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PRIMARY – A Phoneography Exhibition by Strong Island – Call for Entries & Terms

This year we are be proud to announce our latest exhibition PRIMARY, a Phoneography exhibition by Strong Island and we are even happier to announce that it’s open to you, the readers.

With the continuing increase in impressive camera technology in mobile phones and the ability to alter, tweak, post process and upload the photos to social media networks and websites like Instagram, the popularity of Phoneography has never been greater.

The ‘of the moment’ ability to take a photo at almost any time and any place by most people has really driven the fact that the camera does not make the photographer. By which I mean, you don’t need an expensive camera to take outstanding photos.

Agreed, the quality of the physical image may not stand up to the big guns, but new learnings in composition, style and aesthetic by a new generation of camera users via online media has really driven this popularity, and encourage people to go beyond a ‘quick shot’.

PRIMARY invites you to get out and about around Portsea with your mobile phone camera and take photos of anything and everything based around the three primary colours red, yellow and blue. What you photograph is entirely up to you, but submissions will only be accepted if they stick to the theme. Photos can be taken on any mobile phone model and we ask that a maximum of 10 photos per applicant are sent in to primary@strong-island.co.uk.

Please submit along with your photographs your name, photo title, phone model, location of photo on the island and any post process apps you used, if any, to achieve the final shot. Please note that all submitted photos will be cropped square in order to be displayed. This is mainly due to the number of Phoneography photos that are already in square format.

The call for entires has begun and the deadline is the 4th of May 2012 with the exhibition being held shorty after at Bonzo Studios on Albert Road who are also partnering up with us in the creation of the exhibition space.

We will be putting together a poster for the exhibition that will be on sale on the opening night. The poster will feature some of the best submissions and all profits from the sales will go to a local charity (details to follow soon). Due to this we need to say that any photos submitted to PRIMARY will involve you giving us permission to use them for commercial purposes, if you do not want your photo used in this way simply let us know via email.

Finally, we will be running a competition as part of the exhibition where the best three photos submitted will win some incredible prizes. We will be announcing the prizes available very soon but we’ve got to say that this will be one of the best prize hauls we have ever offered.

Well, that is it for now! We really hope to drum up as much coverage locally for PRIMARY so if you could Facebook/Tweet/+1 about the exhibition we would really appreciate it. We would love this exhibition to be a real reflection of the whole population of Portsmouth with everyone taking part and feeling involved.

You can download the posters HERE and HERE and it would be great if you could help promote not only our exhibition but your exhibition by putting them up locally.

Poster by Tristan Savage & Photo by Paul Gonella

29 Comments to PRIMARY – A Phoneography Exhibition by Strong Island – Call for Entries & Terms

  1. Smart. Great poster too.

    Charlie on November 24th, 2011
  2. Something “has really driven the fact that the camera does not make the photographer”? Do you really mean that? I think that this is a little ill informed because it never has!

    Wolf on November 24th, 2011
  3. I’ve seen thousands of photographs from ‘professionals’ using high end equipment that can’t take a decent photo. So, yeah, and it’s more opinion than anything else to be fair.

    Tristan Savage on November 24th, 2011
  4. — ‘Something “has really driven the fact that the camera does not make the photographer”? Do you really mean that? I think that this is a little ill informed because it never has! —

    I think the point of this competition is to confirm that the best camera is the one you have on you at the time.

    Dean on November 24th, 2011
  5. Sounds good to me! I’ll have to get a few in myself!

    stu barker on November 24th, 2011
  6. I’m well up form this, can’t wait. But…. as well know Paul Gonella is the God of photography so are we all competing for 2nd place here?

    Ben Mills on November 24th, 2011
  7. Ha. Gonz is banned from entry, but I’m sure he’s open to beer bribes to bring him in as a ringer.

