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Created Local with Illustrator Scott Collier

Illustrator Scott Collier’s work recently really caught our eye, so we thought we would find out a bit more about Scott and his highly detailed illustration. All the more so with the new series of Game of Thrones dropping this weekend…

How did you get started in illustration?
I have always drawn for as long as I can remember. My Grandfather was an exceptional oil painter and by spending a lot of time with him influenced my passion for Illustration. It was a subject I got on well with at home and was quite good at from an early age.

What sort of things inspire your work? Other artists & Illustrators?
I am a huge fan of TV shows and films, from classics to current releases which most of my work is based on. I have always had a fascination with TV, as a kid I grew up reading Transformers comic books and later on Frank Millers’ 300 and Sin City works. The inked illustrations are incredible because of the unusual perspectives he uses. I have some of his books on my shelf. This encouraged my love of black and white illustration in particular, greyscale and monotones are my preference. Colour is something I have to work hard at.

My favourite illustrators at the moment are Tyler Stout, Hellovon, Ken Taylor, Matt Taylor and Kingsley Nebechi however this list could be never ending. Also I Love Dust is a company that I follow closely.

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Scott Collier – Back to the Future II.

Your work reminds us a bit of Tyler Stout, is his work an inspiration?
Tyler Stout is an illustrator I discovered recently. I have to say, since seeing his artwork it has influenced on me. The level of detail Tyler uses is something I try to replicate in my own work. Detail has always been a strength of mine and it’s people like Tyler who keep me working harder for it!

What is your process for creating a piece of work? Freehand or digital?
I try to do both freehand and digital work. I started off very much freehand working with thick papers, inks, brushes, different pens and pencils but It really depends on time. Graphic tablets developed and because of the added benefits of working digital (can be edited and manipulated greatly) I switched to that to see what it was like. I would love to do more things freehand but time constraints make it difficult. I have gotten into a good rhythm with digital at the moment. I started off with a Bamboo tablet years ago, then a Cintiq and then for more convenience I recently (December 2015) bought the Surface Pro.

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Some of your designs you’re made available on tees, are you looking at developing your designs in to that area?
I would love to do more designs for t-shirts specifically. I have many graphic Tees in my own wardrobe. But the t-shirt designs I currently sell are part of a wider apparel selection using some great websites that sell my designs. I sold a GoT Tyrion portrait throw blanket and cushion cover which was really cool. I also create my own lettering and typography by freehand and then vectorise in illustrator, I would love some of that printed on Tees. The great thing about t-shirts is everyone wears them.

You reference a lot of popular culture favourites, what are your favourite subjects to work with these days?
My favourite subjects have always been creating portraits of people. Whether that is real celebrities or popular fictional characters, I just love it. Capturing their expression and summarising their character in an illustration can be quite powerful. Being able to capture the exact look of a person is a something that I have always challenged myself with. I have developed this by doing several character portraits and placing them together. When I am excited about a TV show or film release, I want to express that excitement by posting my portraits on social media to celebrate the storylines and life like characters with other people who share the same interest.

I am thinking of producing a House of Cards illustration in the near future (this is currently one of my favourite shows).

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Scott Collier – Game of Thrones.

With the new series of Game of Thrones dropping on Sunday, you’ve been dropping on your Instagram some GoT work, who is your favourite character?
My Favourite Game of Thrones character is Bronn, he has by far the best one liners in the show. His dry wit is joy to watch in the episodes and I would be huge backer of a Bronn spin off! He is also one of the main characters that hasn’t been killed off yet! (fingers crossed!)

A big thank you to Scott for sharing his work, you can see more below and be sure to follow Scott on Instagram and visit Scott’s website:

www.justjolt.co.uk

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Scott Collier – Breaking Bad.

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Scott Collier – Joaquin Phoenix (levels).

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Scott Collier – Darth Vader Close Up.

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Scott Collier – Batman.

Little Yellow Ducks

We love a good ol’ random act of kindness, so we were excited to hear about a project to hand out little knitted ducks around the city.

The creative types at Seeded, Southsea’s wool, haberdashery and vintage button store, are supporting the Little Yellow Duck project – a global initiative to highlight life-saving random acts of kindness, like donating blood, bone marrow, organ or tissue. On 30th April 2016, they will distribute hand knitted and crocheted ducks around Portsmouth and Southsea.

The project was originally created by Emma Harris in memory of her best friend, Clare Cruickshank.  Clare was born with the genetic lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and by the age of 24, her lungs were so damaged that a transplant was her only hope of survival. Sadly a matching donor was never found and despite a long fight, she passed away aged 26.

