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Your Twenty Four No.10 : Alex Blayac

Our latest Your Twenty Four comes from Alex Blayac who documented her travel from Gosport on to the island and in to Southsea. Alex has been living in Southsea for 5 years now and is still inspired constantly on her travels around town. A point well made that’s proven in her own personal view.

“I had a go at my 24 last weekend. I started from the Gosport Ferry because I used to take it everyday to go to work when I first arrived, so it made sense for me to start from there. Then I took a walk in Old Portsmouth. I poped in to the square tower where there was a craft fair and I had a lovely vintage tea and bought the most springy cupcake. I carried on along the seafront up to South Parade pier, there is always something new to shoot – ice cream van, fishermen, graffiti, etc. I headed into Southsea through the common, walked past the skatepark from where I could hear lots of music and happy people. I arrived to albert road, starving, so I went Sakura, my favourite. After a great meal I walked up Albert road and finally headed back home where I enjoyed a cup of chicory looking out of the window and feeling happy after such a nice day in such a nice place. It was a bit of a challenge for me as I’m not usually so productive in such a short time, but hey! here it is! enjoy.”

You can see more of Alex’s photos over at her Flickr. She’s got some great photos. I’m loving Beast. Thanks for sharing. Click the Read More link at the bottom to see the full Your 24 from Alex Blayac, and don’t forget to add your comments too. You can see all the past Y24 posts HERE.

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Your Twenty Four No.09 : Brad Goddard

Brad Goddard recently started a photography course and got in contact with some photos taken on a quick walk around Southsea last Friday, with some well spotted observations on some of the city’s landmarks small and big. Things have been a bit quiet on Your24 submissions over the winter months, no doubt due to the cold weather and early evenings, so a big thanks to Brad for our first Your24 in 2011. If you want to submit your Your24 simply take 24 photos in 24 hours within Portsmouth and get in contact. We post up Your24 submissions on Fridays and are looking forward to more rolling in, get snapping and get involved!

Below are a few photos, to see all of them click on ‘Read full article…’.

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Your24 – Submissions Wanted

We are after submissions for Your24 articles so if you want to document your day in Southsea and Portsmouth with up to 24 photos, either digital or film, get in contact with us. Your24 articles normally go up on Fridays so if you want to contribute one for next week maybe capture your weekend’s activities (fireworks, Art on the Pier, etc)?

Check out all the past Your Twenty Four posts HERE. Get in contact with us at if you want to be involved with Your Twenty Four.

Your Twenty Four No.08 : Derek Thomas

Today’s Your Twenty Four contributor is local enthusiastic photographer Derek Thomas who documented the 5th September:

“Since meeting my wife in the Wedgewood Rooms a few years ago a lot has changed and our weekends now revolve around family fun with the children as opposed to late nights and nursing hangovers.
Every morning I wake up a bit grumpy and this was a late one for us. After taking toddler to the shops for a paper we loaded up the buggy with both children and headed out for the day. We decided to head towards the beach. One of our neighbours clearly did not have much washing to do. We ended up meeting friends at the 10th hole and had tea, teacakes and a good old natter, but it was not long till the children wanted to get to the beach to play.
We then decide to pop to the Royal Marines Museum for lunch and a run around the grounds. Then we took a strole along the seafront to walk off lunch and watch all that was going on. I like the way the boarding to where 5th Avenue once stood is decorated but today was the first time I noticed the flowers at the base of the lamppost and I have never seen the shark before either. When we got onto Albert Road our baby woke up so we needed to stop somewhere to feed him so we went to Casa de Castro, the new Coffee and Cake shop which after one visit is now one of my favorite places on Albert Road. All the cakes are homemade and very tasty.
We then went home to cook, garden and put the little people to bed. My wife then presented me with a T-shirt as a present for no real reason, which was nice! Just leaving time to get the cat in and put our feet up before the end of the day”.

The first of the 24 photos are below, click on the ‘continue reading’ link below these photos to see them all.

