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Stu’s Picks For No 6 – September 2015

After two months off for the summer the No. 6 Cinema returns in September with an awesome selection of movies! If you haven’t yet visited the No. 6 Cinema then I highly recommend it. You will find a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

Be sure to check their website to buy tickets and find their full listings

Amy (15) | Thursday 3rd September & Saturday 19th September | 7pm

Multiple-award-winning documentarian Asif Kapadia (Senna) has created this full-access film about Amy Winehouse, the extraordinary musician who died in 2011 at the age of 27. Eschewing talking-head interviews, the film uses 100% archival footage – even when presenting newly recorded interviews with Winehouse’s friends, family and collaborators – and also features previously unreleased tracks and images. The result reveals a brilliant artist in all her complicated fragility.

Mr Holmes (PG) | Saturday 5th September | 7pm

An aging Sherlock Holmes returns from Japan where he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. He faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it’s too late. A clever multi-layered script together with a superb McKellen performance make for a sleek and fresh Sherlock Holmes film.

Jurassic World (12A) | Saturday 12th September | 7pm

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next instalment of his ground-breaking Jurassic Park series. Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.

Slow West (12A) | Thursday 10th September | 7pm

Michael Fassbender stars in John Maclean’s terrific revisionist western. Naive young Jay is travelling across late 1800s America to his sweetheart. Encountering danger, he’s saved by the mysterious Silas who proceeds to protect him from all manner of horrifying scrapes, before outlaw gets on their tail. With gallows humour and gorgeous visuals, we immediately know we are in for something out of the ordinary. Slow West changes our understanding of the American west’s history and explores how self-determinism, rather than fate, has made America the country we know today.

Inside Out (PG) | Saturday 19th September | 4pm

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions — Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control centre inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life, turmoil ensues in HQ. Although Joy, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Alien (15) | Saturday 26th September | 7pm

When commercial towing vehicle Nostromo, heading back to Earth, intercepts an SOS signal from a nearby planet, the crew are under obligation to investigate. After a bad landing on the planet, some crew members leave the ship to explore the area. At the same time as they discover a hive colony of some unknown creature, the ship’s computer deciphers the message to be a warning, not a call for help. When one of the eggs is disturbed, the crew do not know the danger they are in until it is too late.

This film will be shown as part of No.6’s Sci-Fi Weekend.

Roger Waters: The Wall | Tuesday 29th September | 8pm

Roger Waters, co-founder and primary songwriter of Pink Floyd, fuses the epic and the personal in Roger Waters: The Wall, a concert film that goes well beyond the stage. Based on the ground-breaking concept album, it’s a state-of-the-art show that dazzles the senses, combined with an intensely personal road trip that deals with the loss Roger has felt throughout his life due to war. After the film we present The Simple Facts, a unique opportunity to see Roger Waters and his Pink Floyd bandmate Nick Mason – reunited, unscripted, and in conversation to answer questions from fans from around the world.

No 6 Cinema
Photo by Paul Gonella

Dials Festival Line- Up Additions

Dials Festival the collaborative, new multi-venue music festival ran by Strong Island, Strong Island Recordings, Hong Kong Gardner’s Club, Breaking More Waves, Wedgewood Rooms and Pie & Vinyl has announced additions to the line-up already consisting of Hooton Tennis Club, Kagoule, Black Honey, Chloe Black, Curxes, Broken Hands, Rickyfitts and loads more.  The festival will be in place of Southsea Fest for 2015 to ensure a multi-venue, new music festival across various venues and pubs can still take place.

Leading the latest additions is the super fun Dingus Khan who headline the Little Johnny Russells stage and BBC 6 Music favourites, scuzzy, infectious, fuzzy, indie-pop London outfit Crushed Beaks who will headline The Loft.  Other additions to the bill include doom laden psychedelic meets raw punk outfit Crows who were recently handpicked to support Wolf Alice and are also set to support Metz on their UK tour plus Strong Island Recordings label family and one of the best new live bands in the country, primal, doom grunge pop trio Gang who return to Portsmouth and are no doubt going to bring the house down as well  snotty, garage punk trio Skinny Girl Diet (who if you dig Ty Segall and Coachwips, you will love) psych meets slacker pop Londoners, Honey Moon who are are like a cross between Mac DeMarco and Kurt Vile, self proclaimed “poolside pop”  Icelandic by the way of Brighton outfit Dream Wife, electro – hip hop influenced-pop artist Frankie Knight,  indie outfit Fever plus local favourites Damn Beats, Number 9 and Sam McCarthy.

