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Port in a Storm by Andrew Whyte

We’ve seen some incredible storm photos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook this morning, with many people capturing one of the city’s most violent thunderstorms in some time. Local photographer and friend of Strong Island Andrew Whyte loves taking photos at night (as well as Lego…) and braved the weather to capture ‘Port in a Storm’, a timelapse of the lightning over Portsmouth. Have a watch below and be sure to take some time looking through Andrew’s great photography on his Flickr.

Created Local with Aerial Photographer Chris Brunnen

Photographer Chris Brunnen is a local professional photographer who works commercially under CJB Photography and provides a wide range of photography services, including something a little different, Chris specialises in aerial photography. We spoke to Chris to find out more about how he got in to photography and in to this particular specialist field:

Hi Chris, how did you first get interested in photography?
I was introduced to photography when I was about 12 by Neil, my friend and neighbour. He was a few years older than me and was taking lessons at his school when he came home one day with an envelope of black & white prints he’d made and it completely amazed me. I couldn’t comprehend how it was done, I thought the process had to be done in a factory or by a huge company, I had no idea this was something that could be done at home in a darkened room. From that day, I remember the feeling so well, I was hooked, I wanted a camera. I begged my parents but they weren’t about to buy me an expensive piece of kit at that age so they gave me an old Box Brownie. Yes really, that was my first camera! Fortunately Neil’s mum worked in a chemist and knew how to load the camera but he would take the films to school to process them. We would set up scenes in the garden and photograph them, we even re-created the moon landing with Acton Man.

Created Local with Photographer Chris Brunnen (2)

A few years later photography became an option in art lessons at my school and I started using the school’s 35mm cameras and lenses. I learned to process and print them myself and went on to take ‘O’ & ‘A’ Level exams, that introduced me to the practical, theory and history sides of the subject. I also studied art, technical drawing, physics and chemistry, all essential subjects in this field of work.

I went on to study Graphic Design at Art College. I’d originally intended to study Fine Art but I had a falling out with one of the lecturers on the pre-degree course…so I went to Graphics, a department next door to the photographic department where I ended up spending most of my time. The training as a designer I found very useful in photography, composition and layout are similar skills, again very useful background work to becoming a photographer. I find many people get too hung up on the camera, expecting to get great results from buying a big expensive piece of kit, they won’t, any more than buying a Stradivarius will make you a concert violinist. It takes more than that.

What got you in to taking aerial photos?
My first job was at a design & photography firm, I was behind a drawing board one day, behind the camera the next. As that firm grew I found I was spending more time taking photographs than designing and eventually left, with their backing, to set up my own photographic business, CJB Photography, in much bigger premises with a huge studio. Studio work has always been the main stay of my business but aerial photography is my USP.

What was your first experience of taking photos from the air?
A designer client of mine was working for IBM and needed aerial shots of their site at Havant and asked if I could do it…. I said yes. Fortunately they had a significant budget for the job so I hired a helicopter and off I went. While I was up I took a few other shots around Portsmouth and later showed them off to my clients. They met with a great deal of interest and since then, 1987, I’ve been flying virtually every month.

Created Local with Photographer Chris Brunnen (2)
Rare colour aerial photo of Portsdown Park.

Can you describe your go-to camera kit for aerial photography? Any specialist equipment?
With aerial photography it’s all about resolution, the higher the better. Remember the first time you went on Google Earth, I’m betting you went straight to your house and zoomed in as close as you can. Aerial photos are the same and unique in the way they are viewed, make a big print and people just want to get closer, you don’t view portraits or landscapes like that, you’d step back to admire it. With that in mind I use a high res Canon with a wide ranging zoom and image stabiliser, your average DSLR isn’t going to cut it.

Created Local with Photographer Chris Brunnen (3)
Southsea Show from some years ago.

On an aerial shoot are you able to take photos for yourself in the time in the air?
Most of my work is on commission but I do take advantage of my time in the air to build up my Aerial Photo Library, to be found on my web site, where there are now thousands of images for sale.

Any near misses?
The pilots and helicopters I use are all on an Air Operators Certificate for commercial flying and as such subject to strict maintenance schedules and safety regulations so ‘near misses’ don’t happen but I was in a heli with engine failure once, just as we were coming in to land at the airfield so the pilot set it down on the end of the runway, could’ve been worse I guess. Funny thing is, this wasn’t a working flight, I was being taken out to dinner at a hotel by the operator with their other regular clients. All a bit embarrassing for them really.

