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2016 Pride LGBT Film Festival Begins This Evening

Tonight sees the start of this year’s Pride LGBT Film Festival, a collaboration between Portsmouth Film Society, the University of Portsmouth’s LGBT Staff Forum, Peccadillo Pictures UK, BFI FAN, Southeast HUB and the LGBT Society at the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union. The film festival includes screenings of four different films at the Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH, with individual screenings only £6 and a 3 film pass only £10. Buy tickets online HERE.

The film to be screened are:

THE IMITATION GAME (UK, 2014)
Thursday 4 February at 7pm.
During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’. The story turns to the leading role Turing played in breaking the Nazi enigma code during WWII, which significantly shortened the war.

“The film’s prime force is Cumberbatch, a great actor whose talent shines here on its highest beams. It’s an explosive, emotionally complex performance.” Pete Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine

“Engrossing, nicely textured and sadly tragic.” Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

52 TUESDAYS (Australia, 2013)
February 11th at 7pm.
16 year old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons. Director: Sophie Hyde. This screening is supported by the LGBT Staff Forum.

THE GIRL AT MY DOOR (Korea, 2014)
February 18th at 7pm.
Young-nam, a graduate of the Korean police academy is transferred to a small village. She encounters the Dohee, a girl excluded by her community. Compelled to protect Sohee from her family, all is well until Dohee’s father wants her back. Supported by the LGBT+ Student Society.

DEPARTURE (France, 2015)
February 25th at 7pm.
An English family prepare the sale of their holiday home in the South of France. Over one week, the teenage son wrestles with his sexuality while his mother confronts the end of her marriage. An enigmatic local boy enters their lives both are led to confront their desires. There will be live Skype interview with the director before the screening.

2016 Pride LGBT Film Festival Begins This Evening

Stu’s Picks For No 6 – February 2016

As ever the No. 6 Cinema has some awesome movies on offer this February, including many Academy Award hopefuls. If you haven’t yet visited the No. 6 Cinema then I highly recommend it. You will find a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

Be sure to check their website for information on how you can buy tickets and to find their full listings – www.no6cinema.co.uk.

Joy (12A) | Friday 5th February | 7pm

In 1990, Joy Mangano invented the Miracle Mop, a household product that became a bestseller on the QVC shopping channel. Hardly the makings of a Hollywood epic, you might think. But in the hands of director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), and with Jennifer Lawrence in the lead, Mangano’s story becomes a moving and sometimes irresistibly funny roller-coaster tale about a woman who never gives up.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12A) | Saturday 6th February and Thursday 11th February | 7pm

Set three decades after Return Of The Jedi, the much-anticipated new Star Wars episode sees the return of the iconic franchise’s original stars, as well as new characters and lightsabre-rattling villains. Although the plot is being kept secret by director/co-writer J. J. Abrams (Star Trek), we’re promised stunning special effects and emotionally powerful storylines in what will be a heroic return to one of cinema’s most enduring epics.

The Danish Girl (15) | Friday 12th February | 7pm

With the encouragement of his artist wife Gerda (Vikander, Testament Of Youth), Einar Wegener (Redmayne) began a groundbreaking process of gender transition in the 1930s to become Lili Elbe. With his utterly convincing portrayal of Einar/Lili, Redmayne brilliantly negotiates the psychological road map required to make the journey, aided by Gerda’s supportive pragmatism. Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) film is lushly photographed, and suffused with sympathy for its complex characters.

Annie Hall (PG) | Saturday 13th February | 7pm

Comedian Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) examines the rise and fall of his relationship with struggling nightclub singer Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). Speaking directly to the audience in front of a bare background, Singer reflects briefly on his childhood and his early adult years before settling in to tell the story of how he and Annie met, fell in love, and struggled with the obstacles of modern romance, mixing surreal fantasy sequences with small moments of emotional drama.

The Revenant (15) | Saturday 20th February | 7pm

Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) takes us into the American wilderness for a story of betrayal, survival and vengeance in the early 19th century. Fur trapper Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is attacked by a bear, and then robbed and left for dead by his companions. Sustained by sheer force of will, Glass battles the winter elements, the vicious wildlife and his own injuries in relentless pursuit of life and justice. Filmed in extended takes using only natural light – and already hotly Oscar-tipped – The Revenant delivers gritty battle scenes, stunning locations, and a compelling story of one man’s determination to live.