Dials Festival will take place on the 3rd October across five venues in Albert Road being Wedgewood and Edge of the Wedge (all ages), Little Johnny Russells (18 + after 7pm), Al Burrito (18 + after 8pm) and The Loft (18+ only) and features 40 plus acts playing across the entire day to the late evening plus a  Dials after party that will be taking place at The Wedgewood Rooms with Dials deejays.  Tickets for the festival are just £15 at a very limited early-bird rate until Monday when they go up to £18. You can purchase tickets at Kings Theatre over on their site or you can get them in store at Strong Island, Pie & Vinyl. Dress Code and Wedgewood Room.It will no doubt be a great festival and if you loved Southsea Fest then Dials Festival will be for you and perfect for any potential post Victorious blues.

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Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 32

Charlie is back with the 32nd episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:

This is a show that’s been sat on the back-burner since the end of last year. The year started winding up and I wanted to do my usual ‘Live’ & ‘New Music’ round-ups so this fell by the wayside, it’s got some great stuff in it though so I always intended for it to get an airing. Just ignore anything that relates to a date/current event cause it was recorded ages ago and that moment will almost certainly have passed…

The episode’s kind of got two themes running through it, one of which is ‘Vices'; Whether you partake, approve, condemn or don’t give it much thought, there’s no denying that narcotics have played a significant role in all forms of music, from Berlioz’s opium indebted Symphonie Fantastique, through Jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker’s heroin addiction all the way to the Beatles tripping and Snoop’s chronic tales, The saying isn’t “Sex, Candy and Rock and Roll”… This began life as a Pet Sounds Playlist that I compiled on Spotify a couple of years ago for Strong Island. You can find that HERE.

The other aspect of today’s show was borne purely out of a lack of preparation. I got sidetracked at the pub before recording it and so asked a bunch of mates for requests/suggestions. These made up most of the show and I grabbed a few of my own choices to top it up. Altogether a success, albeit an appropriately lubricated one!

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01) Lost In The K Hole – The Chemical Brothers
02) Oops (Oh My) – Tweet feat. Missy Elliott
03) Baby, I Love You – Aretha Franklin
04) Modern Love – David Bowie
05) You’re A Viper (The Reefer Song) – Fats Waller
06) Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee – Canibus with Biz Markie
07) Fanfare – Eric Matthews
08) Sweet Cocaine – Fred Neil
09) Crying – D.D Dumbo
10) The Power – Fryars
11) Coffee In The Pot – Supergrass
12) One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – John Lee Hooker
13) Silence In The Sand – Neville Skelly
14) Sweet Harmony – The Beloved
15) Steppin’ Out – AM & Shawn Lee
16) Book Of Slim – Gene Harris & The Three Sounds

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 32

Victorious Festival Preview #10 Keeping It Local

Victorious Festival is nearly upon us and with so much talent available I wanted to pass on some of my tips for the best local talent performing at the festival.

1. The Mighty Bern
In January this year songwriter Ben Kelly set about forming The Mighty Bern. After a bit of networking with local musicians the seven piece band were formed. The band consist of guitarists Tom Eassey and Frankie Pugliano, bassist Tom Clements, piano/keys Edward Anderson, drummer Stuart Hunt and violinist Owen Hughes. The band have been working hard recording their debut album Sunny Side Down which is set for release later this year and will be followed by even more live shows. You can catch them this weekend at the Mayfield Studios Real Ale Stage on Sunday.

2. The Day Of The Rabblement
Their name The Day Of The Rabblement is taken from a short essay by James Joyce written in 1901 stressing the importance of free art that remains true to the artist. It is with this in mind that TDOTR write thought-provoking and contemporary songs, blended with aspects of Celtic and American folk music. The band are no strangers to the festival, last year performing The Pie & Vinyl and Real Ale Festival Stages. This year you can find them on the Mayfield Studios Real Ale Stage on Sunday.

3. Deluxe Flamingos
Returning to the Beats & Swing Tent on Saturday are the awesome The Deluxe Flamingos. The trio made up of PJ Davy, Mike James and Hatt Morn credit a whole range of influences from Mogwai, David Bowie, M83 to the Nine Inch Nails, Sonic Youth and the Pixies.

