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Strong Island Calendar 2016 #SIC2016

Yet again we were overwhelmed with the interest and success of our 2015 Calendar. I hope that you are all enjoying them and it is inspiring you to get involved and submitting your photo’s for inclusion for next years calendar.

We are excited to announce that we are taking submissions for our 2016 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 #SIC2016.

There are no limits to how many you submit, the only rule is that the image must be relevant to Portsmouth. We would love to see more submissions from all over Portsmouth not just our favourite Southsea landmarks so please share this with friends who you think might be interested in getting involved.

Along with Instagram 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.

We have a couple of our 2015 Calendars left but if you are interested then get in quick as these are likely to go within the next week or so! You can get your copies from the Strong Island shop HERE.

Strong Island Calendar 2016

Strong Island Photo of The Year Competition Week 1 Winner and Runners Ups

With the first week’s submissions for the Strong Island Photo of the Year Competition all collected from email, Twitter and Instagram (using the hashtag #SIPhotoComp2015) we’re happy to announce the very first weekly winning photo and photographer, ‘Sunglasses Spinnaker’ by Alessandro Salvatore, an amateur photographer based in Southsea.

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 week’s winner was chosen because it showed an innovative new way to capture a familiar landmark of Portsmouth, capturing the city lights at night in a reflection. This image will now become our Strong Island Facebook header image for the next 7 days until next week’s winner.

'Sunglasses Spinnaker' by Alessandro Salvatore
‘Sunglasses Spinnaker’ by Alessandro Salvatore.

Below are just some of the 200+ photos we received in the first 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 Monday. To enter simply email, Tweet or Instagram your photo that was taken in, on or around Portsmouth.


Photo by Tony Benham.


Photo by Paul-Stanley.


Photo by Zac-Austin.


Photo by Tom Jacobs.


Photo by Stefano Pollina.


Photo by Rhys Geehan.


Photo by Liam Ritson.


Photo by Kate Smith.


Photo by Johnny Black.


Photo by Jamie Thorpe.


Photo by James Henderson.


Photo by Hayley Reeves.


Photo by Gemma White.


Photo by Christopher Greening.


Photo by Chris Grant.


Photo by catspaws_22 (on Instagram).


Photo by Catherine Taylor.


Photo by Billie Cawte.

Access All Areas At The Portsmouth Guildhall

The Portsmouth Cultural Trust (PCT) is delighted to announce an open evening for Access all Areas – The Portsmouth Music Experience.

Access all Areas is a growing exhibition documenting the history of popular music in Portsmouth since the end of the Second World War, exactly seventy years ago. AaA includes a range of images and memorabilia celebrating the great years of poprock, folkblues, jazz and dance. It includes a 1960s Gallery showcasing leading venues, musicians, posters and local personalities, the Guildhall Gallery documenting a history from Louis Armstrong and the Beatles, through to the Clash, the Smiths and Take That to the present day, plus the story of the filming of Tommy across the city in 1974. There is also a bijou cinema 16, and a Hall of Fame with hundreds of photographs of local acts over the whole period.

The Open Evening offers a chance to see AaA’s recently completed 16 track digital and 8 track analogue recording studio and home of AaA Music Radio, soon to begin broadcasting online with an eclectic group of presenters playing music from the last 50 years. You will also be given the chance to see the new summer exhibition, Rock Shots – 50 years of music photography in Portsmouth, featuring photographs of the local music scene by a range of local photographers.

Come and relive your memories of some great days – or learn something you didn’t know about Portsmouth and in particular, ‘Pompey Pop’.

Plus, accompanying the show, debut performances by two new Pompey acts will be playing and will include, The Southsea Skifflers who are comprised of a mix of experienced musicians and beginners who may well be the largest skiffle orchestra in the country; reviving memories of the great days of the 1950s skiffle boom and folk revival. This will be their first-ever performance with a few songs at around 7.45pm.

Scarlett Town have been rehearsing for a few months following the final gig by popular local band Reet, Petite & Gone last year. They were together for 22 years and three of their members Dave Allen (vocals), Nick Evans (lap steel & mandolin) and Denis Reeve-Baker (guitar) recruited Sue Dobbyn (clarinet & violin) for a new acoustic line-up. But while Reet, Petite & Gone performed music rooted in pre-war country and blues, Scarlett Town will perform a selection of more recent songs by some of the finest songwriters including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, John Martyn, Gillian Welch, Lou Reed, Tim Buckley and Willie Nelson.

For event details visit the Guildhall Website or see on Facebook.

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Rock Shots – 50 Years of Music Photography in Portsmouth

Access All Areas: The Portsmouth Music Experience at Portsmouth Guildhall are hosting 50 years of music photography in Portsmouth from 15th April – 20th September. This photography exhibition will contain images of local, national & international bands, covering punk, rock ‘n’ roll, indie and everything in-between. Photography has been provided by the following Portsmouth Photographers: Bob Aylott, Oana Damir, Joe Watson, Steve Whale, Nigel Grundy, Paul Windsor, Tom Langford, Terry Aldridge & Robbie Robertson.

