boy I Used to Be. Also Champagne Justice shall be deejaying throughout the night. ‘Verxes’ and the lead single ‘What You Want’ has been picking up a lot of blog and press coverage with ‘What You Want’ also being featured in the top five tracks you need to hear over on Q Magazine.  Dreampop Wyldest themselves have also been picking up a lot of press coverage for their new single ‘Danish Longball’ that was also featured as one of the tracks of the week on Amazing Radio. Third support act The Boy I Used to Be is no stranger to Strong Island Recordings having released ‘I Can’t Stand’ on our compilation late 2013 and since then The Boy I Used to Be have released two EP’s on Pie & Vinyl. Entry for the show is a mere £4 and the doors are at 8pm. The Facebook event can be found here.

poster verxes

 

Jamie’s Italian | Gunwharf Quays

I was recently invited to be the guest of Jamie’s Italian in my old stomping ground of Gunwharf Quays. It seemed like the perfect excuse to have a get together with four good friends.

It has to be one of the largest restaurants in Portsmouth as it can seat around five hundred people at one time. The restaurant has a very industrial feel which was inspired by Portsmouth’s nautical past with a reclaimed mosaic floor, old shipyard winches, and a décor of beautiful historic maritime relics. The Deli counter in the centre of the restaurant is certainly eye catching and a nice focal point to the restaurant.

First off we opted to try a selection of their mocktails, I opted for a Ginger Mojito (£3.25). I have never been much of a fan of Mojitos but I am a big fan of these although I would’ve been even happier had if there was a bit of rum in there.

As a starter I went for the Italian Nachos (£3.95). The crispy fried ravioli was stuffed with three cheeses and served with arrabbiata & Parmesan. This was easily one of my favourite starters on offer anywhere. I begrudgingly shared them with friends who agreed I’d won on the starters.

For the main course I chose one of the vegetarian options in the Baked Crespelle (£11.50). I thought I would go for something I’d never tried before. If I’m honest I’d never even heard of Crespelle before although I’ve since found out that it is simply Italian for crepes. The menu describes the meal as a gluten free buckwheat pancake was filled with Spinach, Westcombe ricotta & basil with smoked mozzarella, sweet buttery leeks, Sicilian tomato sauce & Parmesan. As vegetarian options go this was really good however I had a little bit of food envy going on when I saw a friend’s Steak come out.

I didn’t have it in me to have a dessert but I did manage to grab a taste of a friends Amalfi Lemon Meringue Cheesecake (£5.45). The velvety mascarpone & lemon cheesecake topped with Italian meringue, served with lemon curd & blackcurrants is certainly something I would recommend.

I am a fan of what they are doing in the restaurant and will definitely be returning over the summer. I still don’t think that they’d be able to beat my home made meatballs although thinking about it I’m pretty sure it was taken from one of Jamie’s cookbooks so maybe they might.

Jamie's Italian Menu

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Strong Island Recordings X Pie & Vinyl At The Great Escape Preview Part Two

This Thursday both us at Strong Island Recordings and also our friends over at Pie & Vinyl takeover Bleach in Brighton for the day for a Great Escape party and one of the biggest shows both of us have hosted so far. Anybody who has been to Southsea Fest and visited the Pie & Vinyl or Strong Island Recordings stage will know what to expect. The day is also being sponsored by the kind folk at Old Blacksmiths Studio who will be providing us backline for the day helping reduce outgoing costs for us massively. The event is free to Great Escape wristband holders and just £4 for all day without to help recoup costs.  You can check out the Facebook event here.

The second in our preview features the rest of the acts playing the day:

Theo Verney

Fuzz don Theo Verney has played a couple of Strong Island Recordings shows in the past including his first show outside of Brighton and London back in August 2013 and The One Eyed Dog. That was during the release period of the riff riot that was the Heavy Sunn EP on Hate Hate Hate Records the former home to The Wytches, Fat White Family and Kagoule.  Theo Verney’s latest effort ‘Mountain Rose’ and also ‘Brain Disease’ that was premiered on Fake DIY yesterday showcases a much more refined Theo.  If you leave a Theo Verney show without feeling like you’ve taken a piledriver to your neck then you were probably just at the wrong show. Catch Theo Verney at 10.55pm.

