Strong Island Co.

Skateboarding Edit by Paul Scott

Photographer and filmmaker Paul Scott recently moved down to Portsmouth after graduating in London and has already put together a short skate edit with a visiting Josh Ward-Brickett hitting up some local spots. Really like this photo of Josh and a layback frontside rock ‘n’ Roll on the lawcourts.

Check the photo and the edit below:

Josh Ward-Brickett Frontside Rock 'n' Roll by Paul Scott

Created Local – Mica Peet

I think the first time I saw the illustration based prints and jewellery by Mica Peet was at a market a couple of years ago, or more. I really liked the mix of geometry and UK wildlife and bought a print and some other gifts and have been keeping an eye on all the new work on Mica’s Instagram and Etsy. It has been great to see this local university graduate and creative build an awesome design based business in Southsea.

“My design philosophy consists of juxtaposing my love of the beautiful natural world with an edgier, modern and idiosyncratic design aesthetic. My main focus is on how I can be innovative yet commercial with the strong use of my quirky illustrative style and how these translate into print designs to adorn the body and home”. – Mica

Check some of the latest prints and jewellery below and be sure to hit up the MicaPeet Etsy where you can buy these items and support a local creative.

Mica Peet (1)

Mica Peet (2)

Mica Peet (3)

Mica Peet (4)

Portsmouth Museums now on Instagram

Portsmouth Museums and Visitor Services run all of the city’s museums and care for the large city collection with everything from archeology through to fine art. To give more of an insight in to what goes on behind the scenes of the different museums and what the dedicated staff and volunteers do to curate exhibitions and care for the collection they have set up an Instagram account. If you’re on Instagram give them a follow at @PortsmouthMuseum.

Below are a few examples of the photos going up on the Portsmouth Museum Instagram:

Portsmouth Museum on Instagram (1)

Portsmouth Museum on Instagram (2)

Portsmouth Museum on Instagram (3)

Strong Island Photo of The Year Competition Week 12 Winner and Runners Up

So many great photographs submitted this past week (week 12) with lots of sun from the hot summer days and sunsets. 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.

This week’s winning image is of the colourful beach flora in Eastney, photographed by Sheila Mackie.

Photo by Sheila Mackie
Eastney Flowers by Sheila Mackie.

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(ish) 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 week. To enter simply email, Tweet or Instagram your photo that was taken in, on or around Portsmouth.

Photo by Junior Gee
Photo by Junior Gee.

Photo by Beth Fletcher
Photo by Beth Fletcher.

Photo by Megan Barnes
Photo by Megan Barnes.

Photo by Kebe Iwara
Photo by Kebe Iwara.

Photo by Tony Fleming
Photo by Tony Fleming.

Photo by JL Crespo
Photo by JL Crespo.

Photo by Johnny Valentine
Photo by Johnny Valentine.

Photo by Johnny Black
Photo by Johnny Black.

Photo by Howard Hurd
Photo by Howard Hurd.

Photo by Grzegorz Kopacz
Photo by Grzegorz Kopacz.

Photo by Ellis Hampton
Photo by Ellis Hampton.

Photo by Ailsa
Photo by Ailsa.

Southsea Summer Arts Fair at One Eyed Dog on Saturday 4th July

A quick reminder that this Saturday the 4th July the One Eyed Dog will be home to the Southsea Summer Art Fair which will have loads of local creatives involved such as Kendal James, Stu Linfield, Jennifer Hillier, Hannah Gordon, Chris Webb and April Lovelace. From the stalls in the pub you’ll be able to pick up some local art and craft plus tees, stickers, prints, jewellery and more.

The fair opens at 1pm but and to find out more have a look at the Facebook page HERE.


Poster artwork by Stu Linfield.

Creative Census Portsmouth Continues!

We’ve had a great first month for our Creative Census project with lots of people completing the questions about their creative jobs, businesses and organisations…but we need more!

With our Creative Census project we aim to measure the creative temperature of the city for the first time, with the help of everyone involved with the creative industries in Portsmouth and Southsea. The census is open for submissions at the Creative Census website, please take a minute to complete the questions and to share this with everyone. The more people who take part, the better the results!

Once the census is complete we will be analysing the data and producing a presentation on the findings which we hope can actively promote the city regionally & nationally and also help lobby for improved access to resources, training, funding and more.

Please share the census with all of your friends on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc, your & your friends input can help make a difference.