Admission is free!

Rock Shots

The Strong Island Photo of the Year Competition 2015

Throughout 2013 we ran a photography competition open to everyone where each week a photo selected from the weekly submissions was chosen as the Strong Island Facebook header image and placed on our Facebook page for a week. We had some incredible images from all over the city, from landmarks such as South Parade Pier to the Spinnaker Tower, to the stormy waves of the sea, the Warrior at night…so many incredible photos we were privileged to share. At the end of the year we asked you, the Strong Islanders, to pick your favourite from all the weekly winning images, and by tallying up all the Facebook likes the winner of the Strong Island Photo of the Year was the below photo of South Parade Pier by Catherine Taylor. Many of the the photos that came in were also submitted to our very successful Strong Island Calendar for 2014 too.

This year we’re running the Strong Island Photo of the Year competition, and again welcome any submissions sent to us in a variety of easy ways. The first is to email the photo to us at contact@strong-island.co.uk. Just include your name, the photo submissions, link to your website/Flickr/etc and let us know if you would like them also submitted to the calendar too. You can also submit images on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #SIPhotoComp2015 and we’ll keep an eye on any photos added. You can also tag us in to those tweets and photos too but be sure to use the hashtag so we know you’re entering them. The photos can be of anything, anywhere, as long as it is within the city. You can enter as many images as you like each week and they don’t have to have been taken that week they are submitted. By submitting the photos you’re giving us permission to share them (obviously) but we’ll only share them in relation to this competiton and we’ll ensure we credit you and link back to your website, Flickr, etc. Make sure you only submit photos you yourself took and have creative ownership/copyright of.

Each Friday we’ll post up our weekly winner on Facebook as our Facebook Header and also post up on Strong Island a selection of images we really liked from that week too. Each week the winner will win some Strong Island goodies. In December the final overall winner from all the weekly winners, after all your votes, will win a big pile of Strong Island goodness including a mug, tees, prints, etc and the image crowned Strong Island Photo of the Year 2015! Not just that, we’re also have an exhibition in Strong Island Co at the end of the year/start of 2016 of the best submitted images and the winning image.

You can start submitting your photos right now!

South Parade Pier by Catherine Taylor
South Parade Pier by Catherine Taylor, winner in 2013.

The Legitimate Road User Photography Project by Andrew Hayward – Cyclists Get Involved

We’ve featured the fine photography work of local photographer Andrew Hayward on numerous occasions over the years, from revealing glimpses of the secret Dockyard with a large format camera through to his captivating series of petrol stations at night. Andrew’s latest personal photography project is entitled The Legitimate Road User and focuses on cyclists, predominantly those who cycle to work, with a view to raise driver awareness that they are a legitimate road user and have the right to use the roads.

For this photography project Andrew aims to create a range of portraits of people with their bike, wearing what they would wear when cycling on the road. Andrew is looking for cyclists who would like to get involved and have their photo taken. For taking part, each cyclist will receive a free print of themselves and be invited along to any future exhibitions for the project. Participants would have to be from the South Hampshire area, preferably Portsmouth, Southsea, Gosport, Hayling Island, Chichester etc.

If this is something that interests you then email Andrew at info@andrewpaulhayward.com to find out more.

The Legitimate Road User Photography Project by Andrew Hayward

Strong Island Calendar 2015 – Now Sold Out

We’re pleased to announce that this years’ Strong Island calendar is now completely sold out. In total, you’ve helped us raise £500 for our chosen charity this year, the Alzheimer’s Society, which will help fund the invaluable work they do supporting those with dementia alongside their families and carers. If you would like to make a personal donation to the Society, you can do so here and find out exactly how your donation will make a difference.

Massive thanks to all the photographers that submitted imagery; we received a record number of entries this year and the quality of submissions made for a difficult selection process. We couldn’t raise this money without your contributions.

Work on the 2016 calendar is already underway and if you’d like to enter images don’t forget to hashtag your Instagram and Twitter photographs with #sic2016 or email any high-resolution copies to calendar@strong-island.co.uk.

Chantelle Wyatt ‘Travelling The World One Step At A Time’

Chantelle Wyatt, 30, a local Southsea resident has made a life out of travelling around the world and and writing about it and her new books explore the journeys and adventures that she has been on.

In ‘Diving The World one step at a Time’ the scuba enthusiast, invites us to some of Earth’s most beautiful dive sites. Her dream to travel and experience multiple locations is one that permeates the pages and the book’s travel diary feel makes it easy to pick up and enjoy.

Travel is almost second nature in a modern interconnected world and Chantelle’s desire to read individual’s stories is what proved to be her inspiration when writing Diving The World. In collating her memories and adventures she ensures these experiences will never be forgotten and hopes that in turn she can inspire others.