Flyying Colours 

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia; it’s fair to say Flyying Colours have come a bit far to play The Great Escape Festival. The psych/shoegazers create a luscious yet visceral wall of noise that crashes down upon you. Their latest EP was released on the excellent Club AC30 yesterday. If you dig MBV, Slowdive, Swervedriver etc then Flyying Colours are for you. This is their only Alternative Escape show where a Great Escape wristband isn’t needed and one of their last on their UK date so make the most of it. You can catch Flyying Colours at 10.00pm.

Man Made

Mancunian outfit Man Made create scuzzed out indie meets post punk topped in brain melting, grunge tinted basslines. The guys are set to dominate the festival season this year and recently had their latest 7″ single fly out off of shelves upon Record Store Day. You can catch the guys at 9.05pm at Bleach.

Gang

Strong Island Recordings label family Gang are quite simply put one of the most exciting new bands in the UK. Brighton at the moment is churning out some incredible new bands from Demob Happy, The Magic Gang, The Wytches, Black Honey to Theo Verney above and Gang are the latest grunge ridden psych band from Brighton to be unleashed.  The doom pop trio have released a couple of EP’s over the last year with Sandscrape on Strong Island Recordings and also ‘Silverback’ on Sexx Tapes. You can catch Gang at 8.10pm.

Morning Smoke

Brighton’s Morning Smoke are one of our favourite new bands. Combining intense shoegaze and aspects of post punk, the quartet leave the audience pulverised from their immense wall of sound during live shows. Thier recordings capture their live shows charm which leaves you wrapped around in a coil of noise whilst gorgeous textures whirl by. In a way they remind us a lot of our own Is Bliss (RIP?) which is a great thing indeed. You can check out ‘Unknown’ that was premiered just yesterday and you can catch the guys at 7.20pm at Bleach.

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Picture Box an Exhibition of Paintings by Ben Walker at Jack House Gallery

Jack House Gallery‘s second exhibition in Portsmouth’s newest gallery is an exhibition of painter Ben Walker’s arresting figurative images. Misty and haunting, like unexpectedly retrieved childhood memories, the artist works mainly on coarse grained linen which accentuates the otherworldly qualities of these shadowy episodes. Influenced by postcard art and by an illustrative style familiar from vintage children’s books, winner of the Jack Goldhill Painting prize, Walker approaches colour in a subdued, unhurried way adding to the ethereal narrative of pictures that linger long in the imagination.

“I use photos and other ‘found’ source materials such as old children’s book illustrations for my paintings. Over the last year or so I have become interested in making representations of childhood rooted in the past, often 1970s and 80s,” he says. “It has to be a scene or composition I feel I can translate into paint and I think the act of translating the image means it becomes mine. It’s impossible to say how I choose some images over others. I like simple compositions and I try to show a lot with very little,” often leaving out something substantial from the original, “so the painted image is a simplified condensed version.”

The exhibition runs from Saturday 16th May to the 20th June and is free. You can find this great new gallery in Old Portsmouth, check their website for more details:

jackhousegallery.com

Picture Box an Exhibition of Paintings by Ben Walker at Jack House Gallery

Picture Box an Exhibition of Paintings by Ben Walker at Jack House Gallery

Tall Ships Open Day in Portsmouth on Thursday 14th

The Tall Ships Youth Trust are welcoming Stavros S Niarchos back to Portsmouth on Thursday 14th May with an open day for the public. You can explore their 200ft Tall Ship, 72ft Challenger Yachts and the Tall Ships Catamaran. The open day is from 1pm to 5pm.

The 200ft brig is the biggest to be built in the UK in a century and the open day will give everyone the opportunity to go on board, explore her magnificent decks and learn more about a modern day square rigged brig.

For all photographers: Stavros S Niarchos is expected to be alongside in Gunwharf at 10am in case you wanted any photos of her sailing in from the Hot Walls between 8.30am to 9:30am.

If you’ve always wanted to sail a Tall Ship, there are a few spaces left on the Day Sail out of Portsmouth on Saturday 16th May, alternatively if you’d like to commit to a longer voyage there is a 6 night French Cruise taking place on Sunday 17th May, giving you an insight to life at sea. On the French sail you will cross the English Channel and experience the stunning coastlines of France and a variety of wildlife. To book and to find out more about the Trust, please visit the Tall Ships website:

tallships.org

Stavros S Niarchos

Stavros S Niarchos

Short Courses in Screenprinting and Photography at The University of Portsmouth

The School of Art and Design at The University of Portsmouth have just announced new short courses in Screenprinting and Photography at Eldon Building, Middle Street. The courses are open to all and refreshments / lunch included in the price which is £350.