The Little Yellow Duck Project was inspired by Clare, her sense of fun and her love of little yellow rubber ducks. Each handcrafted little yellow duck gift aims to spread a little happiness to its recipient and a little awareness of how we can transform the lives of others through blood, bone marrow, organ or tissue donation.

Keep your eyes peeled on Twitter – Seeded will be tweeting locations of ducks on the day.

And if you’re feeling a little creative yourself, ducks are needed for this project all year round, so get creating and leave them for others to find, or send to friends all over the globe. Here’s a link to the patterns

For more information see www.littleyellowduckproject.org

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Little Yellow Ducks

Created Local – Instagram @philswitch.engage

In the fifth of our special features celebrating our favourite Instagram photographers with links with our city we are featuring Phil Tickner (@philswitch.engage).

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

I was born and spent the first few years of my life in Portsmouth, specifically Fratton, before moving to live in Bedhampton and Havant. I returned to the island about six years ago and now I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Most of my free time is taken up by roller derby related shenanigans (I’m one of the official photographers for the Portsmouth Roller Wenches, and also play as one of the Portsmouth Scurvy Dogs) and what time is left is shared between cycling (when the weather allows it) and getting tattooed, mostly.

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

I always had a massive problem with the whole idea of ‘Instagram photography’ for some reason, that was until I finally got myself a phone that could take a decent picture. It’s not always practical to lug round my usual DSLR kit so the idea of capturing a passing moment with something that fits in your pocket finally made a lot of sense. Currently using a poverty-spec iPhone 5c, but it does the job.

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

Photography has always been a hobby, and I’ve never had much in the way of tuition aside from the odd tip I’ve picked up from photographer friends. It’s always just been a case of getting stuck in and attempting to learn from my mistakes.

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

I try to take photos primarily to please myself – when I tried to make a bit of money doing wedding jobs and the like, I found myself quickly losing my passion for photography as soon as I had to try and work around someone else’s idea of a good photo. I’m much happier just doing my own thing again. However, I’m not going to deny it’s a great feeling to have someone compliment my work, so I guess there’s a part of me that still tries to take some photos that I know people will enjoy looking at.

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?

Personally my biggest preference for subject matter is the local street art scene – I’ve become good friends with many local creatives through it, and thoroughly enjoy documenting the work that appears around the city, both out in public and inside galleries and exhibitions. The greatest appeal to me is the fact that it’s not permanent – so having a record of pieces that I enjoy is extremely important, before they disappear for good.

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

I tend not to take influence from anyone else, as such, and I don’t think the work I do has a particular style itself that anyone would be able to identify – I basically just make it up as I go along most of the time. Not really a good answer but I can’t do a lot better than that.

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Created Local – Liza Lash Portrait by Suga Shaz

Local artist Sugashaz has just completed a fantastic portrait of internationally renowned makeup artist and social media star Liza Lash.

The very modest Shaz used a variety of tools to create the portrait including carbothello pastel pencils, Rembrandt pastels, Prismacolor pencils. If you would like to speak with Sharon about a commission then drop her an email at sugarshaz@hotmail.com.

Keep an eye out on Strong Island in future for a full feature on Sugashaz but in the meantime you can follow her work on Instagram @sugashaz and Twitter @itsdatsugarshaz.

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Created Local – Instagram @no1son

In the fourth of our special features celebrating our favourite Instagram photographers with links with our city we are featuring Scott Birnie (@no1son).

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

I am a graphic, web and UI designer and based in a shared office space in beautiful Emsworth. I originally come from Aberdeen, Scotland and moved “dan saff” in the year 2000. We moved to Havant in 2006 as my wife is originally from here. All her family is here and my own family moved near the area too.

I work in Emsworth and commute (on bike mostly) to the office from Havant.

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

I only tend to use my iPhone 6 for Instagram shots as it is quick, easy and always in my pocket ready to capture that perfect pic. I also run some of the shots through various camera and visuals apps. My favourite and pretty much go to app is called Sanpseed. I then run it through some favoured processes and what I like to think gives me a certain style to my shots. For some of the more abstract shots on my Instagram feed i have used other apps like Fragment and Layout (Instagram’s native one).

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Scott Birnie

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

I went to Grays School of Art in Aberdeen and photography has always been something I have done through the course and since. I have an honours (2.1) degree in Design and Craft so like to think I have some kind of eye for it! I have always enjoyed taking photographs and experimenting with effects, composition, dynamic shots etc. I like seeing what others have done and covered in terms of subject matter and like to try out my own too.

