The Other Side is an exhibition brought to you by Hannah Kay Butcher. The exhibition opens tonight at the White Elephant on Cromwell Road. You can head down there from 7pm until 11pm. The Other Side documents life via reflections and shadows in moving images street photography and back projection.
For more information check out the Facebook Event page HERE.
A shop full of clutter and characters and which has drawn customers from all over the world has been immortalised by two local artists.
‘The Shop’ is a project devoted to revealing in close-up the people who worked in military treasure trove Sabre Sales on Castle Road, which has now closed its doors after nearly 30 years.
The artists have spent two years collecting close-up photographs, film, interviews and memories of the shop. They hope the rest of Castle Road will take part in honouring the shop by giving over their shop window to photographs of mannequins, artefacts from the shop, it’s staff and other memorabilia.
Film-maker Timothy Connell and Oana Damir, a photographer and the woman behind Vagabond, a travelling art gallery in Southsea, are launching their multimedia project – a homage to a Portsmouth landmark – on October 17. The street long exhibition will run for two weeks until the 31st of October.
Tim said: “The shop was known and loved by so many people. It was a den of clutter awash with characters young and old, it was a relic of retail past that we wanted to treasure and celebrate it.”
The shop has special significance for Tim. His father used to work as a volunteer in the shop on Saturdays and Tim remembers being taken in there throughout his childhood.
He said: “High streets tend to all look the same up and down Britain, but Portsmouth’s Castle Road has always been a law unto itself and Sabre Sales stands out as a jewel in the crown as a true one-off. It’s very sad it is closing, it’s a real local institution. Oana and I wanted to capture something of the spirit of the place and the people who work there before it was too late.”
In addition to persuading other shopkeepers to join the art project by displaying artefacts and photographs from The Shop Project, Tim and Oana are producing a limited 100 print run of commemorative newspapers featuring the shop’s characters and stories.
Tim said: “We are asking vendors along Castle Road to join us in one last salute to a truly unique and much cherished fixture of Southsea by exhibiting a selection of photographic works in their windows and shops for a two-week long exhibition.”
The preview will take place on the 17th October, at 6pm, starting at Shop 65 on Castle Road, followed by Tony Wood’s Salon, Pie&Vinyl, Brocante, Delayney’s, Truffles, Sabre Sales, Pete Codling’s Atelier and ending at 101 Reykjavik for drinks until late.
Friend of Strong Island and one of our most loved creatives Ami Lowman has just released the images of her second lingerie collection. Ami who launched Mia Mai after graduating from Portsmouth Uni in 2006 has created collections of handmade and customized vintage clothing over the last few years in addition to her artwork and freelance teaching.
In 2012 Ami and Mia Mai took her career in a new direction designing a collection of lingerie to debut at the first ever Southsea Fashion Week. Two years on and this new collection showcases the designers unique approach to lingerie. She designs and creates garments that deserve to be shown off as apposed to hidden away under clothes. The collection has a huge ethnic inspiration and is made using vintage materials, donated clothing, jewellery, vintage laces and Indian trims.
Ami will be taking her beautiful collection to Brighton Fashion Week next month to take part in a curated Fashion Market featuring 40 handpicked designers and artists from across the country. Mia Mai accepts bespoke commissions for lingerie sets, to enquire or to see more of Ami’s work visit her website www.miamai.co.uk, Facebook and Twitter @MiaMai.
Local creative Sam Brooks (who recently participated in our Tricorn Artist Series) was, like many of us, at Victorious Festival this year and captured some of the sights of the festival and has produced a series of animated GIFs. animated GIFs have been around for almost 20 years but as bandwidth increases to dramatically grow they are no longer clunky MySpace-like flashing colours…and can now be refined, thought provoking, fascinating frozen moments in time.
Winter is coming, that means only one thing, we are working hard behind the scenes finalising our 2015 calendar. We were again overwhelmed by the demand for our 2014 calendar. This year we aim to have the calendar available for pre orders from mid October, with the copies ready for dispatch/sale in mid November.
The calendars will be available in the Strong Island Clothing Co. shop and can be posted nationally or internationally. We will no longer be offering a pick up service for your orders. You will however be able to pick up a copy directly at Southsea Gallery, Albert Road or Lou Lou’s, Marmion Road.
We will be taking submissions up until the end of October, so please keep them coming! You can email your submission via email@example.com. 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.
Here are a couple of snaps which I can confirm will be included in our 2015 Calendar.
With it being World Photo Day I thought it would be a good time to remind you that we are still taking submissions for our 2015 Calendar. We have got an awesome short list of images coming together but we still have space for more!