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Close up view of the Spinnaker Tower.

What sort of clients do you work with and where do your photos end up being used/shown?
I’ve been involved with some amazing projects. The construction of McLaren’s HQ at Woking, St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton and recently the Thames Gateway Project. Most other jobs are more mundane but it still gets me up in a helicopter on a regular basis.

Which do you prefer, helicopter or aeroplane?
I don’t use fixed wing, although cheaper, they have wheels and wing struts that obscure the view and are much more unstable. There are some companies that use them but they really are inferior, sorry about the cliché but you get what you pay for.

You can see lots more of Chris’ photography on his website and Facebook page, which he often updates with aerial photos challenging people to guess the location. All photos with this interview are copyright of Chris Brunnen and used with kind permission.

www.cjbphotography.co.uk

Created Local with Photographer Chris Brunnen (5)
North End from the air.

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Low tide in Langstone Harbour.

Created Local with Photographer Chris Brunnen (7)
Chris Brunnen.

Strong Island Calendar 2015 #SIC2015

Our 2015 Calendar is starting to take shape, the quality of the submissions this year is really high yet again, which is making the job of selecting a short list very difficult.

If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit then you can email your submission via calendar@strong-island.co.uk. If you’ve taken a photo on Instagram that you’d like to submit for consideration you just need add the hashtag #SIC2015. There are no limits to how many you submit, the only rule is that the image must be relevant to Portsmouth.

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

Strong Island Calendar 2015

Here are a couple of snaps which I can confirm will be included in our 2015 Calendar.

Jon Neil Bandstand Low Res
Southsea Bandstand submerged in the storms. Photo by Jon Neil
Todd Lawton
Photo by Todd Lawton
Katie Harvey
Photo by Katie Harvey

Matthew Maber Street Photography on Inspired Eye

Local photographer Matt Maber has for some years been out and about in the city streets capturing the places and people of the city with his digital and 35mm cameras. Street photography as a photographic discipline requires a quick eye, quicker shutter, a sixth sense for being in the right place at the right time and a fair bit of courage too. Some of photography’s most inspirational names from the past found their craft to be in the middle of things, photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank & Leonard Freed who helped define a creative activity that still is as strong as ever.

Matt has been out documenting the fun, sad & raw side of the city for a long time and photography website Inspired Eye recently put up an interview finding out more about his practice, give it a read HERE and see more of Matt’s photography at:

matthewmaber.com

Below are a few photos of Matt’s, all copyright of Matt Maber.

Matthew Maber Street Photography (1)

Matthew Maber Street Photography (2)

Matthew Maber Street Photography (3)

Matthew Maber Street Photography (4)

Review and Photos of Portsmouth Festivities Spice Island Art Trail 2014

For the second year running the Spice Island Art Trail this Sunday saw dozens of artists take over different historic buildings in Old Portsmouth as part of this year’s Portsmouth Festivities. The day began in the morning with the doors opening at Portsmouth Cathedral and the Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club which became home to 26 artists from a wide range of practices including photography, sculpture, illustration, design, painting, papercraft and much more. Becket Hall by Portsmouth Cathedral was home to student work (GCSE, AS and A-Level) from Portsmouth Grammar School, Admiral Lord Nelson, Ryde School and Cowplain Community School covering a diverse, creative collection of artwork. As well as the artwork on display inside down at The Hot Walls were local street artists Lex & Mimic, Fark and Dharma77 painting a set of panels in the shade of the arches.

Through the day a group of judges representing aspex Gallery, Art Space Portsmouth, Portsmouth Guildhall and Strong Island were looking for seven different artists to be selected for an exhibition at Portsmouth Guildhall plus a first place prize. For the schools there were also first, second and third prizes for students too.

The trail for me began with the cool shelter from the hot morning sun of Portsmouth Cathedral with initially the triptych of mixed media by Beth Davis-Hofbauer, a series focusing on the stages of coming to terms with a sense of comfort with the self.