From 29 June – 02 July and 13 – 16 July 2015 there will be two short courses in Experimental Screenprinting.
An opportunity to learn screenprinting with access to specialist printmaking equipment and expertise from instructor Christian Bennett. This course will allow you to experiment with a range of techniques and develop your skills and confidence in printmaking. Each course lasts 4 days.
For further details and information on how to book – http://port.ac.uk/school-of-art-and-design/cpd/experimental-screenprinting/

From 06 – 09 and 27 – 30 July 2015  two short courses on Silver and Salt – Traditional Medium Format Photography. An opportunity to learn the format using equipment on location and in the dark room, using traditional techniques to develop the photographs you take including cyanotype printing. Led by experienced photography instructor Russell Squires.
For further details and information on how to book – http://port.ac.uk/school-of-art-and-design/cpd/silver-and-salt-traditional-medium-format-photography/

Portsmouth Beer Festival – May 2015

On Friday 15th & Saturday 16th May the Portsmouth Guildhall will be hosting the second annual Portsmouth Beer Festival.

The festival will feature plenty of beers brewed from all around the UK, including a variety of pale ales and golden beers which are perfect for the summer months ahead. Not forget there will also be more of my personal favourites, the darker stouts and porters. Expect to see beers from the likes of Ilkley, Dark Star and Tiny Rebel as well as local brewers The Brewhouse, Havant and Irving & Co to name just a few.

Co organiser Ben Miles says, “We’re proud that The Portsmouth Beer Festival is back for a second year after the sell-out weekend in May and December 2014. A celebration of craft beers and cask ales, alongside a selection of ciders, draught beer and delicious street food all set to the backdrop of more fantastic live entertainment including the Southsea Alternative Choir, Bog Rolling Stones and Elasticated Waste Band with many more to be announced soon!

During the festival the pub games room will again be open and the Saturday evening session will feature prize giveaways as well as a traditional meat raffle with a modern twist sponsored by Bransbury Park Butchers. Keep an eye out on Strong Island next week as I will be featuring some of the great live music you can expect to hear over the weekend.

Tickets are priced at £10 per person per session (some venues subject to booking fee) and include a souvenir beer glass, programme and beer token. Tickets are available online at pompeybeerfestival.co.uk, Portsmouth Guildhall Box Office, Little Johnny Russells, The Belle Isle – Southsea, The Brewhouse, Leopold Tavern and from our own Strong Island HQ at 12 Highland Road (open Thursday-Saturdays).

The festival is fast earning a reputation as one of the best events in the city. If you have never been before then I encourage you to get some tickets for yourself and some friends and check it out for yourself.

You can follow the event and receive updates on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Portsmouth Beer Festival

The Pie & Vinyl Poster Show: Gig Posters from Around the World at Portsmouth Guildhall

This Summer, Portsmouth Guildhall plays host to an exhibition by Pie & Vinyl of framed works of contemporary studios from all over the world: North, Central and South America, Europe and across the UK. The gig-poster as a medium has changed over the years. From letter-pressed bills listing performers much like boxing match promotionals, to lithographed variety show paste-ups, to screen-printed works of dazzling psychedelia, the roots of the gig-poster lie in advertising – tantalising and bold they fought for your attention, with the sole goal of securing ticket sales. Punk then tore up the rules with the xerox and ransom note collage and with the economy of modern reproduction techniques came a slide in the craft of the poster, if not in their “collectability”…

…fast forward a decade or more and poster design and production began to cater for the collector – many contemporary studios design work with the goal of creating a popular culture artefact, a memento of a time and its sound and the scene growing from it – something to be taken home and treasured.

The Pie & Vinyl Poster Show in both the Cafe and the Zodiac Gallery contains work including numerous styles, techniques, colours and themes and was curated by Petting Zoo. The posters are on display now and runs until Tuesday 29th September, access is during the normal Guildhall opening hours and is free.

