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Skateboarding Edit by Paul Scott

Photographer and filmmaker Paul Scott recently moved down to Portsmouth after graduating in London and has already put together a short skate edit with a visiting Josh Ward-Brickett hitting up some local spots. Really like this photo of Josh and a layback frontside rock ‘n’ Roll on the lawcourts.

Check the photo and the edit below:

Josh Ward-Brickett Frontside Rock 'n' Roll by Paul Scott

Strong Island Photo of The Year Competition Week 12 Winner and Runners Up

So many great photographs submitted this past week (week 12) with lots of sun from the hot summer days and sunsets. 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.

This week’s winning image is of the colourful beach flora in Eastney, photographed by Sheila Mackie.

Photo by Sheila Mackie
Eastney Flowers by Sheila Mackie.

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.

Photo by Junior Gee
Photo by Junior Gee.

Photo by Beth Fletcher
Photo by Beth Fletcher.

Photo by Megan Barnes
Photo by Megan Barnes.

Photo by Kebe Iwara
Photo by Kebe Iwara.

Photo by Tony Fleming
Photo by Tony Fleming.

Photo by JL Crespo
Photo by JL Crespo.

Photo by Johnny Valentine
Photo by Johnny Valentine.

Photo by Johnny Black
Photo by Johnny Black.

Photo by Howard Hurd
Photo by Howard Hurd.

Photo by Grzegorz Kopacz
Photo by Grzegorz Kopacz.

Photo by Ellis Hampton
Photo by Ellis Hampton.

Photo by Ailsa
Photo by Ailsa.

Creative Census Portsmouth Continues!

We’ve had a great first month for our Creative Census project with lots of people completing the questions about their creative jobs, businesses and organisations…but we need more!

With our Creative Census project we aim to measure the creative temperature of the city for the first time, with the help of everyone involved with the creative industries in Portsmouth and Southsea. The census is open for submissions at the Creative Census website, please take a minute to complete the questions and to share this with everyone. The more people who take part, the better the results!

Once the census is complete we will be analysing the data and producing a presentation on the findings which we hope can actively promote the city regionally & nationally and also help lobby for improved access to resources, training, funding and more.

Please share the census with all of your friends on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc, your & your friends input can help make a difference.

We’ll be distributing flyers for Creative Census very soon with which you’ll be able to win a selection of locally created & designed prizes, more soon!

www.creativecensus.co.uk

Creative Census Portsmouth

Strong Island Photo of The Year Competition Week 11 Winner and Runners Up

A great collection of photographs submitted this past week (week 11) sees a nice summer mix of photos with lots of sun. 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.

This week’s winning image is an creative composition of a firm favourite, South Parade Pier, photographed by Pete Blackman.

Photo by Pete Blackman
South Parade Pier by Pete Blackman.

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.

Photo by JL Crespo
Photo by by José Crespo

Photo by Megan Barnes
Photo by Megan Barnes.

Photo by Daniel Atienza
Photo by Daniel Atienza.

Photo by Norbert Mintoff
Photo by Norbert Mintoff.

Photo by Howard Hurd
Photo by Howard Hurd.

Photo by Richard O'Keeffe
Feeding time by Richard O'Keeffe.

Photo by Johnny Black
Photo by Johnny Black.

Photo by Nathan Jones
Photo by Nathan Jones.

Photo by Grzegorz Kopacz
Broken Window by Grzegorz Kopacz.

Photo by Alessandro Salvatore
Carrying the Sun by Alessandro Salvatore.

Kayak Photography Trips in Langstone Harbour with Portsmouth Watersports

We recently went on a boat trip out in Langstone Harbour with our cameras looking for birds and wildlife but if you want something at a bit of a more leisurely pace Portsmouth Watersports are running photography kayak trips out in the harbour in July. Portsmouth Watersports are offering the photographers of Portsmouth the chance to kayak out with a guide to the many islands and mudbanks that appear at low tide around the harbour to visit the bird sanctuaries and to see the seals that also call the local harbours home. You do not have to be a competent kayaker to take part on these tours and you will be supplied all the kit you require.

There are two kayak trips planned:

Sunday 12th July, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm
Saturday 22nd August, from 10am to 1pm

The trips cost only £35 per person and spaces are very limited, if you would like to book on, please contact Joanne on 02392 663873.

Below are a few photos from a seal boat trip in neighbouring Chichester Harbour. These seals travel up and down the Solent and the mud banks down by the Watersports centre is a particularly popular sunbathing spot for them.