Spice Island Art Trail 2014 - Beth Davis-Hofbauer
Beth Davis-Hofbauer

The first of the many 3d artists involved in the art trail was next, local artist Lyndon Richards with his painted slate paintings and his incredible brick/house paintings. Each finely detailed brick house is painted for the owners of the historic Portsmouth homes and together made for a ‘street’ full of local heritage in a creative new form. With a turn of the corner was Drayton based paper/3d artist Anita Bell, whose work with free-stitching and paper dye showed fine detailing and a sense of open creative expression. Close by was Making Space resident fine artist painter Agata Wojcieszkiewicz, with a series of passionate and compassionate paintings of herself and her father, rich in colour.

Spice Island Art Trail 2014 - Lyndon Richards
Lyndon Richards

Spice Island Art Trail 2014 - Anita Bell
Anita Bell

Spice Island Art Trail 2014 - Anita Bell
Anita Bell

Spice Island Art Trail 2014 - Agata Wojcieszkiewicz
Agata Wojcieszkiewicz

The far side of the Cathedral was home to many different photographers and painters, too many to detail here but all with great images capturing scenes around Portsmouth, I particularly liked a photo by Danish but now Portsmouth based photographer Fie Hansigne Petersen, with a model’s hand coated in sugar, touching on themes of addiction and infection.

I walked out the other side of the Cathedral through to Beckett Hall which was packed with student work from schools in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. The work was of a high level, with bold graphic design, passionate paintings, sculpture and much, much more.











The third venue for the Art Trail was the Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club, a building packed with the history of the clubs and their associated members, going back well over 100 years. Nestling amongst these historic surroundings were artists based on different floors. In the bar area on the ground floor were the works of three artists and photographers, the first were a selection of abstract paintings by Amy Owen with a clean and fresh palette, giving a sense of the sea. Next to Amy’s work was the incredibly detailed pencil drawings by Kevin Hayward. Kevin talked me through his lengthy drawing process, building up layers and layers of graphite to form photo-realistic works of animals, including a recent commission by an Isle of Wight zoo of their tiger. Reflected in the large mirror were the large scale, long exposure/multiple exposure photos by Fiona Harvey.

Spice Island Art Trail 2014 - Amy Owen
Amy Owen

Spice Island Art Trail 2014 - Kevin Hayward
Kevin Hayward

Spice Island Art Trail 2014 - Fiona Harvey
Fiona Harvey

Across the ground floor was another room full of artists and their work (too many to mention them all, sadly). Paintings and linoprints by Peter Jackson and Chris Wood were fantastic. Finely detailed portraits in pencil by Wil Stevenson & the carefully stitched rigging of HMS Warrior by Jessica Taylor were inspiring and it was great to also talk through the creative processes on both of these intricate pieces of work. Also on the ground floor were illustrator & designer Kate Bishop with her colourful Kroma prints and jewellery plus the photography and print based work of artist Thomas Robson.

Spice Island Art Trail 2014 - Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson

Spice Island Art Trail 2014 - Chris Wood
Chris Wood

Spice Island Art Trail 2014 - Jessica Taylor
Jessica Taylor

Also located on the ground floor was painter & sculptor Kas Williams, who was surrounded by her highly creative 3d paper sculptures made from old books. Each piece was hand shaped and cut and formed a unique object.

Spice Island Art Trail 2014 - Kas Williams

Spice Island Art Trail 2014 - Kas Williams

The floor upstairs was also full of too many fantastic artists to be able to mention them all but the atmospheric and abstract paintings of Sehila Craft caught the eye with their colour and questioning forms. The delicate and almost playful insects and spiders formed from old electronic components, PCBs, bulbs and pieces of old jewellery produced by artist Julie Alice Chappell were fantastic. The synergy of the entomological forms and the lines of copper & colour of resistors were as beautiful as they were fun. Speaking of playful, the illustration work of Lauren Hunt was also great to discover. Aaaaand…speaking of discovering, tucked away in the wonderful library was artist & painter Peter Jarvis whose structural paintings were a stunning blend of architectural plan-like detail and washes of atmospheric watercolour. As well as the work on display Peter was painting on-site too, when not engaging in conversation with every visitor who wanted to discover more of his work and his artistic process.