I feel confident that my shots must be at least a little good and hit the mark as I have been featured in your awesome Strong Island calendar (2015), had one of my shots on a Redbull promotional billboard advertisement and won some random competitions to have my favourite shot printed 🙂

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

A bit of both really. I like taking some shots just to record and document, I also like to take some just because it captures a moment (sorry very cliche) and other times I like to take them to experiment with shape, form and composition.

I love a sunset and sky shots, as you can tell from my feed! So I guess that is for me. But others appreciate my shots when I do post them and a lot of people have asked from framed copies of them. I really do need to try and get onto selling some of my shots. No excuse really as i have all the tools required to do so.

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Scott Birnie

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?

I love Emsworth and Langstone harbours and coastal routes. So of my best and favourite shots have been created simply by pointing and shooting these areas. I have also had quite a few good shots up at Staunton Country Park where I take kids sometimes. The natural surroundings and historic buildings provide a lot of opportunities.

I also like Chichester (where I have worked in the past too) Old Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays too. I do need to get out a little more to these areas and take some time out of the office to refresh the batteries and the creative mind by going “walk about”.

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

Mike Kus is superb. I used to share an office space / floor with him and think his work is awesome. He definitely has a certain style that has lead to him taking shots for some top clients and getting some nice pay in the process! He has been on instagram since the beginning and with how many followers he has he obviously does something right!

I also follow Dan Rubin, who is a veteran of instagram.

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Created Local – Instagram @Moira_Lizzie_Photography

In the third of our special features celebrating our favourite Instagram photographers with links with our city we feature Moira Vence-Gunstane (@Moira_Lizzie_Photography).

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

I’m photographer and chief bottle washer at Moira Lizzie Photography. Born and raised just up the road in Waterlooville, now raising my own family close to the sea in Southsea. I realised my dream of becoming a professional photographer in 2013 after 24 years in Marketing and launched Moira Lizzie Photography, specialising in child and family photography. Although I’m finding my relaxed and natural style lends itself well to individuals and corporate clients as well.

When I’m not photographing, I’m busy with the other elements of running a business and I just can’t let go of that marketing! When I do find time to indulge in some ‘me’ time I’ll spend it baking and spending time with my family – after all, someone needs to eat that cake…and I need to add jogging to my list of ‘me’ time activities I think…

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

A mix of my iPhone 6s and my Canon 5D Mii – just depends what I have with me at the time. At the moment my personal project is photographing stills using my iphone, mainly based on baking or decor around my home as the weather is so naff!

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

I’ve always been interested in photography and design but my options at school led me a different route so it’s a hobby which has developed over many years. I’ve self-studied, attended courses, sought advice and listened from Photographers I’ve admired and practised A LOT!

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

Both – for clients it’s all about their experience and capturing whatever it is they’ve approached me for. Babies, children, families, couples etc. However, personal projects are an important part of my photography journey as they allow me to be as creative as I like and I learn so much in the process too. I’ll photograph anything which inspires me and in turn, I hope this inspires my clients too.

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?

Having lived in the Portsmouth area all my life I’m still discovering new subjects to photograph – the city doesn’t stand still. I navigate towards wide-open spaces so the seafront and the common are favourites. I also love to capture the vibrancy of the city and it’s people – so enjoy photographing festivals and events too. I consider myself fortunate to have both coastal and countryside scenery on my doorstep – so often stride out to the country with the family and camera in tow (although I admit, I often have to bribe the kids with a pub lunch!)

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

Valerie Jardin (@ValerieJardin) is an amazing street photographer, I’m drawn to the way she includes people in her frame, adding life and a sense of place to her images. Susan Stripling (@susanstriplingphotography) and her use of light is a must see! Of course not to forget the amazing Annie Leibovitz (@_annieleibovitz) for her brilliant composition.

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Aled Lewis – Not Me, Us.

Friend of Strong Island Aled Lewis is no stranger to the United States and since early last year he’s been following the rise of Bernie Sanders as he strives to become the Democratic candidate in the forthcoming elections.

Funded almost exclusively by over 3.5 million individual contributions of around $30 each by members of the public, Bernie has kept up with the Clinton fund-raising freight-train.

Aled describes the even though he is a Brit “Bernie Sanders is leading a robust, honest counter-corporate movement that would have implications around the world. A politician not co-opted by or beholden to special interests because he will not take money from them. Something that most thought impossible to avoid when running for office, let alone the office of President.”

“I have been inspired by the spirit of Bernie’s message and by the unity and energy of the grassroots movement that is propelling his insurgent campaign. I wanted to make a poster that captured and celebrated this moment in time and I’m delighted that it’s been broadly adopted by the grassroots supporters and utilised by the official campaign.”