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Your Twenty Four No.07 : Charlie Thompson

Today’s Your Twenty Four contributor is local musician, DJ and familiar friendly face around Southsea, Charlie Thompson. The photos document Charlie’s 4th of September:

“Pretty standard Southsea Saturday, wake up early with hangover, embark on a 42 mile cycle run up towards the Goodwood area with Somerstown Velo Club (top boys), followed by medicinal pints in Russell’s, home for shower and dinner, then out again round the corner at the Belle Isle. Ended up at a friend’s flat celebrating her birthday. Photos taken on iphone, no tricks, no fuss.”

The first of the 24 photos are below, click on the Read More link below these photos to see them all.

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Your Twenty Four No.06 : Rusty Sherriff

Today’s Your Twenty Four contributor is local artist, DJ and photographer Rusty Sheriff, the 24 hours in question contained his and his girlfriend’s fifth anniversary and the Pompey Beer Festival.

Check out all the past Your Twenty Four posts HERE. We are still looking for more contributors, get in contact with us at if you want to be involved with Your Twenty Four.

Check the first of the 24 photos below, the rest can be seen on Rusty’s Flickr HERE with descriptions of what was going on:

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Your Twenty Four No.05 : Irma Rose Pettitt

Today’s Your Twenty Four contributor is Irma Rose Pettitt who took the photos on Sunday 11th July, which was her 22nd Birthday:

I started my day waking up with a massive birthday hangover! However it was a beautiful day so I wasn’t going to let my hangover head stand in the way. I decided to pick up my iPhone and with my current favourite App – Cross Process, document my 22nd birthday for Strong Island’s Y24. After my usual coffee and crumpets failed to shift my hangover, it was to The Tenth Hole Tea Room with my Grandma for a proper breakfast and some sea air. Job done! After this I sat in my garden, in the sun with my cat Flounder who is the most chilled out cat I have ever met. After a visit from friends Sophie and Roya to discuss the pros and cons of starting the night before with cocktails in the Atrium, I decided to go for a bike ride along the seafront. I reached Eastney beach to find the beginning of the new cycle way along the seafront to South Parade Pier. I hadn’t seen this before and it was brilliant. I was able to appreciate the view whilst riding and take some photos without having to worry about cars right behind me. I reached Castle Fields where some of my friends were having a BBQ and listening to samba music drifting over from the Bandstand. Beer and birthday cake all round! Couldn’t stay long as I had a date with my Mum for some presents from my family. Best birthday present is pictured – Hand made coffee mugs by artists David Pantling from Brighton and my own Cafeteria for Uni! Finally the perfect finish to my birthday, dinner at Rosie’s with friends and family. Mussels and wine in the garden, chatting until the sun went down. Thank you all for a wonderful day!

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Your Twenty Four No.04 : George Crick

This week’s Your Twenty Four contributor is local designer and artist George Crick who took his 24 photos over the 24 hours where the Glass House Gallery pop-up shop opened with the 20:10 Exhibition. The exhibition featured work from George, an exhibit by Disposable Perspectives plus bikes and other goodness.

Below are a few of the photos, see all 24 over on George’s Flickr.

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Your Twenty Four No.03 : Louise Bush

Louise sent over her 24 photos shot in 24 hours, you can also see higher resolution versions over on Louise’s Flickr. Get in contact if you want to submit yours. Check out all the other Your Twenty Four posts HERE.

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Your Twenty Four No.02 : Tristan Savage

Continuing the Your Twenty Four series my day started with streams of beautiful sunlight coming in through the dining room window. The perfect morning to accompany my regular 8 mile commute to work through Southsea and out along the Eastern Road. A relatively relaxed day at work was nicely broken up with a ride to The Royal Oak pub on Langstone Harbour and then a short jaunt back in to Southsea to the Portsmouth Fish Market and Eastney Marina. After finishing work I went straight to the Art & Design Degree Show at The Eldon Building. I was a bit pushed for time so I only got to hang out at my old course Communication Design and meet friends/tutors new and old, as well as sink a few beers of course. Congratulations to Mikey, Brendon, Jenna & all the graduates. A lot of goodbyes later I stopped home briefly to pick up Liz and head on down to The Belle Isle for their opening party. Huge thanks to all the guys and gals involved. We’ll be doing a little feature on The Belle Isle soon. After last orders we got dropped of on Albert Road and took advantage of another hours bar time at LJR before heading home. Phew… check the full 24 Photo Edit HERE and the full 24 Hour Edit HERE.

