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Strong Island Photo of The Year Competition Week 7 Winner and Runners Up

Think I might stick with Thursdays…time to announce last week’s (week 7) weekly winner. We had a great mix of submissions with some B&W in there plus some catching life out and about Southsea now the summer is lurking around the corner. To submit photos yourself via Instagram & Twitter for the Strong Island Photo of the Year Competition use the hashtag #SIPhotoComp2015 and you can always email photos in too to contact@strong-island.co.uk.

A really tough choice it came down to a great photo of Southsea Common by Sam Carter and a photo of the Solent by Tony Benham…in the end our 7th weekly winning photo (by a whisker) is by photographer Tony Benham.

Isle of Wight View by Tony Benham
Isle of Wight View by Tony Benham (Submitted via email).

This weekly winner will now be entered into the finals of the competition which will happen in December where everyone can vote for their favourite weekly winning photos. This image will now become our Strong Island Facebook header image for the next 7(ish) days until next week’s winner.

Below are some of the runners up for this week. A huge thank you to everyone who submitted! Don’t worry if your photo didn’t win or make the shortlist, you can enter photos every week until the finals in December. You can now submit photos for this week’s weekly winner selection which will be chosen and shown next week. To enter simply email, Tweet or Instagram your photo that was taken in, on or around Portsmouth.

Southsea Common by Sam Carter (@cheesysam - Twitter)
Southsea Common by Sam Carter.

Gunwharf Quays by Salvatore Alessandro
Gunwharf Quays by Salvatore Alessandro.

Self Portrait by Rich Perrin ‏(@rsperrin - Twitter)
Self Portrait by Rich Perrin.

Birds by Neil Weatherston
Birds by Neil Weatherston.

Old Portsmouth by Johnny Black
Old Portsmouth by Johnny Black.

Moon by Howard Hurd
Moon by Howard Hurd.

Night Lights by Grzegorz Kopacz
Night Lights by Grzegorz Kopacz.

University of Portsmouth Graduate Show 2015

A highlight of the creative calendar in the city each year is the University of Portsmouth Faculty for the Creative and Cultural Industries Graduate Show. Each year sees the Eldon Building changed up in to a giant gallery, with floors dedicated to Illustration, Photography, Fine Art, Architecture, Graphic Design, Game Design, Animation, Fashion & Textile Design, Film, Performing Arts and much more. The 2015 Graduate Show kicks off tomorrow (Friday 29th) at 5pm and will include some live performances by Peach and the New Beats and Batala Portsmouth drummers. If you can’t make it the show will be up for a week and you can also watch the Graduate Show and pre-show interviews broadcast live from CCI TV from midday – 8pm at CCI TV.

This year will be the second year we will give out our Strong Island Creative Graduates to Watch Awards, with awards going to graduates from Illustration, Graphic Design and Photography who we feel have bright futures ahead after studying in Portsmouth. As always we’ll be posting up a review of the show next week too.

To find out more about the show visit the link below, the Facebook event and also have a watch of the preview film for this year plus the summary film from 2014’s show too.

ccigradshows.port.ac.uk

University of Portsmouth Graduate Show 2015

Strong Island Creative Graduates to Watch Awards 2015

Preview for 2015


Graduate Show 2014

Open Call for Deleted Photography & Illustration Project by Vagabond Gallery

Deleted started from the idea of combining photography and illustration, as a way of experimenting with the medium and their possibilities. Initially meant as a continuation of ‘My family album’ photography series by Oana Damir, it soon developed into a discussion about contemporary artists and individual ways of creating art, and the conscious decision of sharing it or not. Started in 2014, it is a collaboration between Kate Bishop and Oana Damir.

After the initial dialogue, the project soon developed into regular meetings at Making Space. It soon became apparent that the project would take the shape of compositions made out of multi-layering. The next step was choosing to organize an open call, so that other artists could join the dialogue, and help shape the outcome. ‘Deleted’ plans to challenge the ways online platforms allow creatives to interact with ideas, and social media as a superficial plan.

The open call is for contemporary artists and creatives, open-minded and willing to share their artwork, as well as being available for a series of discussions with Kate and Oana on the theme of technology, and creativity. Photography might play a role in the process, so they should be okay with being in front of the camera. The aim is to finalize the project with an exhibition, which would be a great opportunity for all the artists involved to gain further exposure for their practice, and also a chance for experimentation. The idea is to create an installation about physical sharing.

All creatives interested in becoming a part of the project, please send a short story about yourself, as well as the reason why you be a good fit to this collaboration via EMAIL. Do not forget to include links to your portfolio and practice, and contact details by 31st July 2015.