Some of the posters are from private collections but many of the framed exhibition prints are available for sale (via the Guildhall Box Office, collection once the exhibition has finished). Pie & Vinyl are also selling multiples from their shop.

Tomorrow sees the special opening event, open to all, from 7pm to 8:30pm. Pie & Vinyl will be DJing too! Cash bar available.

Pie & Vinyl Poster Show

The Pie & Vinyl Poster Show: Gig Posters from Around the World at Portsmouth Guildhall

The Pie & Vinyl Poster Show: Gig Posters from Around the World at Portsmouth Guildhall

Independent Film ‘Fratton’ Premieres at Portsmouth Film Society on 21st May

We’ve been closely following the Fratton film project from its early crowdfunding inception three years ago, through to the 13 days of production and then post-production, teaser, trailer and now with the film hitting the big screen. The film is completely independent and a labour of love for all involved, anyone taking on a feature length drama production should be given their due respect.

The film is a coming of age drama that tells the story of James following a brutal mugging and his relationship with one of the attackers on a journey of fear, excitement and self-discovery. Portsmouth newcomer Ben Caswell plays the leading role, supported by award-winning British actors Oliver Park, Joanna Howden and Edward Mitchell, with key performances from local actors Wil Sammes, Jayme Swiftt and Graham Cawte. Some of the local locations include The Cellars at Eastney, Palmerston Road, Drift Bar, Old Portsmouth and the streets of Fratton and Milton.

“Producing Fratton was a challenge but we’ve brought to life a story that we feel will stand the test of zero budget. Fratton is a testament to the dedication of all the cast and crew so we have been really looking forward to sharing it with the community and get their reaction” – Director Jack D Searle.

The Portsmouth Film Society will hold the first public screening of the independently produced local film FRATTON on the 21st of May at 18:30 in the Eldon Building main auditorium of the University of Portsmouth. The capacity is 200 people; tickets are £6.00 and are available at:

portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk/tickets

YOu can find out much more about the film at: frattonfilm.co.uk

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Strong Island Summer Portsmouth Photography Walkshops

Through Strong Island Media we have delivered photography workshops over the last 3 years to over a thousand people of all ages and abilities across the south coast. Working with Chichester Harbour Conservancy, University of Portsmouth, Making Space, Hampshire Cultural Trust plus many schools and youth groups we’ve developed Walkshops, where rather than sitting down in a classroom you actively learn different photography skills and techniques out and about with your camera, with support from a professional photographer.

We’ve delivered dozens of these Walkshops from Worthing through to Bournemouth and as far north as Surrey but for the first time we’re now offering them to the budding photographers in Portsmouth. We’re blessed with a visually rich and diverse city, with harbours, beaches, woodland, wildlife and lots of heritage to explore through photography. These photography workshops throughout the summer will take place at different locations around the city and will involve a leisurely 2 hour walk with fun & creative photo activities allowing you to find out much more about your camera and how to get the best from it in the future. We’ll be looking at composition, perspectives, textures, leading lines, creating narrative and also how to take control of aperture and shutter speed.

All you have to do is bring along your camera to take part. It can be anything from a digital compact through to an SLR and if you want to shoot 35mm film, cool! If you don’t have your own camera we have a selection of digital compacts you are free to borrow for the workshop. We can even offer 35mm SLRs for you to use if you like. Even if you just bring along your cameraphone you’ll learn loads that’ll make a big difference to your mobile photography.

Walkshops are 2 hours long (from 10am to 12pm) and cost £10 either in advance (booked online) or in person at the start of the workshop. Group size is limited to 15 per workshop. All ages welcome.

Walkshop dates and locations are as follows:

20th June – Old Portsmouth, meeting at the Round Tower
4th July – Southsea Seafront, meeting at Clarence Pier
18th July – Hilsea Lines/Foxes Forest, meeting at Hilsea
8th August – Eastney, meeting at Hayling Ferry Point
15th August – Southsea Castle
19th September – Southsea Seafront, meeting at Rose Gardens

You can book online on any of these walkshops right HERE using Eventbrite & PayPal. For more information give Paul a call on 07752 007101 or email paul@strongislandmedia.com.

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Conservancy Sunset Workshop

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Strong Island Calendar 2016 #SIC2016

Yet again we were overwhelmed with the interest and success of our 2015 Calendar. I hope that you are all enjoying them and it is inspiring you to get involved and submitting your photo’s for inclusion for next years calendar.