4. Blackfoot Circle
Arguably the most dedicated fanbase of any local band belong to Blackfoot Circle. There may have been a couple of name changes but I’ve been a huge a big fan of the band for over fifteen years now. After knowing them from the early days of playing small venues in the area it was awesome to see them put on such a great show to such a huge crowd on the Seaside Stage last year. I’m expecting more of the same this year at the Seaside Stage this Saturday.

5. Kassassin Street
Unless you are new to Strong Island then I’m sure that you will be well aware of Kassassin Street. The band have had a whirlwind few years and continue to go from strength to strength. This year the band have sold out shows at venues including the Wedgewood Rooms as well as performing at Blissfields, Y Not Festival and Secret Garden Party. Football fans among us will have also heard the band featured on Sky Sports football coverage over last season. Kassassin Street can be found playing the Castle Stage and the Seaside Stage this Sunday. With two opportunities to see them there is no excuse not to treat yourself!

6. El Morgan
Local singer songwriter El Morgan is another example of the awesome and diverse musical talent based in the city. The description singer songwriter doesn’t really do El justice as you won’t always find her performing the typical acoustic folk inspired songs. Check out ‘Blah Blah Blah‘ to see what I mean and enjoy her punk side. You’ll be able to see her slightly softer side this weekend when she performs at the Casemates Showcase Stage on Saturday.

7. Just Millie
Millie first came to my attention earlier this year at the Road to Blissfields event at the Wedgewood Rooms. Millie describes herself as some what of a one woman band with her acoustic guitar, harmony looping pedals and an electronic kick drum to accompany her on stage. Millie can be found at the Nevada Music Acoustic Stage early on Saturday afternoon and she is definitely a reason why you should arrive at the festival nice and early.

8. Electric Arms
The Southsea four piece indie-folk band Electric Arms return to the Casemates Showcase Stage this year as headliners. The boys are one of the most prolific live performers in the city and can regularly be found playing the likes of Eastney Cellars, Al’s Burrito, The Fat Fox and the Wedgewood Rooms. Those of you who attended Wickham Festival might have even been fortunate enough to catch them on the acoustic stage.

9. Curxes
Strong Island Recordings own Curxes have the honour of headlining the Seaside Stage on Sunday evening. The trio Roberta Fidora, (vocals) Camille Phillips (drums) and Macaulay Hopwood (guitar) have enjoyed a great 2015 so far, May saw the release of their album Verxes and this summer they have performed at the Great Escape and Blissfields amongst other live shows all over the UK. Curxes are as infectiously catchy and are a real treat live.

10. Southsea Alternative Choir
If you are not already aware the Southsea Alternative Choir are a group of friends who all share a love of music and get to together to sing some classic songs that we all love. This is all with a view to raise money for SamuelsFund, supporting a local child with Cerebral Palsy. There is no excuse for not checking the choir perform this weekend because they are performing a whopping six occasions over Saturday and Sunday. You’ll find them the Seaside Stage, the Nevada Music stage and the Mayfield Studios Real Ale Stage.

The festival is being held on Southsea Common this Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are still available and you can pick one up via the website HERE, or in person from the Meat and Barrel, Little Johnny Russell‘s and Cosham Library.

You can stay up to date on all things Victorious via Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

ARTches Project Showcase Event at the Round Tower on Sunday 13 September

With the summer on its way out, progress will become more apparent with the ARTches Project in Old Portsmouth. Despite it seeming quiet, a lot has been going on behind the scenes. On Sunday 13th September there will be a great event at the Round Tower that will showcase these developments, from 10.30am to 3pm.

The open day will provide an update on the development in Old Portsmouth to transform the former barracks into exciting creative studios. A new name and branding for the project will be unveiled, and project officers will be on hand to answer questions about the creative development, the studios and the opportunities for a brasserie and café.

There will also be local artists exhibiting their work (Southsea Night Markets) and refreshments provided by the Square Tower.

Work is scheduled to start in September and the studios will open next year, thanks to £1.75m of government funding. Heritage England has backed the project, which will secure the future of this historic monument in a creative way.