In support of his cause Aled has produced a five colour limited edition 24” x 18” print. Prints are unframed. Any money raised through sales will go to help fund Bernie’s campaign. Find out more at www.aledlewis.com/portfolio/not-me-us. #FeelTheBurn

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Created Local – Instagram @tomomalleycat

In the second of our special features celebrating some of our favourite Instagram photographers who have links with our city. Today we are featuring the awesome Tom O’Malley (@tomomalleycat).

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

My name’s Tom and I live and work in Southsea. My short ride to work takes me up to Kings Road where I’m the Lead Designer at the Southsea based digital agency Si digital. I first arrived in the city about 12 years ago to study illustration at the University. I was instantly sucked into the Southsea lifestyle. I love living by the sea and enjoy surfing or paddleboarding when opportunities present themselves. However, I can’t say I’ve ever surfed in Southsea – apparently it can happen though.

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

My Instagram account has been on a journey with me through my various iPhones. I think it started as low as the iPhone 3G along with a lot of edited blurry images and horrible frames around my photos. I do own an SLR but I’ve always enjoyed the impromptu nature of snapping that ideal moment on my phone whereas if I’m carrying my camera, I’m most likely searching for that perfect photo.

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

I’ve never studied photography but having worked within the creative industries, I guess you could say I’ve been exposed to decent photography and composition. Before progressing within digital design I started out as a magazine designer so working with photography was a big part of my job role. Since the emergence of Instagram, I think it’s turned a casual interest into a hobby due to it’s accessibility and audience. I started really using the platform as a photo diary when I went travelling around the world for 6 months with my girlfriend. It was a fantastic way to share my experience with friends and family. Once home, I printed all of my photos with Social Print Studio (www.socialprintstudio.com) and added them to a handcrafted box which I gave to Fi for Christmas – she loved it. There was something quite nice about having those tiny little square memories of our travels in a physical form.

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

I’d say myself, as it’s my own visual diary. My Instagram account is an honest and varied collection of little life moments, whether it’s travel, having fun with friends or renovating my house. It’s a little glimpse at my photographic endeavours with filters.

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?

As I mentioned earlier, I love to be by the sea and most of the time I’ll take photos around there but Southsea has some great streets and buildings too, so I’m always exploring the opportunities. A little while ago I wanted to be more proactive on my lunch breaks so I’d set out on foot across the common to see if something inspired me to take a photo, I was really pleased with some of the photos I took during that time and it encouraged me to think differently and not just walk to the obvious places to take pictures of the sea.

I notice that you are a fan of the burger, can you tell us where is the best place to get one locally?

I do indeed love a good burger and every now and again I’ll take a picture of a tasty one. Without doubt, the best burger I’ve had in Southsea (many times over) is 6 oz Burgers – pink or not. Outside of Southsea, 7 Bone Burger is incredible. To accompany an awesome burger, they have hot ‘n spicy buffalo chicken wings and some mega milkshakes.

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

Those who pop to mind who are worth checking out are fellow designers/photographers that I follow on Instagram. They all take some fantastic photos which inspire me to the degree that they feel achievable as they are normally photos of everyday life experiences.

@MikeKus – Mike lives just across the way in Chichester. His photographs always feel very atmospheric.

@DanRubin – I always enjoy the compositions of Dan’s photography and he takes inspiring photos of ever day things.

@Trashand – I remember watching a video about this guy and how he would wake up at 4am and sneak up to the top of a building to take a photo of the city he was in. His work feels quite epic.

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If you know an Instagram user that you think we should check out then drop us an email or message me on Instagram at @_ChuBarker. Of course you can also find Strong Island on Instagram at @StrongIslandUK and @StrongIslandClothingCo.

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.

Creative Christmas Cards

We all know that we have a wealth of creative talent in Portsmouth and yet again they have produced another batch of awesome Christmas cards for your nearest and dearest.

Here is a selection of my favourite and how you can get your hands on them.

Ami Lowman – Available from Mai Mai, in SHOP on Castle Road and the South Coast Emporium on Elm Grove. Alternatively by emailing ami@miamai.co.uk.

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Aled Lewis Available from Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea.

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Sprankenstein – Available from www.sprankenstein.bigcartel.com and Southsea Rock, Marmion Road, Southsea.

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Angela Chick – Available from www.angelachick.com.

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We’ve got in on the act too! We’ve produced a set of five different festive designs and you can get your hands on them from Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea.