Diving The World gives an insight into the world that is common to so many different countries, that of the underwater. That this world can be appreciated by everybody is shown by introducing people she meets along the way and illustrated beautifully with photographs. The book sets out to display the true majesty of the ocean, how it binds us all and just how vital it is that we protect it.

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Chantelle’s latest book, ‘Travelling the World one step at a Time’ takes us on a tour of some of the wonders of the world from a non diving perspective. She looks at how easy it can be to travel to such remote locations and truly believes that anybody can pack up a backpack and explore and should.

Chantelle’s passion to write has also guided her to work for numerous magazines and newspapers in her local area to maintain good local relationships as she believes whole heartedly that being a good writer means you should explore all sorts of avenues.
Always looking for new opportunities and planning her next projects, she says that although she loves everything about the things she has done, there is no place like home and she will always return to sunny Southsea.

You can get your copy from Chantelle directly, Andark Diving & Watersports and Waterstones.

You can find Chantelle Wyatt on Facebook and on Twitter @Scubachan.

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Strong Island Calendar 2015 – Very Limited Stock Left!

We have been absolutely overwhelmed with the interest in our 2015 Calendar. In the last three years we have raised over £800 for the Alzheimer’s Society’s Portsmouth based services. We have a VERY limited number of calendars available and there is a good chance we will sell out quite soon, so if you haven’t got yourself one then don’t hang around too long!

You can get yourself a copy from our online shop HERE. They are priced at £10 each if you collect from Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea. Postal orders cost £12 each with international postage at £14 each.

Keep an eye out for the launch of the Strong Island 2016 Calendar #SICal2016 in the next few weeks!

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Portsmouth Tricorn Centre: A Photographic Inspiration – New Strong Island Website Launched

For the 2014 Portsmouth City Museum exhibition, Tricorn: Controversy in Concrete, marking the 10 years since the demolition of the Portsmouth Tricorn Centre we asked the people of Portsmouth to submit their photos of the city’s iconic Brutalist structure. Over 500 images were submitted by more than 30 photographers, of these 100 were put together in to a community photography panel that went in to the exhibition.

From the outset the Tricorn was considered a likely source of creative inspiration for photographers throughout its history and the submitted photography for us proved this opinion. The light and shadow, the lines and corners of the building, all were captured in creative ways by photographers both from Portsmouth and the rest of the UK. Many of the images were shot with 35mm and medium format film.

We wanted to, for the first time, bring all of this beautiful imagery together online with a new website, we’re happy to say that the website is now complete and live. This website is home to an ever growing selection of the best imagery of the much loved & hated building that dominated the city skyline from 1966 to 2004.

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed their photography. If you would like to submit your own images please EMAIL us. The website can be found at:

www.portsmouthtricorn.com

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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.

Telly Savalas Looks at Portsmouth

There’s more than ‘meats’ the eye to Portsmouth. A city where everyone in the know goes. Classic stuff. Kojak takes time between sucking lollipops and fighting crime to give us the 411 on Portsmouth city through the ages. Love the eclectic soundtrack. Thanks to Harry for posting this up for us in a previous article. Here’s looking at you Portsmouth…

Vintage Photography – Sunny Southsea

Following on from photos of The bandstand and Tennis Courts the other week, here’s another scan from Khalid.

Back before East Jet in the late 1940s, early 1950s people flocked to Southsea seafront. Check the beach huts near Canoe Lake. Dozens of them and the Paddling Pool which is now occupied by the Sealife Centre. Love the little train to the right of the picture. Click for a closer look.

Do we need to spell it out?

Letters from Ian Parmiter & Photo by Claire Sambrook

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

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.

Photo : Dom Walton

Vintage Photography – Sunny Southsea

Big thanks to Khalid who sent over these vintage photographs scanned from The Images of Portsmouth (1993). We have a small selection so I’ll put one page up each week.

Love this first shot of the band stand on the common in the 1920s showing how the site was originally used before the Skatepark was built around it in the 70s. So many deckchairs, it must have been big business back then. It’s a shame they didn’t keep the bandstand as it was with the little steps and iron railing. It’s a little different NOW as Marcus’s ariel shot shows. Click the image to see the high res scan up close.

Local Photographer – Matt Shaw

Louise from the Girls Who Ride crew gave us the heads up on the amazing photos of local photographer Matt Shaw, including some great images on Portsmouth, some in HDR too. Be sure to take your time going through Matt’s Flickr and here are a few to wet your appetite:

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.

Snow, Snow, Snow

Snow hit Southsea pretty hard last night and it snowing again this morning. Good luck to everyone battling the elements to get to work, college, school, etc today. Here are a few photos from last night, if you have any please pop a link to them in the comments, we would love to see them.

Adam Wintle (see more here):

Adam Wintle

Adam Wintle

Elizabeth Bick (see more here):

Elizabeth Bick

Elizabeth Bick

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