Find out more about the Deleted project at:

vagabond-gallery.com

Open Call for Deleted Photography & Illustration Project by Vagabond Gallery

Review of Under the Spotlight | Photography Exhibition at Coastguard Studio

Coastguard Studio this past weekend was host to it’s fifth (if I remember right) exhibition in a matter of six months or so, this one being a spin-off show to to the hugely successful Under the Spotlight exhibition earlier this year. Under the Spotlight | Photography brought together 30 photographers who are either based in Portsmouth or have strong ties with the city and the large open plan gallery space was packed full of diverse and engaging work.

I started off in the bar area, grabbing a beer and then checking out the panels lining the walls to this back space of Coastguard Studio. The first series that caught the eye were a pair of medium format, multiple exposures by Matt Ankers. I’ve seen a lot of Matt’s digital and commercial work (such as Victorious) so it was great to see his more personal work. The two images complemented each other well with emotive seaside scenes shot locally. Great to see film well represented in the exhibition. Next door on the wall was a series of film-noir inspired portraits by University of Portsmouth student Harry Murphy. This small wall right from the get go showed the incredible diversity of work produced for the exhibition and the different backgrounds of the contributors.

Under the Spotlight | Photography Exhibition - Matt Ankers
Work by Matt Ankers.

Under the Spotlight | Photography Exhibition - Harry Murphy
Work by Harry Murphy.

Another eye catching and intriguing panel was by Deborah Holton. The panel of 4 matched images showed x-ray collections of objects found on beach walks, going back over a decade or more. Each individual beach collection was kept in a 35mm film canister and could consist of beach glass, stones, sand and more. The idea behind the project and the dedication and composition consistency elevated this work to a highly conceptual piece that I’m sure inspired a few people to consider striking up their own ambitious concepts and projects in the future.

Under the Spotlight | Photography Exhibition - Deborah Holton
Work by Deborah Holton.

Also in this space were works by Andrew Hayward whose photography we’ve featured on a few occasions on Strong Island. On display were a small set of Andrew’s personal project capturing the oasis feel of service stations at night (also recently exhibited in a solo show with Aspex Gallery and Portsmouth Guildhall). The different garages shot in the same compositional style created a sense of consistency in the panel, drawing the eye in to discover more about the lit forecourts and bringing to mind the memories of late night road trips with friends and finding a sanctuary of fuel for the car and for the passengers. We’re actually exhibiting Andrew’s latest project in Strong Island Co very soon, keep an eye out for details.

Also shown in the room was work by Billie Cawte with her series of photos of projections shot around Portsmouth. These carefully considered images matched a location with a projection of a vintage image, shot at night, instilling a sense of continuity of a sense of place extending beyond normal, individual perceptions of time. These also, in a pleasantly strange way, bring to life forgotten functional corners of buildings. There was lots more to see in this space with other work by local photographers, I spent a little more time looking around before moving in to the large, open main exhibition space.

Under the Spotlight | Photography Exhibition

Straight away it was great to see the place so busy. It was early-ish on the Saturday night and the place was full of people of all ages checking out the work and chatting. Its always great to take a step back in an exhibition and just see people enjoying it. There is way too much work to go through individually here but a few panels really caught my eye for very different reasons. In one corner were a series of 360 images taken by Guilhem Brandy which showed different, familiar, spots around the city in an interesting new way. Changing up perspectives of familiar places is something I personally really like and this series from Albert Road, Southsea Seafront, Garrison Church and Guildhall Square drew you in to find out more.

Under the Spotlight | Photography Exhibition

One of the many great things about a shared exhibition is that the work touches on so many different subjects, drawing out many different thoughts and feelings from the people viewing the work. In a matter of a few steps you could take in the B&W film street photography by Matt Maber exploring the physical, social and cultural boundaries of Fratton Park on a Saturday afternoon through to the questioning and bold nudes by Ashton Keiditsch. In particular the powerful image of a lady with a partial mastectomy meant that the exhibition tackled some heavyweight subjects and these honest and questioning portraits looking at contemporary body image issues rightly raised discussion. The work reminded me of the recent series by Bryan Adams and also The Battle We Didn’t Choose.

Under the Spotlight | Photography Exhibition - Ashton Keiditsch
Work by Ashton Keiditsch.

Also panels that caught the eye included: the photos of Diana Goss whose work has a foot in each of her professions: photography and psychotherapy, the long exposures by both Elmer Maniebo and Jon Neil, the portraits by Aaron Bennett, the views on old age by Yasmin Collins and so, so much more. Hopefully the photos below give you a glimpse.