Don’t forget this summer we are running our wildlife photography competition with the RSPB, so if you are out on a kayak and get great shots of the three different birds we a re after, send them in for a chance to win some Strong Island and RSPB prizes.




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 Poster 2016

Strong Island Photography Walkshop at Old Portsmouth

We’ve been involved in delivering photography workshops through Strong Island Media for the last 3 or more years all over the south coast, working with people of all ages and abilities but Saturday was the first time we have run them ourselves in Portsmouth. The first of six ‘walkshops’, Saturday morning’s photography walk & workshop was all around Old Portsmouth, exploring with our cameras the different views, perspectives, textures, patterns and angles from the Round Tower, along the Hotwalls and down to the Sally Port, pier and beach. We had 10 great photographers along for the walk with cameras ranging from an iPhone 6 to pro SLRs. You can see some photos from the walk below (the rest are on our Flickr photography archive and our Facebook page) and we’ll be posting up some of the photos taken by the photographers who came along on our social media later this week.

If you want to come to our next photography walkshop, it will be on the 4th July on Southsea Seafront, going from pier to pier. The walkshop is £10 for 2 hours and open to all abilities. Details of this walk and all of the other walkshops planned for the summer plus links to book online can be found at:

strong-island.co.uk/photography-walkshops




























Get Twitching in Portsmouth with the RSPB: Three Different Birds to Spot & Photograph This Summer

If you have read the write up from our recent RSPB trip around Langstone Harbour you’ll know that even though we live in such a densely populated city we’re lucky to have lots of wildlife living in and around Portsmouth. For birds each season brings flocks of new birds to call the city and harbours home, if only for a short while before travelling (sometimes thousands of miles) onwards.

We’re working with the local RSPB team to suggest three birds to keep your eye out for each season, beginning with summer. Summer attracts many birds to Portsmouth to nest and breed new generations of birds that will return year in year out. These first three birds are Langstone Harbour favourites and can be spotted fairly easily by the naked eye or with binoculars or a camera.

Speaking of cameras, we’re running a competition where we want all you budding wildlife photographers to send in your photos of the three birds for the season. Photo each one and send them in and the RSPB team will pick their favourites for each bird. The three winners will win some Strong Island and RSPB prizes. Obviously, goes without saying, that we recommend you photo the birds from a distance where you will not disturb their nests, chicks, etc.

Send in your bird photos via email to paul@strong-island.co.uk and label the email RSPB and be sure to send them in by the end of AUGUST for a chance to win.

The three birds the RSPB suggest you keep an eye out for this summer are:

Oystercatcher
The oystercatcher is a large, stocky, black and white wading bird. It has a long, orange-red bill and reddish-pink legs. In flight, it shows a wide white wing-stripe, a black tail, and a white rump that extends as a ‘V’ between the wings. Because it eats cockles, the population is vulnerable if cockle beds are overexploited. They are commonly seen in the harbour, we know they breed here, though how successfully we don’t know.

Oystercatcher

Little Egret
The little egret is a small white heron with attractive white plumes on crest, back and chest, black legs and bill and yellow feet. It first appeared in the UK in significant numbers in 1989 and first bred in Dorset in 1996. The RSPB was formed to counter the barbarous trade in plumes for women’s hats, a fashion responsible for the destruction of many thousands of egrets and other species who’s plumes had become fashionable in the late Victorian era.

Little Egret

Sandwich Tern
The Sandwich tern is a very white tern, with a black cap on its head, a long black bill with a yellow tip and short black legs. In flight it shows grey wedges on its wings tips and it has a short forked tail. The Sandwich tern is one of 3 species of tern that breed in Langstone Harbour and this year looks to be promising so far. In the UK many of the important colonies survive because they are on Nature Reserves.

Sandwich Tern

We’re looking forward to seeing the results!

Strong Island Photo of The Year Competition Week 10 Winner and Runners Up

With a heavy dose of sun this week (week 10) sees a nice summer mix of photos from all corners of the city. 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.

This week’s winning image is of low(ish) tide art dusk on Milton slipway, looking back from Langstone Harbour to the houses on shore, taken by Jon Neil.

Milton Slipway by Jon Neil
Milton Slipway by Jon Neil.

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.

Ghost Sign by Howard Hurd
Ghost Sign by Howard Hurd.

Southsea Prom by Whim Biscuit
Southsea Prom by Whim Biscuit.