Room (15) | Friday 26th February | 7pm

Based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, Lenny Abrahamson’s (Frank, What Richard Did) latest tells the story of Ma (Larson) and Jack (Tremblay). They live in a single room that is their entire world, for a reason that is one of the film’s many surprises. Then, on Jack’s fifth birthday, Ma reveals her plan for him to get away. Despite its dark premise, Room is a film about freedom that brims with hope, using Jack’s guileless perspective and poignant optimism to steer us through the darkness.

Apocalypse Now (15) | Saturday 27th February | 7pm

The digital re-release of Francis Ford Coppola’s exploration of America’s Heart of Darkness in Vietnam is a welcome chance to savour once again the masterpiece that Apocalypse Now truly is. A heady mix of ‘60s counter-culture and the Vietnam War meshes together with hallucinatory visuals and a magnificent score. Martin Sheen stars as the Special Forces captain dispatched on a secret river-borne mission to Cambodia with a brief to ‘terminate with extreme prejudice’ a demented colonel (Brando) waging a private war in the hills.

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Creative Census Portsmouth 2015 is Now Closed

Creative Census Portsmouth 2015, a project run by Strong Island and Claire Sambrook with the support of Portsmouth City Council to take a snapshot of the many people & businesses in the Portsmouth area who work in the creative industries, has now closed for submissions. A huge thank you to everyone who took part!

We’re now in the process of collecting all the data together and in the coming months we’ll be creating a report which we aim to release to the public before the summer. The report will contain all of the interesting information drawn from the data and we’re working with award winning Portsmouth graphic designer Sam Barclay on its design.

We’ll let you know as things progress and visit the Creative Census website for more information: www.creativecensus.co.uk

Last Couple of Days to Take Part in Creative Census

We’re coming down to the last couple of days when people can get involved with the Creative Census, a project run by Strong Island and Claire Sambrook with the support of Portsmouth City Council. The project aims to try and engage with as many people & businesses in the Portsmouth area who work in the creative industries. We are also hoping people & businesses outside Portsmouth (but who work in the city often) will also get involved too.

To take part in the Creative Census you or your business/charity/organisation just need to work in the creative sector (e.g. photographer, illustrator, designer, craft, architect, songwriter, fashion designer, etc. – see the website for the full list) and be based and/or work in the city – from a volunteer all the way through to a large agency or organisation.

Deadline to take part is midnight Sunday (31st).

It takes a few minutes to complete and will go to help us build (for the first time) a snapshot of statistics and information that we hope can really show how Portsmouth and Southsea are on the national creative map. Check the photos below for just a few of the great Portsmouth & Southsea creatives who have already taken part.

To take part simply visit the website: www.creativecensus.co.uk

Creative Census Portsmouth – Measuring the creative temperature of the city of Portsmouth

Last Few Days to Take Part in Creative Census

We’re coming down to the last few days when people can get involved with the Creative Census, a project run by Strong Island and Claire Sambrook with the support of Portsmouth City Council. The project aims to try and engage with as many people & businesses in the Portsmouth area who work in the creative industries. We are also hoping people & businesses outside Portsmouth (but who work in the city often) will also get involved too.

To take part in the Creative Census you or your business/charity/organisation just need to work in the creative sector (e.g. photographer, illustrator, designer, craft, architect, songwriter, fashion designer, etc. – see the website for the full list) and be based and/or work in the city: from a volunteer all the way through to a large agency or organisation.

Deadline to take part is the end of January.

It takes a few minutes to complete and will go to help us build (for the first time) a snapshot of statistics and information that we hope can really show how Portsmouth and Southsea are on the national creative map.

To take part simply visit the website: www.creativecensus.co.uk

Creative Census Portsmouth – Measuring the creative temperature of the city of Portsmouth

‘Twelve’ Video Installation Exhibition by Melanie Manchot at Aspex

Twelve is Melanie Manchot’s major new multi-channel video installation exploring the intimate stories, rituals, repetitions and ruptures of lives spent in addiction and recovery. The exhibition opened at Aspex on the 23rd January 2016 as part of a national tour. Over the last three years Manchot has worked in dialogue with twelve people in recent recovery from substance misuse, in rehabilitation communities in Liverpool, Oxford and London. Twelve is directly informed by their personal written and oral testimonies, creative conceptions and performances within the final works. Inspired by the visual acuity of renowned contemporary filmmakers, the work connects and collapses individual recollections in which everyday situations, events and activities are rendered dramatic or abstract, and infused with tragedy, pathos and humour.