If you want to see the work in person the exhibition is open until Friday from 12pm to 2pm. Check the Coastguard Studio Facebook page for more information HERE.

Under the Spotlight | Photography Exhibition

Under the Spotlight | Photography Exhibition

Under the Spotlight | Photography Exhibition

Under the Spotlight | Photography Exhibition - Yasmin Collins

Under the Spotlight | Photography Exhibition - Aaron Bennett

Under the Spotlight | Photography Exhibition

Strong Island Photo of The Year Competition Week 6 Winner and Runners Up

Behind again, really sorry for the delay on announcing last week’s weekly winner. For last week we saw lots of submissions come through Instagram with a wide variety of locations from around the city. We also had loads submitted through Twitter (using the same hashtag). To submit photos yourself via Instagram & Twitter for the Strong Island Photo of the Year Competition use the hashtag #SIPhotoComp2015 and you can always email photos in too to contact@strong-island.co.uk.

We’re happy to announce the sixth weekly winning photo is by photographer Grzegorz Kopacz.

Port Solent Marina by Grzegorz Kopacz
Port Solent Marina by Grzegorz Kopacz (Submitted via Instagram).

This weekly winner will now be entered into the finals of the competition which will happen in December where everyone can vote for their favourite weekly winning photos. This image will now become our Strong Island Facebook header image for the next 7 days until next week’s winner.

Below are some of the runners up for this week. A huge thank you to everyone who submitted! Don’t worry if your photo didn’t win or make the shortlist, you can enter photos every week until the finals in December. You can now submit photos for this week’s weekly winner selection which will be chosen and shown next Monday (ish!). To enter simply email, Tweet or Instagram your photo that was taken in, on or around Portsmouth.

Arches at Night by Sam Carter
Arches at Night by Sam Carter.

Down to Old Portsmouth by Katrina Cawsey
Down to Old Portsmouth by Katrina Cawsey.

Busking by Chris Grant
Busking by Chris Grant.

Clouds Over Portsmouth by Billie Cawte
Clouds Over Portsmouth by Billie Cawte.

Sunny Southsea by Danielle Gridley
Sunny Southsea by Danielle Gridley.

HMS Warrior by Catherine Taylor
HMS Warrior by Catherine Taylor.

Architecture by Howard Hurd
Architecture by Howard Hurd.

Clouds over the Stack by Johnny Black
Clouds over the Stack by Johnny Black.

Pigeon by Kate Smith
Pigeon by Kate Smith.

Under The Spotlight – Photography Exhibition at Coastguard Studio

You’ll probably remember earlier this year the Under the Spotlight exhibition held at the Coastguard Studio in Southsea, where over 50 local artists, photographers, designers, street artists and more were part of one of the largest group shows in a while. This Saturday sees the opening of a spin-off to that exhibition Under the Spotlight – Photography that, as the name suggests, places the attention firmly on photographers’ work.

This new group exhibition brings together 30 photographers who are either based in Portsmouth and Southsea or have very strong links with the area. The photographers are:

Monika Feczko-Guzman, Shaun Roster, Salvatore Alessandro, Matt Ankers, Ashton Keiditsch, Aaron Bennett, Guilhem Brandy, Billie Rae Cawte, Thomas Martinez, Diana Goss, Andrew Paul Hayward, Matt Maber, Isabel Hernandez, Elmer Maniebo, Andrew Malbon, Harry Murphy, Jon Neil, Awful Shame, Emily Whiting, Mad Johnny, Cameron Windsor, Paul Windsor, Dario Scovacricchi, Mark Persaud, Connor Warren, Jessica Bowers, Jonty Sexton, Deborah Holton, Yasmine Collins & Ali Tollervey.

If you’ve been following Strong Island for a while or have bought our calendar over the years many of those names will be familiar to you, there is no doubt this will be a fantastic collection of images.

The exhibition opens this Saturday at 5pm, find out more details on the exhibition Facebook event HERE and over at:

www.coastguardstudio.com

Under The Spotlight - Photography Exhibition at Coastguard Studio

Strong Island Summer Portsmouth Photography Walkshops

Through Strong Island Media we have delivered photography workshops over the last 3 years to over a thousand people of all ages and abilities across the south coast. Working with Chichester Harbour Conservancy, University of Portsmouth, Making Space, Hampshire Cultural Trust plus many schools and youth groups we’ve developed Walkshops, where rather than sitting down in a classroom you actively learn different photography skills and techniques out and about with your camera, with support from a professional photographer.