    Tristan Savage on November 24th, 2011
  8. Love this! Just got to try and whittle in down to 3…

    Nice poster. My photos will definitely not be that good…

    Karl March on November 24th, 2011
  9. Love the poster, its peachy and pretty! Cant wait to get snapping x

    Lou on November 25th, 2011
  10. Hello,

    don’t mean to be a pain, but Red, Green, Blue are not the primary colours are they? RGB are the three transmissive colours of LED displays, but green is not a primary colour [made up of yellow and blue, isn’t it?].

    was going to send a pic in. Should i find RGB?

    …. (?)

    Emma Beatty on November 30th, 2011
  11. You’re quite right. It’s a typo on my part, I work all day in RGB and just automatically wrote it down and went from there. Amazed it took this long to be spotted, ha.

    Tristan Savage on November 30th, 2011
  12. Portsea only :(

    Dolf on December 16th, 2011
  13. Portsea Island is a big place

    claire sambrook on December 16th, 2011
  14. Found this Street Verb video on street photography using a mobile phone.Some ideas on how to approach street photography. It also has the combination of a ‘professional’ and a mobile phone…
    http://streetreverbmagazine.com/2011/12/20/shoot-and-move-on-peter-dench-video-xperiastudio/

    juyd Valentine on December 22nd, 2011
  15. I’ve only just seen this great idea :-( gutted too late to enter – am I? Love photographing Portsmouth it’s so pretty

    Nina on February 3rd, 2012
  16. Hey Nina. Primary has been extended. Please see the latest post in features below.

    Tristan Savage on February 7th, 2012
  17. So pleased this has become so big. Great to see the increased coverage. Wish I had time to keep up with my iPhone Photo of the Week… Mayhem! calls.

    Daniel Tidbury on March 29th, 2012

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Features

Victorious Festival 2016

Victorious Festival have announced the first wave of acts to perform at this August’s festival. Portsmouth has always been very much an ‘indie city’ and the news that Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be taking stage on Southsea Common is likely to excite most of Portsmouth. Joining Noel will be Manic Street Preachers and Mark Ronson.

Saturday night will see The Manic Street Preachers performance will coincide with the 20th anniversary of their triple platinum selling album Everything Must Go.

“We’re so excited to be announcing this line up. It’s taken a lot of hard work but we couldn’t be more pleased to be bringing Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Manics to Portsmouth. It’s going to be an incredible year for both Victorious and Portsmouth.” – Andy Marsh, Festival Director.

Also announced for the festival will be The Levellers, Ash, The Coral, Jack Savoretti, Space, Echo & the Bunnymen, Will Young, Selector and Emmy the Great. Of course you can expect a host of the best local acts performing at the festival.

If you need reminding of what you missed last year then check out the highlights from Strong Island Media.

The organisers are always looking to evolve and develop and have also announced that this year there will be a giant circus tent up in the kids’ arena as well as a whole host of free entertainment and activities for children and their families. It goes without saying that you will see Strong Island and many other local traders offering some of the finest food, booze, craft and clothing.

The festival will take place on Saturday 27th (my birthday!) and Sunday 28th of August. Don’t be surprised if they managed to beat last years figures which saw 100,000 spectators on Southsea Common over the weekend. If you would like to be there this year then you can get your hands on tickets from their website www.victoriousfestival.co.uk.

You can stay up to date on all things Victorious via Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

Victorious Festival 2016 Initial Line-Up

Victorious Festival by Todd Lawton
Photo by Todd Lawton
Victorious Festival 2015 by Jack Daly
Photo by by Jack Daly
Victorious Festival by Gavin Withey
Photo by Gavin Withey

Strong Island, Dumpster Design and Community Fusion Collab

We recently joined forces with Portsmouth-based Dumpster Design and Community Fusion to bring together local young creatives and volunteers to construct a stunning bespoke dress made entirely from out of date promotional materials. Community Fusion volunteers along with students from Havant College and Portsmouth Academy For Girls took part in the project.

Dumpster Design dresses are a powerful concept of wearable art created from unusable and surplus materials. The dress offers a positive way to support sustainability and repurpose materials in an eye catching and utterly unique way.