'Twelve' Video Installation Exhibition by Melanie Manchot at Aspex (2)
(Still from one of the films)

Single sequences are shot as continuous takes, referencing iconic scenes from the films of Michael Haneke, Gus van Sant, Bela Tarr and Chantal Akerman – a ferry journey across the Mersey, a darkened room looking out on to an early morning street, a car wash, the cutting of daisies with small scissors, the obsessive cleaning of a floor – each provides the framework for reflections on remembered incidents and states of mind.

Melanie Manchot is a London based visual artist who works with photography, film, video and installation as part of a performative and participatory practice.

The exhibition runs until the 20th March, you can find out more information on the Aspex Website.

'Twelve' Video Installation Exhibition by Melanie Manchot at Aspex (1)

Stu’s Picks For No 6 – January 2016

As ever the No. 6 Cinema has some awesome movies on offer this new year. If you haven’t yet visited the No. 6 Cinema then I highly recommend it. You will find a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

Be sure to check their website for information on how you can buy tickets and to find their full listings – www.no6cinema.co.uk.

Steve Jobs (15) | Friday 8th January | 7pm

Michael Fassbender stars as Apple’s charismatic but egotistical co-founder. Condensed into the span of three groundbreaking product launches, Boyle’s film shows Jobs fiercely pursuing his ambitions. In the process he alienates many of his colleagues and those close to him. Fassbender is magnificent in the lead role, and the script by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) is entertainingly muscular.

The Lady In The Van (12A) | Saturday 16th January 7pm | Friday 22nd January 4pm

Maggie Smith reprises the role she played in Alan Bennett’s hit stage play as Miss Shepherd, an elderly lady who occupied a decrepit Bedford van parked in Bennett’s driveway. Miss Shepherd is no slave to personal hygiene or polite diplomacy, and Bennett (Jennings) becomes her bemused benefactor. Smith, as ever, gives a show-stealing performance with her wonderful take on the cantankerous English eccentric in this joyous, multilayered comedy drama.

Bridge of Spies (12A) | Saturday 23rd January | 7pm

Steven Spielberg’s gripping latest tells the story of Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan (Hanks). He must negotiate the release of Francis Gary Powers (Austen Stowell, Whiplash), the pilot of an American U-2 spy plane shot down over Russia in 1960. Donovan’s task involves organising the exchange of Powers for his own client, the British-born KGB agent Rudolf Abel (Rylance). Co-written by Joel and Ethan Coen, and inspired by real events, Bridge Of Spies is the ultimate Cold War blockbuster.

Carol (15) | Saturday 30th January | 7pm

In atmospheric 1950s New York, the titular Carol (Blanchett) is marooned in an unhappy marriage when a chance meeting with dreamy shop assistant Therese (Mara, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) sparks a slow-burning romance between the two women. Paired again with Todd Haynes, the maverick director of I’m Not There, Blanchett gives a devastating performance that should be an Oscar shoo-in, her on-screen chemistry with Mara fully exploiting Phyllis Nagy’s emotionally muscular, pitch-perfect adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s landmark novel.

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The Friends Film Festival 2015

The Friends Film Festival 2015 is a new Portsmouth short film festival which will take place on the 19th-20th December 2015. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of destitute asylum seekers, refugees and migrants living in the Portsmouth area, celebrate multiculturalism in the community, but more importantly highlight the work undertaken at Friends Without Borders & raise much needed funds for the charity.

Formerly Haslar Visitors Group (HVG), Friends Without Borders provides a support group for asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants within the Portsmouth area. The All Saints Drop-in provides a social space for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to meet people and access food, professional advice and advocacy. Donations of clothes and of the like are also given at this service and the remainder are sent to Calles each week. The Access to Justice service offers legal advice to clients, and specialises in complex and difficult cases on behalf of people who are often unable to gain support elsewhere. Since its launch in March 2014 Access to Justice has taken on 21 cases, 14 of which are still active.

In celebration of International Migrants Day (18th December), two films will be featured as part of the Festival. The first of which is the French film Samba (2014), directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano and starring Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg. The screening of the film will be at the Friendship House, Elm Grove (on the crossroads) on Saturday 19th starting at 3.30pm.

There will also be a film screening on Sunday 20th of the short film Evaporating Borders, directed by the Brooklyn based director Iva Radivojevic. The film was first screened in January of this year and has visited some amazing Film festivals, and due to the nature of the screening the director has personally not charged the film license fee. The Sunday screening will also be accompanied by some spoken work poetry performed by volunteers from the charity.

Before each viewing Christmas refreshments, including mulled wine, will be available to all in attendance. There will also be a speech from the chancellor of Friends Without Borders, Michael Woolley, to open the event and inform others about the charity’s work and successes of this year.