We’ll be distributing flyers for Creative Census very soon with which you’ll be able to win a selection of locally created & designed prizes, more soon!

www.creativecensus.co.uk

Creative Census Portsmouth

‘Her Story’ Video Game Created in Portsmouth by Sam Barlow

Innovation in video games is pushing out in many different directions at the moment, with heavy investment in new technology such as virtual reality, processor and graphics hardware heavy visuals & more but sometimes it is the innovation in game design and narrative concepts that create a buzz online and make for a successful game. Rather than looking in to a sci-fi future on radioactive landscapes or battlefields, how about becoming an investigator looking at the case of a missing person from over 20 years ago, just relying on the evidence recorded back then plus the VHS interview tapes?

Sam Barlow, writer and lead designer of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Aisle launched his first independent title, Her Story, last week. Her Story is Barlow’s first release after going independent in 2014. Playing like an interactive true crime documentary, the game lets you go hands-on with a police database full of live action video footage. It stars Viva Seifert, actress and one half of the band Joe Gideon and the Shark. If you are fan of TV detective dramas or the fly-on-the-wall documentaries, this gives you the chance to try out your skills as a detective.

Her Story was passed through the Steam Greenlight process in only two weeks and has since received the backing of the prestigious Indie Fund. With its innovative use of video and a non-linear narrative, Her Story is one of 2015’s most original video games. Already the film has gained very positive coverage in the national press, is an Editor’s Choice in Apple’s App Store is is getting some great reviews.

The gameplay of Her Story sits players in front of a mothballed desktop computer and logs them into a police database. They search through hundreds of video clips that cover seven interviews from 1994 in which a British woman is interviewed about her missing husband. Players explore the database by typing search terms then watch the clips where she speaks those words and piece together her story.

“I’m excited for players to finally get their hands on the game and lose themselves in the many layers of Her Story…This is a game that puts you in the mindset of a detective — players will experience the eureka moments, the frustrations and the curve balls of a cold case mystery firsthand…As they piece together this story I hope players will come to understand and empathize with the woman telling it. This is a video game where the most important skill is the ability to listen.” – Sam Barlow

You can buy the game on a number of different platforms, the PC and Mac version of Her Story can be purchased on Steam, directly from the game’s website and from the Humble Store.

The iPad and iPhone versions of Her Story are available to buy on the App Store.

Find out more about the game at:

herstorygame.com

'Her Story' Video Game Created in Portsmouth by Sam Barlow (1)

'Her Story' Video Game Created in Portsmouth by Sam Barlow (2)

'Her Story' Video Game Created in Portsmouth by Sam Barlow (3)

'Her Story' Video Game Created in Portsmouth by Sam Barlow (4)

Strong Island Store Now Open 5 Days a Week

Hard to believe how fast time flies sometimes but our Strong Island store has been open for over 6 months and we’re really happy with progress so far but still have so many ideas on what we want to do to develop the shop, exhibition space and much more. The first of a run of big things with the store this summer is that as of this week we will now be opening 5 days a week, from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm. We’ve wanted to open for more days since we opened but had to be careful to get the shop just right first.

So as of tomorrow, feel free to drop by and visit the shop from Tuesday to Saturday, you can also check out this week the updated displays, new coffee fresh in, Tony Wood signature hair products for men plus the new Strong Island x PFC tee colourway. It is also your last chance to catch Andrew Hayward’s photography exhibition too. We have loads more exciting things to come this summer, keep your eyes peeled here or simply pop by Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea, PO4 9AH.

Strong Island Co Open 5 Days a Week

Strong Island Co Display

Strong Island Photo of The Year Competition Week 11 Winner and Runners Up

A great collection of photographs submitted this past week (week 11) sees a nice summer mix of photos with lots of sun. 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.

This week’s winning image is an creative composition of a firm favourite, South Parade Pier, photographed by Pete Blackman.

Photo by Pete Blackman
South Parade Pier by Pete Blackman.

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(ish) 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 week. To enter simply email, Tweet or Instagram your photo that was taken in, on or around Portsmouth.

Photo by JL Crespo
Photo by by José Crespo

Photo by Megan Barnes
Photo by Megan Barnes.

Photo by Daniel Atienza
Photo by Daniel Atienza.

Photo by Norbert Mintoff
Photo by Norbert Mintoff.

Photo by Howard Hurd
Photo by Howard Hurd.

Photo by Richard O'Keeffe
Feeding time by Richard O'Keeffe.

Photo by Johnny Black
Photo by Johnny Black.

Photo by Nathan Jones
Photo by Nathan Jones.

Photo by Grzegorz Kopacz
Broken Window by Grzegorz Kopacz.