We’ve delivered dozens of these Walkshops from Worthing through to Bournemouth and as far north as Surrey but for the first time we’re now offering them to the budding photographers in Portsmouth. We’re blessed with a visually rich and diverse city, with harbours, beaches, woodland, wildlife and lots of heritage to explore through photography. These photography workshops throughout the summer will take place at different locations around the city and will involve a leisurely 2 hour walk with fun & creative photo activities allowing you to find out much more about your camera and how to get the best from it in the future. We’ll be looking at composition, perspectives, textures, leading lines, creating narrative and also how to take control of aperture and shutter speed.

All you have to do is bring along your camera to take part. It can be anything from a digital compact through to an SLR and if you want to shoot 35mm film, cool! If you don’t have your own camera we have a selection of digital compacts you are free to borrow for the workshop. We can even offer 35mm SLRs for you to use if you like. Even if you just bring along your cameraphone you’ll learn loads that’ll make a big difference to your mobile photography.

Walkshops are 2 hours long (from 10am to 12pm) and cost £10 either in advance (booked online) or in person at the start of the workshop. Group size is limited to 15 per workshop. All ages welcome.

Walkshop dates and locations are as follows:

20th June – Old Portsmouth, meeting at the Round Tower
4th July – Southsea Seafront, meeting at Clarence Pier
18th July – Hilsea Lines/Foxes Forest, meeting at Hilsea
8th August – Eastney, meeting at Hayling Ferry Point
15th August – Southsea Castle
19th September – Southsea Seafront, meeting at Rose Gardens

You can book online on any of these walkshops right HERE using Eventbrite & PayPal. For more information give Paul a call on 07752 007101 or email paul@strongislandmedia.com.

Seal Primary Academy

Conservancy Sunset Workshop

Chamberlayne Photography Workshop

Photos from Curxes Album Release Party with Strong Island Recordings

As you will hopefully know by know (we’ve dropped enough hints) Strong Island Recordings‘ latest release is ‘Verxes’, an album by Southsea/Brighton band Curxes. Last night we had a bit of an album release party over at the Cellars in Eastney with The Boy I used to Be, Wyldest and Curxes on stage. A huge thank you to everyone who came down to support Curxes and the label, means a lot to see a big turnout like last night. Some photos from last night are below, you can see loads more on the Strong Island Recordings Facebook page and the Strong Island Flickr.

As you may also know, today Strong Island Recordings and Pie & Vinyl will for the first time have a stage at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival. If you’re heading down today to check out the alternative stages be sure to drop by Bleach where you’ll be able to catch label friends and family Curxes, Gang, The Boy I Used to Be, Melt Dunes, Rickyfitts, Theo Verney plus Man Made, Morning Smoke, SASHA & Flyying Colours. Check Facebook for all the details HERE.












Southsea Skatepark Featured in new Skateboarding Book ‘Sk8-80s’

Goes without saying that at the high of the 1980s skateboarding boom Southsea Skatepark was one of the key places to skate, party, see skate tours and much more. At the time some 80s skateboarding pros called Southsea and the skatepark home (Gary Lee, Mark & Barry Abrook) and with so many visiting skaters from all over the world coming to legendary competitions the park was well and truly on the map internationally too. Photos to this day appear on blogs and Instagram from the Bones Brigade demos, Zorlac, Ben Schroeder and so many names burnt in to skateboarding history.

UK photographer Paul Duffy and long time UK skater Mark ‘Trawler’ Lawler have come together this year to create a new book that for the first time tries to capture raw skateboarding across the UK and Europe in the 1980s. ‘Sk8-80s’ is 212 pages of A4 full bleed rawness and is being self-published with it just this week now up for pre-order. The cover itself features Scottish skater Davie Phillip with a layback smith in the ‘new’ pool at Southsea Skatepark and the sneak peeks so far see the late USA skater Steve Schneer at the Shut Up and Skate comp on Southsea vert ramp. In a nice indirect way the other sneak peek spread sees Hugh ‘Bod’ Boyle on the Swansea vert ramp which just happened to have Southsea’s Claire Sambrook on the platform shooting photos at the time.

Another nice connection, Paul Duffy submitted the photo of the Southsea guys bombing the Tricorn carpark ramp to our Tricorn project last year…hoping that is in the book too.

You can find out more about the book on Facebook HERE and you can now pre-order the book for £21.99 at the link below:

sk880s.bigcartel.com

Skateboarding Book 'Sk8-80s'

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Strong Island Photo of The Year Competition Week 5 Winner and Runners Up

We’re catching up! For last week we saw lots of submissions come through Instagram in particular, remember you can tag older photos but it is a little harder for us to find them as Instagram tends to sort hashtag searches by date. We also had loads submitted through Twitter (using the same hashtag). To submit photos yourself via Instagram & Twitter for the Strong Island Photo of the Year Competition use the hashtag #SIPhotoComp2015 and you can always email photos in too to contact@strong-island.co.uk. We’re happy to announce the fifth weekly winning photo is by photographer Johnny Black.