Dumpster Design’s founder and designer Daisy Harris-Burland described how “This has been a fantastic opportunity to work with Strong Island and Community Fusion to design, create and work with such a wonderful group of young volunteers.” The end result as modelled by our shop manager Lara is not only striking but also encompasses iconic aspects of the nautical Strong Island brand with over 300 origami boats and 200 anchor medallions intertwined in the design of the dress.

You can find the dress currently on display in store now so pop in and check it out yourself.

You can find out more about Dumpster Design over on their website www.dumpsterdesign.co.uk.

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Photos by Aduroe Photography

Created Local – Instagram @JonathanPink

Welcome to the first of a new Strong Island feature where we are looking to celebrate some of our favourite Instagram photographers who have links with our city. The first of which is Jonathan Pink who you can follow yourself on Instagram as @JonathanPink.

Can you tell us a little about yourself, where you are from and your links with Portsmouth if no longer living here?

I haven’t always been local to Portsmouth, but always visited and taken a keen interest in the city, it’s history and connection to the sea. I moved to Southsea two years ago after regularly visiting the city, getting to know it’s quirks and scratching the surface of what it’s about. I’m a graphic designer and commute to my job out of the city, I live with my partner and Miniature Dachshund name Hugo.

Do you have a favoured camera or device that you use for your Instagram photography?

I always use my iPhone6 for my Instagram photography. For me, Instagram is that instant capture of a moment in my life and the things I see. The phone makes it quick, easy and accessible.

Can you tell us more about your photographic experience, is this something that you’ve studied or maybe a hobby which you’ve developed?

Being a graphic designer, I consider myself a creative thinker and have always enjoyed different expressions of this. Photography being one. I own a Canon digital SLR which I use occasionally or for specific shoots, events or days out. I’ve never been trained in photography, but have naturally picked up the functionality and use of a camera on my way, capturing a great shot is something which come s little more naturally being a designer.

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Would you say that you take photos more for yourself or for others?

I take photographs for myself primarily, the instant enjoyment of finding, capturing and posting a photo of my everyday life. That said, my Instagram account is public, so there is a nature of enjoying other photography and them enjoying what I have taken.

Exploring the theme of the “Local”, Portsmouth has a wide variety of climatic conditions, buildings and landscapes. Are there any local places or environments that are personal to you or that you love to photograph for a particular reason?

Not coming from a city on the sea, I genuinely appreciate the shoreline, sea and walking our dog. The constant change in weather, seasons and activity makes this space an interesting one to live beside and take photographs of. From the summer sunsets, eerie fog, busy shipping lanes to the stormy solent. This space gives so much to me.

Are their any other photographers who either influence you or that you would encourage our readers to also check out?

Instagram photographers include the Isle of Wight based photographer Chad Powell (@isleofwightmilkyway), from New York Cubby Graham (@CubbyGraham) and locally based tattoo artist Louise Bush (@Lapin_Lou).

I generally enjoy a mixture of photographers, especially on Instagram. Those who inspire me, through their subject matter, style and general approach to life/photography and content different to my own.

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Of course you can also find Strong Island on Instagram under @StrongIslandUK and @StrongIslandClothingCo.

Strong Island Recordings – Treacherous Tides Vol 2 Feat Kassassin Street, Wyldest, Violet Swells & More

On the 19th February Strong Island Recordings release the follow up to the first Treacherous Tides Compilation from 2013. The latest compilation features a collection of our favourite acts from Portsmouth to Turkey, Glasgow, Australia and New Zealand. The album includes tracks featuring all things from psychedelia to stunning dream-pop gems and will be available via digital and a limited run of cassettes.

Kicking off the compilation is Southsea favourites, Kassassin Street, with their immense wall of sound, festival ready, psych-pop meets new-wave anthem ‘Radio Silence’. It’s great to get the guys on a release of ours being from our hometown.

From the opposite side of the world, ‘Gravity Wins Again’ from Tasmanian outfit Violet Swells who draw comparisons with Tame Impala’s sunshine tinted, psychedelic-pop.

Wyldest have recorded an exclusive track for the compilation with their own take on A-Ha’s ‘Sun Always Shines On TV’ giving it a fine coat of their signature shimmering dream-pop sound which will available as a Bandcamp & cassette exclusive.