Spice Island Art Trail 2014 - Julie Alice Chappell
Julie Alice Chappell

Spice Island Art Trail 2014 - Lauren Hunt
Lauren Hunt

Spice Island Art Trail 2014 - Peter Jarvis
Peter Jarvis

Spice Island Art Trail 2014 - Peter Jarvis
Peter Jarvis

With the judges given a very difficult task of choosing winners, it was tough, but the overall winner in the end was Kas Williams who with six other artists chosen will exhibit at the Guildhall very soon. The schools first place winner was Jessie Colman from Ryde School.

If you want to find out more about the Spice Island Art Trail and Portsmouth Festivities visit:

www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk

Deborah Herridge Photography Exhibition

Hampshire based photographer Deborah Herridge will be exhibiting at The Kings Theatre, Portsmouth, from Monday 2nd – Saturday 14th June. Having previously had successful exhibitions at Salisbury Museum and Gallery, and The Liverpool Playhouse, Deborah is very pleased to be showing her work in our beautiful Kings Theatre.

Deborah shoots most of her work in the magical twilight hours of dawn and dusk, waiting for the right light, and does not use digital manipulation to enhance the photographs. What you see in her photographs is what she saw on the day. Sometimes this means getting up at 3am to catch the right opportunities that nature will present us, often it means grey mornings, or rainy evenings, and a wasted journey, but all a learning experience in the knowledge that the ‘right light’ will come one day, and when it does, what a joy that can bring. A case of chasing sunbeams and catching shadows. It really is a Wonderful World, and hopefully Deborah can share some of the beautiful views that she sees through her lens, capturing all that nature has to offer.

More of Deborah’s landscape work can be viewed on her websites www.forceofnaturephotography.com, plus and her commercial and product photography can be seen here www.packology.com

Show patrons are able to enjoy the exhibitions, with additional public viewings on Thursdays and Saturdays between 10.30am-2.30pm (programme permitting). Many of the photographs are available to purchase.

Twilight Jurassic Coast Deborah Herridge

Misty Dawn, Ullswater Deborah Herridge

Doggers of Portsea

‘Doggers of Portsea’ is a photography project and census of dogs and their owners on Portsea Island by Josh Knill. Josh intends to document as many dogs and owners as possible to create a visual record of dog ownership on the island.

‘I am a dog lover and own two dogs myself (Lola a yorkie/spaniel cross and Margot a miniature dachshund) whilst out walking with them I would often wonder what draws people to own a certain breed? How did they choose the dog’s name? The photographic study will culminate in an exhibition of the images, alongside info graphics showing most popular breeds, names, location and owners age. Perhaps a correlation or pattern will emerge? A book will also be published containing the portraits and information.’

If you and your furry friend are interested in taking part in the project and having your portrait shot for free by Josh you can email him at joshknill@gmail.com or you may happen upon him whilst walking your canine companion.

For more information on Josh and to see more of his work you can visit joshknill.com

The Camp Bestival Travelling Circus Tour

Celebrating Camp Bestival 2014’s Circus theme, Rob and Josie Da Bank began their Camp Bestival Travelling Circus Tour last Saturday in Portsmouth at Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays.

There were plenty of free activities going on including the trapeze, juggling and unicycling lessons from Top Banana Circus. There was a photo booth complete with various props to create some hilarious photos. You could also get your hands on traditional circus treats like popcorn and candy floss. All this while being treated to some tunes from DJ’s.

Camp Bestival itself will be taking place 31st July-3rd August at Lulworth Castle in Dorset. Highlights of the festival include De La Soul, Basement Jaxx, a DJ Set from Boy George and comedy from Milton Jones. Not to mention tons of other activities for the young and those who are old enough to remember when Boy George first burst onto the scene in the late 70′s. Find out how you can get involved HERE.

Matt Ankers was there to capture the day for Strong Island. As you can see the event was a huge success and everyone had a lot of fun.

The Camp Bestival Travelling Circus Tour By Matt Ankers

The Camp Bestival Travelling Circus Tour By Matt Ankers

The Camp Bestival Travelling Circus Tour By Matt Ankers

The Camp Bestival Travelling Circus Tour By Matt Ankers

The Camp Bestival Travelling Circus Tour By Matt Ankers

The Camp Bestival Travelling Circus Tour By Matt Ankers

The Camp Bestival Travelling Circus Tour By Matt Ankers

The Camp Bestival Travelling Circus Tour By Matt Ankers

You can check out more of Matt’s work on his website www.mattankers.com as well as following him on Twitter @Matt_A_Photos.