Boat Wreak by Sam Carter
Boat Wreak by Sam Carter.

South Parade Pier by José Crespo
South Parade Pier by José Crespo.

Langstone Harbour Quays by Johnny Black
Langstone Harbour Quays by Johnny Black.

Southsea Flats by David Ellis
Southsea Flats by David Ellis.

Southsea Beach by Nathan Jones
Southsea Beach by Nathan Jones.

Crane by Grzegorz Kopacz
Crane by Grzegorz Kopacz.

Southsea Skatepark by Chris Grant
Southsea Skatepark by Chris Grant.

Sun and Sea by Alessandro Salvatore
Sun and Sea by Alessandro Salvatore.

Beijing Artists in Portsmouth with The Kings Theatre and Portsmouth Festivities

Throughout the coming weeks of June Portsmouth will be home to a group of international artists from Beijing who will be on artists residencies, exhibiting work and running workshops, all at different locations around the city. The artists are visiting thanks to The Kings Theatre in association with Portsmouth Festivities, with events starting from today!

Supported by the Arts Council of England these artists will make Portsmouth their home as they absorb the architecture, landmarks, landscape and people to create new works, and inspire others to get creative. Following their visit to Portsmouth they will go to Oxford for a residency as part of the Oxford Arts Festival.

The visiting Beijing artists are:

Nicola Rivelli is an Italian sculptor who has made a home and career for himself in Beijing, China. His sculpture ‘The Tajshan Kid’ (7.5 metres tall, 1200kg bronze statue) became the mascot for the 2008 Olympic Games and drew world-wide attention.

Han Zhibing is president of China’s painting and calligraphy art research institute Mountain. He works with both oil and acrylic paints. The lotus colours of his works mark the transition between traditional and contemporary style.

Zhong Yan is an abstract painter who’s work as the ‘Oriental Picasso’ combines the cultural elements of East and West, using a unique pen to create a powerful breadth of space, which handles colour and changing light levels. Zhong Yan has travelled and exhibited in Malaysia, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Hong Kong, Shanghai and more.

Vittorio Guida is a photographer Born in Naples who originally trained as a set designer before moving into photography. His works spans film, portraiture, architecture and reportage and has featured in books and exhibitions world-wide. He moved to Beijing in 2009, and now divides his time between China and Italy.

Residencies

The visiting artists will be in residence at a few different locations around the city where you will be able to see them at work:

16th June to the 27th June
Zhong Yan will be in residency at HMS Warrior and Han Zhibing will be working in the Kings Theatre.

19th June to the 27th June
Nicola Rivelli will be in residency at HMS Warrior and Vittorio Guida will be at the Kings Theatre.

Visiting either of these Portsmouth locations during these next two weeks will give you an insight of the visiting artists at work.

Exhibitions

The following exhibitions are at Southsea exhibition spaces and both free entry!

Zhong Yan and Han Zhibing Exhibition Open Evening
Friday 19th June
Coastguard Studio, 91 Clarendon Road, Southsea, PO4 0SA
6-8pm Free

Nicola Rivelli and Vittorio Guida Exhibition Open Evening
Monday 22nd June
Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 2QJ
6-7pm Free
Following Exhibition Open Hours
Thursdays and Saturdays, 10.30am – 2pm

Meet the Artists

A series of events at different Portsmouth cultural and heritage locations allow you to meet the artists in person and find out more about the practice and their current work.

Meet the Artists: Nicola Rivelli
Wednesday 24 June, 1-2pm
On board at HMS Warrior 1860, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3QX

Meet the Artists: Vittorio Guida
Wednesday 24 June, 3-4pm
No. 28 Kings Theatre Portsmouth, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 2QJ

The artist talks are free but booking in advance is recommended!

Workshops

A series of fantastic workshops have been arranged by The Kings Theatre where you’ll be able to work in small groups with the individual artists on different creative techniques and processes. Booking via The Kings Theatre box office is highly recommended and these one off opportunities to work with international artists will book up quick.

Workshop: Zhong Yan – Abstract Painting
Monday 22nd June, 1pm
On board at HMS Warrior 1860, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3QX
£25 (inc. all materials), must be booked in advanced Workshop limited to 5 participants.

Workshop: Vittorio Guida – Photography
Tuesday 23 June, 2-4pm
The Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO4 0JW
£25 (inc. all materials), must be booked in advanced Workshop limited to 5 participants.