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Big Rave Night

Clearly ‘that top group from Portsmouth The Parkas’ used to rave hard at the licensed bar The Drill Hall in Camberley back in ’67. Awesome stuff for sure.

Flyer Seen : Pompey Pop Pix

Pier and Snow

Here are a few photos from a walk down to the pier on Wednesday during the snowfall. There are some more over on Forever Circling.

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NatWest Carved Map

The NatWest Bank in Palmerston Road has an amazing carved map of Portsmouth that I must have walked past on loads of occasions and never really stopped to look at. The map has many local landmarks highlighted plus the islands in both Portsmouth and Langstone harbours. Not sure exactly how old it is. Next time you pass by if you have a moment spare stop and have a look.




Southsea Rock Gardens circa 1985

More random finds. It’s a shame to say I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Rock gardens looking this nice. Not sure how often upkeep fits into the Council agenda these days. Back in 1985 however it looks amazing. Click the photo for a bigger view.

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Holy Cody Batman

Cody needs no introductions, ever. The nicest guy you’ll ever meet with a heart of a gold and the skateboard mentality of an escaped mental patient.

If you need conformation of that statement then check this photo I grabbed from some site called Facebook. Off the clubhouse roof into the flat bank down Southsea Skatepark. Nuts…

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Shortly after I posted this insane photo of Cody going nuts down the skatepark, he sent a reply. Thought i’d post it up so people that know him can have a read.

“Thank u for the nice word. I just have to say thank you to all the peeps and friends that have help and shape me as a sk8er and as a human being. The love that i have been shown over the years is so big. The friend and peeps i have met and change my life and change my path to some thing good. I truly say it with my heart that i love you all and i hope to make more friends and to have more good time. Here a shout out to all the u.k sk8 scene and the southsea boys and girl sk8er or not, much love. and to the guys like strong island crew and bored sk8 for keeping the u.k. scene going. So if u up for a sk8 drink or chill u find me in southsea. 1 love bye cody x”

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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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Created Local – Marc B.B

Local Light Artist & Photographer Marc B.B sent over these incredible light images taken around Portsmouth. Specialising in Night Photography, Light Painting, Long Exposures and so on Marcs pictures are created at a time when most people would be packing away their cameras and heading home. Portsmouth has a strong creative vibe, especially in the photography realm and being part of a group called ‘Portsmouth At Night’, Marc regularly meets up with like minded folk to go on weekly excursions in and around the city to photograph it, in the dark.

“Whilst some may find it a little bizarre, i think the images speak for themselves. Turning everyday objects, landmarks, even benches into works of art of their own is both exciting and a challenge. Some of my best work has been in collaberation with others and being able to pool resources and ideas has always been invaluable to me. I am always striving to find parts of the city that can be shown in a ‘good light’ as Portsmouth is such a great place to live.”

Be sure to check out Marcs website www.marcbb.co.uk for amazing photos, and if this style night photography interests you head over to Portsmouth at Night at www.portsmouthatnight.com. They meet up as a group every week somewhere in Portsmouth and simply take advantage of the night. Everyone is welcome to join, at all levels of competency. Night, night.

Old Cycle Race

At some point between the wars this was taken during a cycle race at the Alexandra Park velodrome up in Tipner, which is still there.

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Created Local – Mikey Ayling

Good friend of Strong Island and many Southsea locals, Mikey is quite the talent. He’s always been into art, design, photography, fashion, skateboarding, music and well, let’s just say all the cool stuff. He recently began his second year in Graphic Design (Communication Design) at Portsmouth University and he’s killing it.

Matt Sills from the Wallspace Gallery has helped Mikey produce 3 prints, on sale now, of which the ants ‘Tower Block’ is a limited run of 100 Giclee print and the others, ‘Do You Dream’ and ‘Love Life’ are open edition screen prints.

Get down Albert Road and grab yourself one of Mikeys prints. Seriously, these are like hotcakes I’m sure of it. Oh, and pop past The Little Johnny Russells Market on your way and grab some bargains.

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Tearing Down The House – Roller Hockey Club

It has been on the cards for a while now but finally yesterday the old Roller Hockey Club House at Southsea Skatepark was torn down. It had become unstable and hadn’t been used for a while. I was lucky enough to gain entry back last year and took a few photographs. If anybody has any old photographs of the club house seen in better times then please let us know.

The Old Days - Roller Hockey Club
Free Art and Live Painting Event at Southsea Skatepark


Lots of exciting plans at the Skatepark so watch this space.

This photo of Cody taking a leap of faith form the club house roof has always been a winner in my book.

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