We are excited to announce that we are taking submissions for our 2016 calendar. If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit then you can email your submission via calendar@strong-island.co.uk. If you’ve taken a photo on Instagram that you’d like to submit for consideration you just need add the hashtag #SIC2016.

There are no limits to how many you submit, the only rule is that the image must be relevant to Portsmouth. We would love to see more submissions from all over Portsmouth not just our favourite Southsea landmarks so please share this with friends who you think might be interested in getting involved.

Along with Instagram we also recommend you check out the Faded App. I’ve had a play with this App and you can create images that surpass anything that Instagram can produce. I especially love the overlay function.

We have a couple of our 2015 Calendars left but if you are interested then get in quick as these are likely to go within the next week or so! You can get your copies from the Strong Island shop HERE.

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Created Local Special: Immy Smith and the Brain Tumour Research lab at the University of Portsmouth

We’ve featured many local artists, photographers, filmmakers, designers & makers under the Created Local series for many years (over 100 in the last 6 years), profiling work touching on many, many different subjects. Immy Smith’s background, artwork and working environment is something a little different.

Immy Smith is a rare creative, working in what initially might be thought of as two different worlds: one foot in science, the other in art. With a PhD in Pharmacology plus a strong arts background Immy has recently been working in the Cellular & Molecular Neuro-Oncology (Brain Tumour) Research laboratories at the University of Portsmouth on a 10 month residency which looks at how to foster better and more creative working relationships between medical science and the arts. The residency, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, aims specifically to create a sense of collaboration with not just laboratory staff but also the patients effected by brain tumours, which kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.

“The project I’m working on here at the Brain Tumour Research lab is a Leverhulme artists residency where I work in the lab making art alongside science researchers. Our project aims to tell the story of brain tumour patients, scientists and clinicians, through art. We want to make these stories accessible and share the unique challenges of brain tumours with a wider audience to help raise awareness of this devastating disease.” – Immy Smith

Cellular & Molecular Neuro-Oncology (Brain Tumour) Research laboratories

Working within the laboratory environment sees the research staff and artists working in a shared space, with artwork becoming a part of the laboratory environment. The relationship allowing for artistic insight in to the latest treatment research and the scientist an appreciation of creative processes and different patterns of thought. The project has included workshops with scientists as well as patients, collecting stories and aiming to “fill the gap in understanding”; having perspective on cancer analogies, unique sensory & cognitive effects of these tumours due to their location in the brain and patterns of cells and diagnosis & treatment. The creative work aims to engage with all and to broaden the horizons and enhance the skills of both artist & scientists, through this particular interdisciplinary research.

Staff at Cellular & Molecular Neuro-Oncology (Brain Tumour) Research laboratories

Immy’s work includes ‘Heterogeneity Experiment: Ink, SciArt, and Brain Tumour Heterogeneity’ which explores heterogeneity between brain tumours, through making art at the lab bench. The ingredients used are primarily inks – ultramarine and magenta. Other constituents include water and lab filters. Every filter contains both colours. From this limited palette of ingredients are made an array of unique patterns – more than 120 of them. The components are few but the outcomes are complex, heterogeneous:

“The cellular components of your brain are primarily neurons and glial cells. Neurons get a lot of the limelight, however glial cells – including astrocytes and oligodendrocytes – play a crucial role in brain function, and neurons are lost without them. Other constituent cells include pericytes and endothelial cells in the brain’s blood vessels, microglia (immune cells), and ependymal cells (which line brain ventricles). From a limited palette of cellular ingredients, all the fascinating machinery of your brain is created.” – Immy Smith

Heterogeneity Experiment: Ink, SciArt, and Brain Tumour Heterogeneity

Heterogeneity Experiment: Ink, SciArt, and Brain Tumour Heterogeneity

Another part of work produced during this pilot project are Immy’s Ugly Objects experiments:

“Some of the scientists here expressed a wish to depict brain tumours as something ugly – rather than using images of cells which are often quite beautiful. While this project is about using recognisable or non-exclusive imagery (so I wouldn’t use scientific images of cells anyway) it raised many interesting ideas. I previously discussed the scientists feelings of the dread and awfulness, that they associate personally with brain tumours as cancers. Another interesting idea was; what is ugly? Is what we perceive as ‘ugly’ in any way universal? What are common features in people’s descriptions of ugly? Can we use this as something recognisable, something not exclusive to science or art, with which to communicate about brain tumours? I don’t know the answers to these questions, but I know it’s harder to draw ugly than you might think.” – Immy Smith