You can find out more about The Friends Film Festival 2015 by checking the poster below (with artwork by Toby Jezard) or by visiting the Facebook page or the Facebook event. You can find out more about the Friends Without Borders charity at their Facebook page and on their website:

friendswithoutborders.org.uk

The Friends Film Festival 2015

Twelve Days Of Christmas Competition – Day Two

Twelve of our local favourites have come together to donate twelve awesome prizes for one lucky Strong Islander to win.

Over the next twelve days I will be asking a question each day which relates to the to the prize on offer. At the end of the twelve days you are invited to submit your answers to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. One lucky winner will win the whole package for themselves, just in time for Christmas!

Todays prize has kindly been donated by our friends at the No. 6 Cinema. If you haven’t yet visited the No. 6 Cinema then I highly recommend it. You will find a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. They have kindly donating two tickets for a showing of your choice.

To be in with a chance to win you will need to correctly answer all twelve questions but please do not email in your answers until you have the answers for all twelve questions. You can find the previous questions here. Good luck!

Q2) What is the name of the spherical droid appearing in the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens?

Be sure to check their website for information on how you can buy tickets and to find their full listings – www.no6cinema.co.uk.

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No 6 Cinema

Stu’s Picks For No 6 – December 2015

As ever the No. 6 Cinema has some awesome movies on offer this festive period. If you haven’t yet visited the No. 6 Cinema then I highly recommend it. You will find a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

Be sure to check their website for information on how you can buy tickets and to find their full listings – www.no6cinema.co.uk.

MacBeth (15) | Thurs 3rd Dec | 4pm

This extraordinary retelling of William Shakespeare’s story of a king driven to murder and madness preserves the dark poetry of the Bard’s play, but presents it with style and vision. Macbeth is a man of war: we see him at the centre of the carnage in climactic battle scenes. While in a strangely calm trance, he meets a troupe of witches who foretell his future. Consumed by ambition, he is intrigued when the prophecy starts to come true. But it is his wife, Lady Macbeth, who hatches a plot to kill beloved King Duncan and seize his crown by force.

Sicario (15) | Thurs 3rd Dec | 7pm

After raiding a Mexican cartel’s safe house, FBI agent Kate Macy (an intriguingly well-cast Blunt, Looper, Into The Woods) joins a secretive team tasked with eliminating the cartel’s bosses. Along with the cynically maverick Matt and world-weary Alejandro (Del Toro), she realises that she’s involved in a very dirty crusade, the goal of which might not merely be to stem the flow of drugs into the USA. Villeneuve, who threw some masterful twists at gasping audiences with his vigilante movie Prisoners, pulls more dazzling tricks here, abetted by several violent, stunningly orchestrated set pieces that underline the traffickers’ apparent invincibility.

Vertigo (PG) | Fri 4th Dec | 7pm

Hitchcock’s romantic story of obsession, manipulation and fear. Detective Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) is forced to retire after his fear of heights causes the death of a fellow officer, only to be lured into another case shortly after. He begins to fall in love with the new target, Madeline (Kim Novak), before tragedy strikes. The film follows Scottie’s descent into madness, expertly portrayed by Hitchcock with a perfectly hypnotic score from Bernard Herrmann.

Dr Zhivago (PG) | Sat 12th Dec | 6:30pm

Beginning on the eve of the WW1, this film tells the tale of Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sherif), a Russian Doctor and Poet who despite being married to Tonya, falls in love with Lara (Julie Christie). They embark on a tumultuous love affair, set against the bleak backdrop of the Russian Revolution. In this deeply moving and romantic classic, Yuri and Lara’s love is challenged by tradition and the reality of war. Dr Zhivago was the winner of 5 Oscars and is often cited as one of the most romantic films of all time; a must-see on the big screen.

Radiator (15) | Thurs 17th Dec | 7pm

A darkly funny and honest exploration of family, love, life and death. After a call from his elderly mother, Daniel travels to the home of his parents, Maria and Leonard, only to find their standard of living has diminished. Once homely, it is now dilapidated and messy. Daniel’s attempts to help his aging parents are often met with resistance and, at times, contempt. The events played out in this film challenge their relationships, the concept of family and Daniel’s notion of freedom.

Spectre (12A) | Fri 18th Dec and Sat 19th | Both 7pm

A mysterious message from Bond’s past sends him on a hunt to track down the sinister organization, known as Spectre. Whilst Bond becomes entangled in a web of lies and deceit surrounding the dark force, Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) has taken over as M, and finds himself fighting to keep the secret service alive.

Laced with satirical humour, intense action sequences and beautiful women, Spectre is a treat for 007 fans old and new.