Seminar: Vittorio Guida – Photography
Thursday 25th June, 10am-12noon
Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth PO2 9QA
£25 (inc. all materials), must be booked in advanced.

Workshop: Han Zhibing – Chinese Calligraphy
Thursday 25th June, 1-3pm
Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth PO2 9QA
£25 (inc. all materials), must be booked in advanced Workshop limited to 5 participants.

Workshop: Nicola Rivelli – Traditional Wax
Thursday 25th June. 1-3pm
On board at HMS Warrior 1860, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3QX
£25 (inc. all materials), must be booked in advanced Workshop limited to 5 participants

Workshop: Han Zhibing – Chinese Calligraphy
Friday 26 June, 1-3pm
Kings Theatre Portsmouth, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 2QJ
£25 (inc. all materials), must be booked in advanced Workshop limited to 5 participants

Further information about this very special international arts project plus booking online for the events and workshops can all be done at The Kings Theatre website:

www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk

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Southsea & Portsmouth Guide

Local photographer Steve Bomford recently sent over a series of scans from the 1926 Official Publication of the Southsea Beach & Publicity Committee Portsmouth Corporation book ‘Southsea & Portsmouth’.

‘It is of little use to invite intending holiday makers to a town, unless there are attractions to offer, under all conditions of our notorious fickle ‘English’ climate. We do not make the statement that the sun shines every day at Southsea, but records show that we do get the maximum amount of sunny hours. Last year again, 1,923 hours were recorded, the highest number (with one exception) in the United Kingdom. Admitting that the question of sunshine is an important one, it is contended that a holiday resort must have other attractions, such as charming amenities, efficient public services, splendid variety of amusements, good facilities for all outdoor sports, and a good selection of cheap excursions and places of historical interest, to make a general appeal to those who are seeking a health-giving and enjoyable holiday.”

I love all the old hand drawn adverts and especially like the ‘medically recommended’ page. Where the sun lingers longer. Couldn’t be closer to the truth still to this day. It’s a shame the ‘most artistic cafe in Southsea’ is no longer in operation and the amount of people gathered on South Parade beach is incredible. Be sure to check out the full set with over 80 pages of photos, adverts and chapters all about Portsmouth & Southsea over at Steve’s Flickr HERE. A really interesting read if you like your history. And we know you do.

Southsea Show 1970

Image: eBay

Portsmouth on Film – Episode 2

A new episode of Jonathan & Matthew Ring’s vintage family footage ‘Portsmouth on Film’ went up this week.

This episode has focuses on Canoe Lake and the Model Village.

Sunny Southsea

I went for bike ride today to take advantage of the nice, albeit cold, weather and take a few photos. Check them out over on my Flickr photostream.

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The Fog

Anyone who was out in Southsea and some surrounding areas would have witnessed the rolling fog that made it’s way inland this Sunday. Creeping past the Isle of Wight and finally making it’s way to the beach and taking people by total surprise. Hundreds of people were out having BBQs and generally enjoying the sun when all of a sudden things got weird when you could see your breath in the air and pockets of mist were passing right in front of your eyes. It’s rare to see this during day and normally only occurs first thing in the morning, so this was pretty cool to see.

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spinnaker-fog

Check out some more photos of “The Fog’ over on my Flickr Photostream.

Tearing Down The House – Roller Hockey Club

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

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


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

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

It’s going to be a Strong Movember

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 our MoSpace 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

Strong Island Easter Bike Ride Video II

Sharpie just sent me over his edit from the Bike Ride last April 4th. He attached one of those fancy Flip Cameras onto his handlebars and he was away. Really cool to be able to see the ride from different perspectives. Cheers buddy.

Freestylin’

I’m not a BMXer and only cruised on my Raleigh Burner to get to skate spots when I was young, but i’ve always had huge admiration the those guys. They’re freakin’ nuts. I remember Freestylin’ mag when I was younger and would always have a flick through if I could. I loved the whole style thing surrounding BMXing in the 80’s. Mag wheels, crazy colour co-ordinated bikes and big attitude.

Well, you can relive all the that, at least to a visual extent, in the form of the Freestylin’ book. Some of you may have already seen this but may not know you can download the 158 page PDF here.

Go straight to page 106 for an article on Craig Campbell at Southsea Skatepark. Sick.

Local Photographer – Eamon Lane

A recent arrival to Portsmouth, Eamon Lane has been out and about the city recently shooting photos on the street and at local events such as Love Your Bike. Below are a few examples of Eamon’s photography, visit I Love Slugs to see more.






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