If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit then you can email your submission via firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Here are a couple of snaps which I can confirm will be included in our 2015 Calendar.
Andrew’s images within this commissioned collection capture serene and haunting visions of petrol stations, glowing like beacons of hope for the weary traveller. For those who pass through them silently in the night, they are a sanctuary amongst the isolation of the night-time drive. Every driver and passenger on road trips can connect with this vision.
Andrew’s inspiration for this project was ignited on a family holiday to Devon, where a lot of travelling through the darkness was broken up by the safe haven and goods these petrol stations have to offer. Embarking on this project he was influenced by the work of American artist Ed Rushca, who photographed petrol stations along Route 66 during the mid 20th Century.
Andrew has spent his entire life living in Portsmouth, studying photography at the city’s university where he found an even deeper love for traditional methods of photography with colour and black and white film. More specifically he works with large format 5 x 4” film and sometimes 10 x 8” finding it important to use increasingly niche and finite materials for creating his work.
aspex Guildhall will be home to this new exhibition of work by Andrew Paul Hayward with the aspex Guildhall gallery space to be opening with an artist preview on Wednesday 20th August from 6-8pm, the exhibition will then run until 19th October, open from Monday to Friday from 9am – 6pm, Saturdays from 10am – 4pm.
If you were lucky you may have even picked up a print of a piece of work from the exhibition as Andrew dropped 10 prints around Portsmouth as part of Free Art Friday last week, well done if you were lucky enough to find one.
To see more of Andrew’s work and find out more about the exhibition visit Andrew’s website:
In the six years we have been writing articles we have featured the progression of aerial photography in and around Portsmouth and Southsea, with photos from kites, planes and helicopters. Recently small, affordable remote helicopter drones have enabled people to film and photograph the city, allowing amateurs and professionals to share views of landmarks and locations like never before. We spoke to James Harvey of Hampshire Aerial Photos who works professionally with drones to find out more:
How did you get started in aerial photography? Photography in general has always been a passion of mine but the aerial part was inspired by my father who was a Flight Engineer on Jumbo Jet’s. He’s now retired but flew over 6000 hours in the cockpit of a 747 and captured some breath-taking photos. Following in his footsteps, about 5 years ago I got my Private Pilot’s Licence, not quite a 747 but I would use every spare penny to jump in a light aircraft armed with my Nikon SLR and shoot some really stunning photos. I’d post them on social media and get hundreds of likes. It was then that I realised there was a demand for this kind of photoghraphy but I never really had the time or the money to pursue it. I continued aerial photography in this way as a hobby until last year when I attended a conference on aviation safety and one of the hot topics was about ‘drones’. During the conference I had a light bulb moment and as soon as I got home began researching different drones, licences and the process to becoming a professional drone operator. About a week later I took the plunge and bought myself a drone, strapped a camera to it and it all took off from there really (pun intended).
James landing at Lee-on-Solent in G-BKDH a Robin DR400 (Photo Courtesy of Ian Haskell)
James’ Dad (Paul Harvey) in April 1994 at work in the cockpit of a 747-136 before take off for the return leg to Heathrow from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (Flight Engineer in the middle).
Can you detail what is involved in flying a drone? Also what sort of height, range, etc? To fly a drone you require much of the same skills as you do to fly a manned aircraft, good hand eye coordination, good reactions and good eyesight! The one new skill that flying a drone requires is the ability to maintain orientation for a remote distant object. For example a drone flying away from you has the same left or right as you do, but when the drone is flying towards you everything is reversed and this can easily catch you out if you’re not concentrating. Luckily drones are highly sophisticated bits of kit with lots of sensors and gizmos that make things a lot easier, we use the remote control to adjust height, speed and direction just like a manned aircraft. But unlike a manned aircraft, if you get in any trouble you simply let go of the controls and the drone will hold its height and position using GPS satellites. Another nifty feature if you have any difficulty flying or perhaps you lose visual sight of it, all you have to do is hit the red switch on the remote control and the aircraft will autonomously fly back to you and land safely where it took off from.
James flying a Drone.
The use of drones is not yet fully integrated into the rest of the aviation world so current regulations prevent us from flying more than 400ft high (manned aircraft are not allowed to fly below 500ft so this ensures a safe buffer between the two). We must also remain within 0.5km from the pilot or within visual line of sight (whichever is closer).
What sort of camera equipment, lens, etc do you use?