Find out about other activities going on in Aspex Gallery on their website www.aspex.org.uk.

The Camp Bestival Travelling Circus Tour By Matt Ankers

Strong Island Calendar 2015 #SIC2015

Our 2014 Calendar was a huge success, the quality of images and huge amount interest it received really took us by surprise. We managed to double the sales of the 2013 Calendar, meaning we raised just over £600 for the Feel Yourself Campaign and the Alzheimer’s Society. We received over a thousand submissions by email and by use of the Instagram hashtag #sic2014.

We are excited to announce that we are taking submissions for our 2015 calendar. If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit then you can email your submission via calendar@strong-island.co.uk. If you’ve taken a photo on Instagram that you’d like to submit for consideration you just need add the hashtag #SIC2015. There are no limits to how many you submit, the only rule is that the image must be relevant to Portsmouth.

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

If you have been taking any photos during this extreme weather we would love for you to submit them!

You may be aware that unfortunately due to an error our end the original batch of calendars contained a couple of errors. To rectify this the problem with the calendar we re-printed all of the calendars and offered everyone who bought one a free replacement (with free P&P where required). We are confident that we have managed to replace the vast major because of the online ordering records, however if you bought one from Lou Lou’s, Southsea Gallery or the Victorian Market then we don’t have your details so we need you to contact us ASAP to arrange a replacement! Those unclaimed calendars by the end of the week are likely to be donated to the staff of the charities we are supporting

Strong Island Calendar 2015

Here are just a few of the submissions that we have already received that might give you some inspiration.

Charlie Thompson Fratton Park

Charlie Thompson 2
Both Charlie Thompson
Todd Lawton
Todd Lawton
Roberta Curxes
Roberta Fidora
Danny Miles
Danny Miles

Exhibition by BA Photography student Dainius Sciuka

Lithuanian photographer Dainius Sciuka and his large scale portrait photographs will be exhibited in the new gallery space – Ether 2 & Shop 65 opening on 16th May.

Dainius is a 3rd year BA Photography student at The University of Portsmouth. His photography website is at: www.sciuka.com

Strong Island has featured his stunning work before on the site and we are looking forward visiting the exhibition. You can also see his Street Style blog some of which features portraits of people on the streets of Portsmouth. I can recognise quite a few people and locations.

Exhibition information – Opening night 7pm Friday,16 May, 2014
The exhibition then continues until 16 June 2014
Opening times – Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 6pm at Ether 2 Fine Arts Gallery & Shop 65, 65 Castle Road, Portsmouth PO5 3AY

Exhibition poster and photographs below and some from his Street Style blog.

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Dainius-Sciuka-Gerda 6

Photographs below from Street Style Blog

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Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea

Awesome vintage photography collection from Pop Olive33 that I found on Flickr a while back. Check out Osborne Road and Guildhall. Epic. Hard to imagine a time when traffic flowed through Guilders, and that was only in 1968 and the shot looking west down Osborne Road is amazing. Trams, horses, grand buildings, a traffic cop, ladies & gents. It’s all going on. To view the full collection head over to Pop Olive’s Flickr photostream HERE and the Portsmouth set HERE.









Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea poster

You know we love a bit of Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea here at Strong Island. Not too much info on this one, perfect for holidays though. The flickr link states the photo of the poster was taken in Eastney, but I’m not sure where.

Via : Bob Franklin

Welcome to Southsea

Ian Parmiter recently found this photo at a sign makers on one of his many travels. A Facebook debate has already begun as to it’s original whereabouts. Any ideas?

Old Ships and The Point

Continuing from the HMS Vanguard photos from earlier this week, this one shot from above shows the scale of the ship and her guns, which are as big as the pubs! The second photo is of HMS Victorious passing out in the 50s, with the old power station in the background. Hard to believe such a huge, dominating landmark like that is now just a memory.

Click on the images to see larger versions. Photos are taken from the wonderful Portsmouth From The Air book by Anthony Triggs.

Aerial Photographs of Portsmouth

Webb Aviation have hundreds of aerial photographs to purchase from all over the country. Click the link to see the Portsmouth Aerial Gallery and view photos from over Gosport looking across Gunwharf, all the way down to the Hayling Ferry.

aerial photograph by www.webbaviation.co.uk

aerial photograph by www.webbaviation.co.uk

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