The event is open to all, simply RSVP to:

ARTches Project Showcase Event at the Round Tower on Sunday 13 September

Strong Island Photo of The Year Competition Week 19-20 Winner and Runners Up

We have a huge selection of photos for this week (weeks 19 to 20). We had a fair few different locations and events represented plus some favourite Portsmouth places. 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

This week’s winning image is a great view of the new BAR HQ in the background with some of the oldest buildings in Old Portsmouth (Spice Island) in the foreground, photo taken by David Ellis.

Old Portsmouth by David Ellis
Old Portsmouth by David Ellis.

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 thanks to everyone who submitted a photograph. 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 luckym_27
Photo by luckym_27.

Photo by g3rzegorz
Photo by g3rzegorz.

Photo by Johnny Black
Photo by Johnny Black.

Photo by Dave Fletcher
Photo by Dave Fletcher.

Photo by luckym_27
Photo by luckym_27.

Photo by Meg McCarthy
Photo by Meg McCarthy.

Photo by Ailsa ‏(AilsaB12)
Photo by Ailsa ‏(AilsaB12).

Photo by g3rzegorz
Photo by g3rzegorz.

Photo by Meg McCarthy
Photo by Meg McCarthy.

Photo by Johnny Black
Photo by Johnny Black.

Photo by Sarah Holiday
Photo by Sarah Holiday.

Photo by vicaringroo
Photo by vicaringroo.

Photo by Sarah Holiday
Photo by Sarah Holiday.

Photo by sea_tea
Photo by Catherine Taylor.

Photo by Howard Hurd
Photo by Howard Hurd.

‘I Wonder What it’s Like To Be Dyslexic’ Kickstarter Campaign

After the success of his first book Portsmouth University graduate and Graphic Designer, Sam Barclay is returning with a beautifully remastered version of ‘I Wonder What it’s Like to be Dyslexic’. The book aims to provide readers with a beautiful, design-led experience of what it feels like to struggle with reading.

Sam took to Kickstarter in order to raise the funds to publish his first book and he is returning to the website to help raise the money for revised version. If you are not aware of what Kickstarter is, it is a global crowdfunding platform which launched in 2009. The aim of a Kickstarter campaign is to raise money for a project which could be anything from a film, games, music, art, design and technology. The project creators choose a deadline and a minimum funding goal. If the goal is not met by the deadline, no funds are collected.

The first version of the book attracted total funding of £55,000 in thirty days, surpassing the initial target of £14,500, and continued to sell over 3,000 copies in over thirty countries. Now with this new version Sam wants to build on that success and continue to help and inspire others who suffer with learning difficulties.

Sam has delved deeper into the struggles of reading with a number of typographic experiments and has acted on feedback to include the story of his childhood growing up with Dyslexia, as told by his parents Karen and Ray, in the hope that this will give others the courage to see passed their difficulties with reading.

With studying Graphic Design, typography has always been at the forefront of the project, however Sam hopes that the message you take away from the book will help others: “Feeling stupid because I couldn’t understand things that came so clearly to others used to be all I knew. Having people around me, including my teachers, family and friends that could even slightly understand how that felt has helped me to communicate my frustration and has given me the confidence to succeed in life.”

Check out the link HERE to find out more about the the project and the full range of rewards available for anyone who wants to get involved. With donation rewards starting at just £5 please get involved and help make this original project happen!

If you would like to know more then check out the website and you can follow the project on Facebook, Twitter @reedeeng and Instagram @reedeeng.

Reedeeng – Kickstarter from Sam Barclay on Vimeo.




Victorious Festival Preview #9 Tinie Tempah by Liv Woodward

Victorious Festival is nearly upon us and despite the rain the crew are working hard to create an amazing festival for us. In the penultimate preview it would be rude not to mention the Castle Stage headliner Tinie Tempah.

If you haven’t heard of Tinie Tempah, you have clearly been living under a rock for the past six years! Tinie’s first album, Disc-Overy in 2010 was and still is a brilliant listen. Personally I love ‘Frisky’ and ‘Pass out’! In 2011 he won two Brit Awards, one for Best British Breakthrough Act and also Best British Single. So clearly he’s doing something right?! I mean he even supported Rihanna on tour!