Photo by Alessandro Salvatore
Carrying the Sun by Alessandro Salvatore.

Kayak Photography Trips in Langstone Harbour with Portsmouth Watersports

We recently went on a boat trip out in Langstone Harbour with our cameras looking for birds and wildlife but if you want something at a bit of a more leisurely pace Portsmouth Watersports are running photography kayak trips out in the harbour in July. Portsmouth Watersports are offering the photographers of Portsmouth the chance to kayak out with a guide to the many islands and mudbanks that appear at low tide around the harbour to visit the bird sanctuaries and to see the seals that also call the local harbours home. You do not have to be a competent kayaker to take part on these tours and you will be supplied all the kit you require.

There are two kayak trips planned:

Sunday 12th July, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm
Saturday 22nd August, from 10am to 1pm

The trips cost only £35 per person and spaces are very limited, if you would like to book on, please contact Joanne on 02392 663873.

Below are a few photos from a seal boat trip in neighbouring Chichester Harbour. These seals travel up and down the Solent and the mud banks down by the Watersports centre is a particularly popular sunbathing spot for them.

Don’t forget this summer we are running our wildlife photography competition with the RSPB, so if you are out on a kayak and get great shots of the three different birds we a re after, send them in for a chance to win some Strong Island and RSPB prizes.




Next »

Archives

Southsea Circa ’51

After purchasing a few bits of old furniture the other day, under closer inspection we found the shelving to be lined with old newspaper.

Coming from one of the sheets is this, an advert for Southsea from the Sunday People dated 21st January 1951.  The best bit and also a point raised by more than one person, is the fact that in 1951 it takes 90 minutes by train from London Waterloo to Southsea the same as it does today!  Fascinating that in 61 years we haven’t managed to make it any quicker.

The Old Portsmouth and The New Southsea

Gareth Colwell sent us these amazing scans from a vintage book called ‘The Old Portsmouth and The New Southsea. “It was an old book of my Grandads’ we found when going through some of his old stuff that had been packed away for years. I love the paintings and the written bits, especially describing Southsea Common as “a dismal spot in the old days. Footpads and cut-throats roamed at night, and a murderer hung in chains on the edge of the shingle”

A really interesting read so I won’t say anymore and let the book do all the talking. Check out the full set of scans over at Gareths Flickr.






Old Portsmouth

I found this photo of Old Portsmouth shot form The Spinnaker last night. I don’t think I’ve seen it shot from this angle before. It almost looks like another town at first glance. Some great details. Cricket in full swing, all the catchers traps on the roof of the fish market, enjoying a beer at The A Bar, Lawn Bowls, all on a cracking sunny day. Click on the image for full size.

Photo – eNil

Strong Island Easter Bike Ride Video II

Sharpie just sent me over his edit from the Bike Ride last April 4th. He attached one of those fancy Flip Cameras onto his handlebars and he was away. Really cool to be able to see the ride from different perspectives. Cheers buddy.

Vintage Southsea Postcards

You know we love a bit of vintage nostalgia here at Strong Island, and these old postcards of Clarence Pier are no exception. I always pick them up at the Car Boot sale opposite Clarence when I see one. When does the Car Boot start up again? Got to be soon. Answers on a postcard…

h2022

h1924

Seafront Lights: Adam Wintle

Southsea web designer and photographer Adam Wintle has recently been taking some really nice photos of the Southsea promenade lights and of the pier at night. Be sure to look through his Flickr for loads more great photos.

1

2

3

Southsea Seagulls

How good was the weather on Sunday. Albeit cold, it was a belter for sure. Me and Liz hit up the seafront for fish & chips and inadvertently got involved with dive bombing seagulls. They love them chips…

Photography : Tristan

Portsmouth on Film – Episode 1

Jonathan & Matthew Ring recently released a book of archive Portsmouth photography that was taken by their grandparents over the years (find out more about the book HERE). As well as photographs they also found a load of footage filmed around the city and have just released their first episode of their Portsmouth on Film.

This episode has some great footage from the early 90s, including some from the Tour de France.

Vintage Southsea Postcards

I dug these off the internet a while back and forgot I had them. Some real old school winners here. Click the read more link at the bottom of this article to see the full set.

southseaquinton

southseaquinton_a_

Matt Saxey’s Bike Ride Photos

Head on over to Matts Flickr and check out a few more photos from last Sunday’s ride. Great photos that really help capture the event.

ride2

ride1

Strong Island Clothing Co.

Departments