Ugly Objects

Ugly Objects

Immy is working towards an upcoming public exhibition, with permission to use the event to fundraise for the charity Brain Tumour Research. We’ll let you know more details on the upcoming exhibition and the work included soon. For now, if you are interested in finding out more about Immy’s work you can visit her websites below:

connectingnarratives.tumblr.com
immysmith.com
imaginingscience.com

Immy Smith

Common People Ticket Competition

It’s less than a month until Common People takes place on Southampton Common. Artists performing include Fat Boy Slim, DJ Yoda, De La Soul, Band of Skulls, Grace Jones and Isle of Wight’s Plastic Mermaids. As well as friends of Strong Island Dead Rabbits, Rickyfitts and The Boy I Used To Be playing the Uncommon Stage.

Rob Da Bank and the team behind Common People have kindly donated a pair of tickets for us to give away. All you need to do is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answers to the following questions before midnight this coming Sunday. The winner be contact directly and announced on social media soon after.

1) Which South coast football team is Norman Cook aka Fat Boy Slim known to be a big supporter of?
2) Castle Road’s Pie & Vinyl will be in attendance at Common People. Name any of the artists signed to their record label?
3) Can you name the James Bond film in which Grace Jones starred?

To avoid disappointment you tickets are available from Ticketline from £30 and reductions for children and teens.

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To stay up to date on all things Common People you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter @cpeoplefest and Instagram @commonpeoplefestival.

Strong Island Calendar 2016 #SIC2016

Yet again we were overwhelmed with the interest and success of our 2015 Calendar. I hope that you are all enjoying them and it is inspiring you to get involved and submitting your photo’s for inclusion for next years calendar.

We are excited to announce that we are taking submissions for our 2016 calendar. If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit then you can email your submission via calendar@strong-island.co.uk. If you’ve taken a photo on Instagram that you’d like to submit for consideration you just need add the hashtag #SIC2016.

There are no limits to how many you submit, the only rule is that the image must be relevant to Portsmouth. We would love to see more submissions from all over Portsmouth not just our favourite Southsea landmarks so please share this with friends who you think might be interested in getting involved.

Along with Instagram we also recommend you check out the Faded App. I’ve had a play with this App and you can create images that surpass anything that Instagram can produce. I especially love the overlay function.

We have a couple of our 2015 Calendars left but if you are interested then get in quick as these are likely to go within the next week or so! You can get your copies from the Strong Island shop HERE.

Strong Island Calendar 2016

The Strong Island Photo of the Year Competition 2015

Throughout 2013 we ran a photography competition open to everyone where each week a photo selected from the weekly submissions was chosen as the Strong Island Facebook header image and placed on our Facebook page for a week. We had some incredible images from all over the city, from landmarks such as South Parade Pier to the Spinnaker Tower, to the stormy waves of the sea, the Warrior at night…so many incredible photos we were privileged to share. At the end of the year we asked you, the Strong Islanders, to pick your favourite from all the weekly winning images, and by tallying up all the Facebook likes the winner of the Strong Island Photo of the Year was the below photo of South Parade Pier by Catherine Taylor. Many of the the photos that came in were also submitted to our very successful Strong Island Calendar for 2014 too.

This year we’re running the Strong Island Photo of the Year competition, and again welcome any submissions sent to us in a variety of easy ways. The first is to email the photo to us at contact@strong-island.co.uk. Just include your name, the photo submissions, link to your website/Flickr/etc and let us know if you would like them also submitted to the calendar too. You can also submit images on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #SIPhotoComp2015 and we’ll keep an eye on any photos added. You can also tag us in to those tweets and photos too but be sure to use the hashtag so we know you’re entering them. The photos can be of anything, anywhere, as long as it is within the city. You can enter as many images as you like each week and they don’t have to have been taken that week they are submitted. By submitting the photos you’re giving us permission to share them (obviously) but we’ll only share them in relation to this competiton and we’ll ensure we credit you and link back to your website, Flickr, etc. Make sure you only submit photos you yourself took and have creative ownership/copyright of.