Tinie worked hard on his 2014 album Demonstration and he definitely upped his game. Although clearly sticking to R’n’B, he put more of an electronic edge to it. Whilst working on his second album, Tinie said ‘I always like to work with different people on each project I do’ and so far he has worked with Jessie J, Ellie Goulding and Dizzee Rascal and many more. Lets hope we’re lucky enough to get a special guest on Castle stage on Saturday! Well there is nothing wrong with wishful thinking right?

Whilst looking through the previous festivals Tinie Tempah has performed at, he certainly puts on a good show! And I’m sure he’ll do the same for Portsmouth. So if you hear Tinie Tempah’s unique and distinctive voice from across the common, make sure you have a sing and dance! (Until you pass out) Sorry I couldn’t resist that.

You can find out more about Tinie Tempah on social media via Facebook, Twitter @TinieTempah, Instagram @tiniegram and his YouTube channel.

Remember there’s only two days left to get your tickets! You’d be a fool to miss out! Tickets are still available and you can pick one up via the website HERE, or in person from the Meat and Barrel, Little Johnny Russell‘s and Cosham Library.

You can stay up to date on all things Victorious via Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

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Oyster Design Looking for a Senior Graphic Designer

The guys over at Oyster Design in Emsworth are on the look out for a new Senior Graphic Designer to join their team. The details for the position are below, if you are up for it send your CV and sample portfolio to

Senior Graphic Designer, Based in Emsworth
We’re looking for a senior designer to play an important role in our print design team. You’ll have at least 5 years agency experience with real flair, interest and understanding of design. We need someone who is capable of leading creative sessions, with proven skills in brand, campaigns, marketing communication and print design. You will need to be a real team player, enthusiastic and self-driven, enjoy working with clients and be able to explore and interpret briefs to produce well thought out, effective solutions. Excellent Adobe CS skills are essential.

Oyster is a great design agency of 14 people, based in the coastal town of Emsworth. We work with diverse clients including Save the Children, Wiggle, Age UK and GE.

Salary subject to experience, benefits package includes generous annual leave and private healthcare.

If that sounds good to you get in touch with them direct.


Victorious Festival Preview #8 The Flaming Lips

If I could only see one band perform at this weekends Victorious Festival then it would be Saturday headliners and three time Grammy winners The Flaming Lips.

Formed in Oklahoma, The Flaming Lips have been going for as long as I’ve been alive as we were both born in 1983. Despite a few line up changes in that time the eccentric frontman Wayne Coyne and bassist Michael Ivins have been ever present.

Their debut album Hear It Is was released in 1986, while their most recent and fifteenth studio album was last years With a Little Help from My Fwends. As the title suggests the latter is a tribute to The Beatles classic album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album features collaborations with Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, Moby and Tegan & Sara. In the past they have also teamed up with the Chemical Brothers, Henry Rollins, Erykah Badu, Bon Iver, Nick Cave and Yoko Ono to name to just a few.

For many including myself their two stand out albums are Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and At War with the Mystics. Between them they feature classics like ‘Do You Realize??’, ‘It Overtakes Me’ and ‘The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song’.

For a long time The Flaming Lips have been charming crowds and rightly earning their reputation as one of the best live bands on the planet. The first time I was lucky enough to see them perform live was across the Solent at Bestival in 2013. They put on a spectacular and colourful performance that wowed everybody in the crowd and I expect more of the same on the Common Stage this Saturday night. When it comes to choosing who to watch this Saturday evening the decision is a no brainer, it has to be The Flaming Lips!

Find out more about them on Facebook, Twitter @TheFlamingLips and their YouTube channel.

Tickets are still available and you can pick one up via the website HERE, or in person from the Meat and Barrel on Palmerston Road.

You can stay up to date on all things Victorious via Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

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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

Super Sunny Southsea

What amazing weather we’ve been having as of late. I even rode the full 8 miles home in the sun on Friday. We all had a great weekend spent on the common, riding our bikes, skateboarding and generally eating and drinking the days away.






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 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

The Langstone Ark Project

The Langstone Ark is a project being run by Langstone Harbour’s Environment Officer Louise MacCallum that went live on-line in August. The project aims to create a digital collection of all the animals and plants associated with Langstone Harbour, by asking harbour users, visitors, and anyone else with an interest in the harbour to send digital photographs of wildlife taken on the water, or around the shoreline.