Portchester Castle by Johnny Black
Portchester Castle by Johnny Black (Submitted via Twitter).

This weekly winner will now be entered into the finals of the competition which will happen in December where everyone can vote for their favourite weekly winning photos. This image will now become our Strong Island Facebook header image for the next 7 days until next week’s winner.

Below are some of the runners up for this week. A huge thank you to everyone who submitted! Don’t worry if your photo didn’t win or make the shortlist, you can enter photos every week until the finals in December. You can now submit photos for this week’s weekly winner selection which will be chosen and shown next Monday (ish!). To enter simply email, Tweet or Instagram your photo that was taken in, on or around Portsmouth.

Southsea Beach by Koukoutsi
Southsea Beach by Koukoutsi.

Memorial in the Sun by Chris Grant
Memorial in the Sun by Chris Grant.

Portsmouth Prom by Sam Ball
Portsmouth Prom by Sam Ball.

Southsea Beach by Danielle Gridley
Southsea Beach by Danielle Gridley.

Spinnaker Tower by Christos Mavros.
Spinnaker Tower by Christos Mavros.

Beach by G3rzegorz
Beach by G3rzegorz.

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The Old Portsmouth and The New Southsea

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

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






Vintage Photography – Sunny Southsea

Totally forgot to add this one to the series of ‘Vintage Photography – Sunny Southsea‘ that we had posted in the past. So following on once again from the photos of the Seafront and the Paddling Pool after The Bandstand and Tennis Courts and The Pier and Esplanade , here’s the final scan.

Above Western Parade

The other day I got to go up on to the roof of a house on Western parade with a great view over the common, Southsea and The Solent. Always interesting seeing Southsea in new ways. Below are some photos (click on ‘Read More’ to see more plus there are more over on Forever Circling).

Created Local – Caleigh Illerbrun

Old University friend Tom Hall sent me over a link to his extremely talented and prolific girlfriend Caleigh Illerbrun’s online portfolio www.caleigh-ill.com. With illustration, painting and 3 dimensional work firmly tucked under her belt Caleigh has an impressive amount of work on her site, some of which is up for grabs. Currently selling coasters over in her SHOP, Caleigh needs a little help identifying the favourites as she has an advert coming out soon in a magazine.

I’m loving the ‘Wood Tree’ coaster set below, and very much so the ‘Bearlamb’ acrylic & pen at the bottom. You can also follow Caleigh on Facebook and also her blog.

Guildhall After WWII

On 10th January 1941 during a heavy bombing attack on Portsmouth the Guildhall was hit by several incendiary bombs which heavily damaged the structure and the resulting fires quickly spread throughout the whole building, turning it in to just a shell. It took almost 15 years to rebuild the Guildhall in to what we have today, which was officially reopened by the Queen on the 8th June 1959. This photo from Stan Webb from a collection of photos collected by Portsmouth College shows how totally destroyed the building was, leaving just some of the frontage and most of the tower.

Guildhall

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.









Google Maps – Street View

Portsmouth now has street view enabled on Google Maps, giving an interesting perspective of the city. Good to see it was a nice, sunny day in Southsea when the car drove through. Sadly no Old Portsmouth though.

Dockyards

The dockyards, taken on 18th July 1914. The dockyards and harbour are quiet as almost all the ships are anchored at Spithead ready for the Royal review by King George V.

Dockyard
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After skating…

…the boys enjoy a sit down at the seafront on a Sunday. Photo courtesy of the ever busy Quiet Corners lensman Paul Gonella. Perfect days, albeit still cold.

Last Day of the Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester

The Creating Balance Project exhibition’s current residency at the Pitfield Pop-Up in Winchester ends today with the exhibition receiving some really great comments and coverage on websites, etc. Below are some photos by our own Claire Sambrook from a recent visit when many of the project’s artist/designer/photographer participants went up for a look. See more of Claire’s Creating Balance Project photos over on here Flickr.

The Creating Balance Project exhibition will return home to Portsmouth on the 10th of January 2014 for an extended exhibition at Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf, with an opening party and a series of other events and activities to be announced very soon. Ourselves and Anglepoise® are all really looking forward to showing the project to everyone in Portsmouth very soon!

To find out more about the project and exhibition please visit:

www.creatingbalanceproject.co.uk

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (1)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (2)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (3)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (4)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (5)

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Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (7)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (8)

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