Paddington (PG) | Sat 19th | 4pm

Arriving in London from his native Peru with a ‘Please Look After This Bear’ label around his neck, Paddington Bear is fortunately taken in by kindly Mr and Mrs Brown (Bonneville and Hawkins). Voiced by Ben Whishaw, and named after the railway station he arrived at, Paddington embarks on a series of bemused adventures as he searches for one of his Aunt Lucy’s (Imelda Staunton) friends and finds himself dodging a malicious taxidermist with an unnatural aversion to bears (Nicole Kidman). This charming amalgam of CGI, animatronics and live action will delight fans of Michael Bond’s perennially popular children’s books.

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By The Castle

Apologies for a little self-linkage, but I’ve added some photos from a July day down by the castle on Forever Circling (a photography, etc blog I update daily).

It’s sunny today too, roll on spring and summer.

Around the Castle

There’s Snow Day like a Snow Day

Tom Time Waster © just put a few more photos from last months snow day in Portsmouth. Cool photos as always, but I focused on the spills and slams. We saw some kids take proper slams that day. Lots of broken tailbones for sure. Good times.

It’s going to be a Strong Movember – Closed at £725

Righto chaps, it’s time to clean shave your boat race and get that mighty moustache on the grow in support of Movember for The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. For 30 days of November you can help support and raise awareness through selflessly parading your top lip for charity.

You can sign up yourself, as I’m sure many of you already have, or you can join the Strong Island team and seek out sponsorship as a team. Through the Strong Island Movember page you can ask people to join the group, make donations, upload photos and post updates via the MoSpace page, Facebook and Twitter.

Head over to www.mobro.co/StrongIsland if you would like to get involved and grow a Strong Moustache to help raise awareness, or simply head over to www.uk.movember.com and sign up to personally raise money.

The funds raised in the UK support the number one and two male specific cancers – prostate and testicular cancer. The funds raised are directed to programmes run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. Together, these channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programmes in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

Poster: Tristan Savage

Bike Ride Panoramics

We will have loads of photos and stories from Sunday’s hugely successful Strong Island Bike Ride and to get started we have some huge panoramics taken by George Crick. Sadly we can only show some of the small versions here that do not do them justice so be sure to visit George’s website to see the all of the photos in full size, and spot yourselves in there!

George’s panoramics will be available to buy in Wallspace Gallery in Albert Road from Saturday for a bargain price of just £35.

Vintage Old Portsmouth Photograph

We’ve not had a vintage photograph for quite a while on Strong Island, and this one is a winner. This photo of the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth was taken in 1958 by Mark Kauffman for LIFE Magazine. Click this LINK for a larger version.

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Thanks to Jubru for sending this over.

Strong Island Easter Bike Ride Video

The guys over at www.saftandboneless.co.uk have put together a nice little edit from the Bike Ride on April 4th. It really shows the vibe of the day well. Good times. I better get on the phone and book the Police escort for August.

The Tricorn

It’s fair to say that we all loved The Tricorn outside of it’s it intent. A classic example of people reinventing architecture far beyond it’s original purpose. This short film doesn’t delve too deeply in to the many uses and inspirations The Tricorn had to offer, but it’s still a nice watch.

“An imaginative portrait of a futuristic concrete experiment of a shopping centre (‘the ugliest building in the world’ according to Prince Charles), built in the 1960s coastal town of Portsmouth, England. Loved or loathed, it developed a passionate cult following of artists and skateboarders but has now lost the battle for life.”

Directed by David Ferrone and Martin Fickling.

Local Photographer – Paul Gordon

Local photographer Paul Gordon has spent a lot of time hanging out and photographing the local skaters over the summer, both in the skatepark and out and about. The photos from the summer are now up in galleries on Paul’s website www.questx.eu. As well as the skating photos there are also loads of other galleries too including sport, portraiture, landscape, etc. Have a flick through.

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Created Local – David Thompson

The Hiscock Gallery on Stanley Street behind Waitrose has some interesting new vintage style prints in stock by local artist David Thompson. They are a series of digitally drawn images reflecting upon 1930 – 1950s style advertising posters, enhanced with modern techniques. A really nice simplistic approach highlighting the main features of the subject, yet still very technical and intricate in places. The front of The Victory is awesome.

All reproductions are genuine giclée prints, printed with pigment based inks on 180gms Canon Matte paper, fade resistant for 100+ years. These “Poster” Prints are all personally signed by the artist. Head on over to Davids Gallery and take a look for yourself. Nice stuff for sure.

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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