So far, over 150 photographs have been contributed to the project, and nearly 100 species are now represented. There are literally 1000’s of species of animal and plant to be found around the harbour however, so there are plenty of gaps in the project left to fill!

Autumn is a great time of year to see wildlife around Langstone Harbour, with thousands of migratory birds beginning to arrive and beautiful fungi springing up on many of the wildlife reserves dotted around the shoreline.

For more information about the project visit the Langstone Harbour Board’s brand new website at and send photographic contributions to

Below are just a few of the contributors photographs so far, and you can see all of them over at the gallery HERE.

Kestrel by B.D. McGregor

Little Tern by Mark Milum

Grey Seal by Nick Lyon

Portsmouth on Film – Episode 4

The new episode of Jonathan & Matthew Ring’s vintage family footage ‘Portsmouth on Film’ went up yesterday. This episode is of a bus trip from Old Portsmouth to Southsea to Eastney.

I still lament the loss of the Portsmouth Transport Museum.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday in Southsea

We couldn’t possibly of asked for better weather this weekend. From straight out of the door after work on Friday till finally retiring to our couch on Sunday evening the sun was blazing and Southsea was rich with activity and happy people. We spent pretty much the entire weekend outside on the seafront, changing the vista every now and then and sinking more than our fair share of corner store beers. Let’s hope it keeps up for at least a while longer hey. Check my Flickr for a few more Sunny Southsea photographs.






Local Photographer – Duncan Allan

We recently mentioned local photographer Duncan Allan’s framing skills but we also want to profile Duncan’s creative photography too. With a wealth of knowledge in different cameras and experimentation in many different techniques (both with film and with Photoshop and Lightroom), Duncan has a strong collection of images from the local area and all around the world. Here are a few of our favourites but they are just the tip of the iceberg, to see more check Duncan’s Flickr.

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Southsea Common Barbecue Zones

I’m sure a lot of you enjoyed the fantastic weather this weekend and many of you no doubt had a barbecue on The Common. I was out of town on Saturday but heard it was seriously busy down the seafront. A few of us had a BBQ on Sunday and we’re approached by some council officials regarding our position. They were very polite and let us carry on as we were already cooking and handed us some details of all the new zones.

Unfortunately the new zones now means hundreds of people are going to be packed in to single areas. The main common by the War Memorial will be extremely busy over the summer. More so than usual for sure. I fully back having these zones in place, but feel I’ll no longer be going to the common for BBQs if I can help it as they have made a lot of areas no go zones. It was always more appealing when you could spread out from other groups.

The Doomsday Project

From 1984 to 1986 people, in particular school children, all got involved in collecting information on their local area to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Doomsday Book by creating a new, updated, electronic version. The collected information became The Doomsday Project which was a collection of laserdiscs and special BBC computers. The country was broken down in to ‘D’ blocks with the data collection done mostly by schools, the information included text on local geography, history, legends and also more contemporary personal things such as favourite music, games, etc. As well as the text each block could also contain up to 3 photos. Many schools bought the discs and computers as a learning resource (the World Wide Web as a concept was still some years away).

A few days ago the BBC launched a new website where all of this previously difficult to access information (only a handful of working systems still exist) is now online and searchable. It’s an amazing glimpse in to Portsmouth and Southsea life in the early to mid 80s and there are some great images. The new website also allows you to upload new information and photos too.

If you are 38+ you may well have memories of being involved in the project in collecting and writing information. Personally I remember the day my group went out to a tiny village in Essex in the hot summer but instead of writing things we played near the river and weir. Oh well. Does anyone have any memories of taking part in the project? If so please add a comment, would love to hear people’s memories.

You can find out more about the original project on HERE and the BBC article and access the online version below:

Domesday Project

Ben Schroeder Skating Southsea

Back in the 80s and early 90s Southsea would regularly be on the list of skateparks visited by American skaters as they toured the UK and Europe. Sometime around 1990ish the pool was built to replace the old reservoir at the end of the slalom and not long after American pro skater Ben Schroeder came through and (figuratively) destroyed the new bowl and the halfpipe, so much so that his frontside ollie transfer out of the bowl, over the platform and landing in the steep bank is legendary.

To cut a long story short Ben got in contact recently with some footage from the day. I’m going to go through the old skate magazine archives and hunt around for photos but for now, here is that footage. To find out more about Ben check out his Juice Magazine interview.

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