Love LUV’s ‘Sold My Love’ is infectious, joyous, garage-pop mirroring the 60’s revival. New Zealanders MOSES ‘Opium’ is perfectly titled. It’s a beautiful, sedate, stone jam delving between the kaleidoscope rainbow like realms of psychedelia and shoegaze.

Until recently Love Hippies & Gangsters was a one man project but now the four piece consisting of Yiğit Bülbül, Dan Hale, Mikel Acosta and Sam Enthoven. Their track ‘Through Your Mind’ is a shower of guitars and a throwback to 60’s and 70’s psychedelia.

Tin Foil Astronaut’s ‘Without A Sound’ is a nod to the current Australian psychedelic movement sounding like it’s came straight out of Kevin Parker’s studio in Perth. It’s a true sun-soaked, psych-pop banger.

Closing out the compilation is Life Model’s ‘Enough (To Know) finally getting a full release. Channeling Slowdive, MBV and Cocteau Twins, it’s a visceral yet euphoric and beautiful sonic journey.

You can pre-order and listen to the the compilation on Bandcamp and also pre-order the cassette over on our Music Glue pages (as well as find exclusive bundle deals on both) and the compilation will also be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other digital and streaming outlets.

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I WAS THERE – FIVE SENSES Performance at Portsmouth Guildhall

As part of Portsmouth Guildhall’s 125th birthday in 2015 Strong Island ran the I WAS THERE! project, collecting memories from Portsmouth people of their favourite live music moments throughout Portsmouth Guildhall’s history. Following on from the memory collection part of the project and the film that was produced and recently screened at the Guildhall, FIVE SENSES is the final stage of the project.

Strong Island Media and Old Salt Theatre have worked together with a group of young actors and performers from Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth to take many of these collected memories and bring them to life in a brand new stage performance. I WAS THERE – FIVE SENSES will be premiered on stage at Portsmouth Guildhall at 7:30pm on Thursday 21st January, with free tickets available from Portsmouth Guildhall box office in advance. This intimate performance brings to life many of the submitted memories we collected for the I WAS THERE! project, with scenes taking inspiration from events that occurred on the very same stage. The I WAS THERE film will also be screen just before the performance begins.

We’re very excited to have worked with Portsmouth Guildhall and Old Salt Theatre, with this beingStrong Island’s first project involving theatre and live performance, we hope everyone can come along!

This event is FREE however you will need a ticket, to reserve a ticket please contact the Portsmouth Guildhall Box Office 02393 870200 or email: enquiries@portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

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Vote for Your Strong Island Photo of the Year 2015

Through much of 2015 we asked photographers from all over to send in their images of Southsea and Portsmouth each week for the Strong Island Photo of the Year 2015 competition, with us picking out our favourite image for weekly winners.

Now it is YOUR chance to pick the overall Photo of the Year for 2015, with voting now open over on our Facebook page! Simply click on the link below and pick your favourite image from the 20 weekly winners, you can pick more than one if you are struggling…which is understandable as we had some awesome submissions.

You can vote all the way through until the end of January and we’ll be launching Strong Island Photo of the Year 2016 very soon!

VOTE HERE

Vote for Strong Island Photo of the Year 2015

All the winning photos are also shown below too, in the order that they won.


Photp by Alessandro Salvatore.


Photo by Tony Benham.


Photo by Rich Perrin.


Photo by Billie Cawte.


Photo by Johnny Black.


Port Solent Marina by Grzegorz Kopacz.


Photo by Tony Benham.


South Parade Pier by by Norbert Mintoff.


Photo by Jon Neil.


Photo by Pete Blackman.


Photo by Sheila Mackie.


Photo by Kebe Iwara.


Photo by Howard Hurd.


Old Portsmouth by David Ellis.


Old Portsmouth by David Ellis.


South Parade Pier by Howard Hurd.


South Parade Pier by Michael Mackenzie.


Photo by Howard Hurd.


Photo by Owen Davies.


Photo by Paul Watt.

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