Each Friday we’ll post up our weekly winner on Facebook as our Facebook Header and also post up on Strong Island a selection of images we really liked from that week too. Each week the winner will win some Strong Island goodies. In December the final overall winner from all the weekly winners, after all your votes, will win a big pile of Strong Island goodness including a mug, tees, prints, etc and the image crowned Strong Island Photo of the Year 2015! Not just that, we’re also have an exhibition in Strong Island Co at the end of the year/start of 2016 of the best submitted images and the winning image.

You can start submitting your photos right now!

South Parade Pier by Catherine Taylor
South Parade Pier by Catherine Taylor, winner in 2013.

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Local Photographer – Rich Heath

I always search Southsea on Flickr at least once a week to see what sort of askew views people take on this fair town. Rich Heaths photographs stopped me dead in my tracks scrolling through pages when I saw his sunrise photographs. Simply awesome. Check out Rich’s Flickr Photostream for more photos and head over to his website Hampshire Light to buy prints.

The photograph below was chosen for the front page of The NEWS to accompany an article on the planned redevelopment of the sea front. I couldn’t find the article, but if anyone has a link post it up in the comments for all to see.

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Southsea Show 1970

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Local Designer/Photographer – Weaver

I just found these great illustrations from local web designer and photographer Weaver on one of my random web travels. I’m loving the Hilsea Lido and Carlton Cinema depictions. Check out Weavers Flickr for more Portsmouth illustrations and a whole bunch of local photography and more besides. They would make amazing prints i think you’ll agree.




Sunny Southsea

I went for bike ride today to take advantage of the nice, albeit cold, weather and take a few photos. Check them out over on my Flickr photostream.

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Above Western Parade

The other day I got to go up on to the roof of a house on Western parade with a great view over the common, Southsea and The Solent. Always interesting seeing Southsea in new ways. Below are some photos (click on ‘Read More’ to see more plus there are more over on Forever Circling).

Inside the Memorial

Due to possible damage due to the storm and the high winds it was possible to access the inside of the war memorial down on Southsea seafront the other day. I always though it was a solid structure but it turns out it is hollow with sunken foundations and access to the top. From the plaque inside, it looks like the ladder is for maintenance if there is a lightning strike (the top of the memorial has a huge copper globe).

No disrespect was meant by taking a very brief look inside, just architectural curiosity and finding out something not commonly known about a Southsea landmark.

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Plaque

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Outside

Brickwoods

The now defunct Brickwoods Brewery was Portsmouth’s largest local brewer before it’s final demise in 1983. Many old pubs (and many houses that are converted old pubs) still have tiles and signs with the old brewery’s name on so in a way, it still lives on, just in the city’s background. Keep your eyes peeled. You can find out more about the company here too.

I came across these amazing beermats via Google, some interesting designs. Notice the sun motif…

Brickwoods

Submarine Graveyard

Portsmouth’s Pounds scrapyard has been the final stop for the lives of many military vehicles over the years but most noticeable it has been the location for a submarine graveyard. So iconic was the sight of the submarines as you entered Portsmouth that they became the inspiration for the architect when designing the new swimming pool at the Mountbatten Centre.

Robin Hinson has a large collection of photos of the scrapped submarines here, with a few shown below.






Local Photographer – Marcus Hunt’s

Marcus Hunt has rigged together an amazing radio controlled camera set up with a kite which allows him to capture photos of local places in and around Portsmouth with a unique perspective. Unlike photos from aeroplanes, the kite allows for photos from low altitudes giving way more detail. To see loads more than the photos below be sure to spend some time looking through Marcus’ Kite photo Flickr set.

Old Portsmouth

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It’s nice to be nice!

A new reader of Strong Island recently sent us this email. Glad to hear we’re doing things right and feedback of all kinds is always welcome, as is beer. Of course.

“Hi all at Strong Island

I just wanted to email to say as a recent visitor to your site how great it is to see something that celebrates the creative, cultural and positive life of Portsmouth and Southsea (and I don’t even skate or cycle!). ‘Strong Island’ sums up the spirit of this place so well. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing the site go from strength to strength and maybe impacting on some of the decision making that goes on.”

Best wishes

Elaine

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Meg and Lynda hug it out with the help of Andy.