My current camera of choice is the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition. This surprises many people, especially professional ‘ground’ photographers but when you compare it to a Digital SLR (for purpose of aerial photography) the GoPro comes out on top, everytime! The video quality is amazing, it shoots anything from 1080p HD all the way up to 4K (cinema quality), it can shoot video and take photos simultaneously and most importantly it’s small and light. Connected to the camera I have a 5.8GHz Video Transmitter which streams live footage from the aircraft down to me on the ground through an HD screen, this allows me to frame up shots and allows the customer to preview the footage.
My aircraft of choice is a DJI Phantom 2, this is the go to drone for many operators as it works straight out the box and only takes a few modifications and some soldering to get it photography ready.
James’ DJI Phantom 2 enjoying the sunset on the River Hamble.
Working commercially, what projects have you been involved with? Using drones for aerial photography is a fairly new concept to the general public, we’ve been getting on fine without them for so many years so it’s not easy to convince people this is the future. Sometimes the word ‘drone’ doesn’t help because this often conjures up images of military drones with weapons but this is just something that will take time to get used to. Despite this I’ve been quite busy, mostly from home owners and estate agents. An aerial photo of a large property in all its surrounding is a real eye grabber. One of my first customers was for a lady in Brockenhurst who had an old aerial photo from years ago taken from a helicopter and she wanted an updated one. Back then the aerial photo would have cost hundreds but today we can use a UAV with the same results (if not better) for a fraction of the cost.
Other projects I’ve got coming up include an aerial survey of some flood attenuation in Newbury for a well-known infrastructure and construction company and I will also be providing aerial photos and videos of Wickham Festival.
Do you use the drone for fun too? What locations do you like to shoot? Oh yes, I take every opportunity to fly! If I’m going somewhere I think might have some aerial potential I’ll always pack my equipment. My favourite locations for aerial work are the English heritage and historical sites dotted around the country. They are such great landmarks to view from the air.
What is your favourite local location? My all-time favourite location so far has to be Southsea Castle, it was one of the first aerial videos I took and I loved every minute, despite getting up at 4:30am to get the sun rise! I remember I had a massive smile on my face the whole time I was chopping and shaping it into a video. The site is truly wonderful from the air and has so much character. I also run a social group (Portsmouth Happy Hour) and recently 70 of us went to the Southsea Castle for their weekly summer champagne night and it was such a great night, if you haven’t experienced it I thoroughly recommend it.
How do you see this type of photography developing in the future? The future for aerial photography is very bright! Drones are getting cheaper and the technology is advancing at a scary rate, there is already technology on the market that can make your drone completely autonomous and hands off, i.e. you can plan a flight program on your laptop hit enter and the drone will takeoff, fly the route, circle and photograph landmarks and land autonomously. This has great potential for aerial photography but also opens up other uses such as aerial surveillance for security purposes. I have no doubt that aerial photography using drones will increase significantly over the coming years (the House of Lords has even recognised it’s increasing popularity and begun an inquiry into them). I do see them being a common sight in some key areas though; Fire Brigades will use aerial drones armed with thermal imaging cameras to help assist firefighters to efficiently and safely fight fires, Power Companies will use drones to perform regular safety inspection of pylons and electricity cables, News Reporters will use drones to obtain footage of natural disasters or other hazardous scenarios, Police will use them track criminals or find missing persons…the list is endless and it’s a really exciting time to be a Drone pilot.
See the photos from Southsea and Southsea Common (including the set up of the Southsea Show) below and to find out more about Hampshire Aerial Photos and see more of James’ work visit: www.hampshireaerialphotos.co.uk
Last week’s Southsea Comedy Festival was a huge success, bringing international and national stand up comedy stars to Southsea Common and audiences packed with local people. Local photographer and friend of Strong Island Matt Ankers was in the big tent and backstage with his camera to capture the atmosphere of this new event and major highlight of the summer calendar in the city. You can read our review of the festival by Stu HERE.
Check some of Matt’s photos below and over on our Facebook page for more plus be sure to take a few moments to check out Matt’s awesome photography over on his website: Matt Ankers.
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.
When ever possible I like to do the odd piece that’s just for me, just for fun. This came about off the back of something I was doing for work. Messing around with pens and pencils, then putting it through the computer. Maybe I’ll tackle Strong Island at the weekend! Oh, and for those that know him it’s Borneos birthday this Friday. KST then on to Albert Road. Be sure to check my flickr photostream to see the carnage.
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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.
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.
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.
We’ve not had a vintage photograph for quite a while on Strong Island, and this one is a winner. This photo of the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth was taken in 1958 by Mark Kauffman for LIFE Magazine. Click this LINK for a larger version.