We are looking for contributions for future Y24 posts so if you are up for documenting your day please get in contact.

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Nike Football’s ‘Risk Everything’ by Portsmouth Studio ilovedust – Exclusive Interview

In the last few weeks Nike launched ‘Risk Everything’ their new football marketing campaign that features the England football team as well as other players from all around the world including Cristiano Ronaldo & Neymar Jr. Risk Everything also includes the new England kit for the 2014 World Cup with striking imagery of the players and the three lions. The artwork & branding of this vast, international marketing campaign by one of the largest brands in the World was created by Portsmouth’s very own award winning ilovedust design studio, located at the heart of the city. Established in 2003 the company and design team have grown dramatically, working with international brands as well as on local projects. Strong Island caught up with ilovedust’s Matt Howarth, senior designer, and found out more about ILD’s involvement with Nike’s Risk Everything:

ilovedust has been working with Nike for some time, can you give us a quick history of how you hooked up with them initially? Some of the past projects with them that you guys have been particularly stoked on?

We’ve been working for Nike for the last 7 years, it all started off with an illustration for a Jordan x Levis 501 project back when we were a small 4 man studio, i guess we did a pretty good job and the word spread internally at Nike world headquarters that ilovedust knew their shit! Since then we’ve grown our relationship year on year and been lucky enough to meet some inspiring people and work on some great projects along the way.

Can you give us some background on when and how you guys got involved in the England World Cup promotional branding and Risk Everything?

The initial brief for the “Risk Everything” campaign came from advertising agent Wieden & Kennady (W+K) in Portland, Oregon, over the years we have a made a few friends there and they emailed us way back in September saying they’ve got the perfect project for us! The project became so big that we ended up working directly with the Nike Football department directly.

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From what has been released already I’ve seen the mural on the Southbank of Jack Wilshire & Wayne Rooney the backdrop for the England team for their World Cup kit, retail displays and more, it is clearly a huge project, can you break down what is involved in a project of this scale?

Oh god… where to start!! Initially W+K briefed us to create illustrations for their 5 top footballers to be used in a print campaign (these will released in a couple of weeks), then Nike Football tasked us with creating illustrations for 7 different countries which Nike will be sponsoring at the World Cup, these would be used online and across retail destinations in each of the 7 countries. Since all of these have been completed we’ve been contacted by W+K London, Amsterdam, Rio and Tokyo for additional illustrations, this is where the Wayne Rooney/Jack Wilshere piece comes in to play, curated by W+K London and currently on display on the Southbank.

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With Risk Everything you guys have stamped your distinct signature style all over it, what level of creative control do Dust and the team have in the collaboration with Nike?

When the brief came in it referenced a lot of our work, the client had a distinct idea of what they wanted, we took it, run with it, and made it better. Luckily we have good, open relationships with our clients, and we know a thing or two about football, so they trusted us.

As well as having your main studio in Portsmouth you have a studio in Portland, working with a brand the size of Nike and a project of this scale have there been practical issues with working with a brand on the other side of the World? Advantages?

We’ve visited Nike HQ 3 times during this project and our small studio in Portland has allowed us to work on the project in real time with the clients. We’re used to being 8 hours ahead of them everyday, and working until midnight is not uncommon, so being able to work and get feedback instantaneously was a real advantage.

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The ilovedust lion is the striking backdrop for the England team in the new Nike kit in the run up to the World Cup, what design constraints did you experience (if any) with working with essentially a national sporting icon? Were the FA involved in sign-off?

This project was a fun one to work on with hardly any design restraints, and as far as we know The FA were not involved in sign-off, but as with all Nike work it had to go through legal checks, we we’re pretty safe with the 3 lions.

The lion and associated artwork are already gracing huge sports retailers’ windows plus on TV adverts, how does if feel seeing your work on this level in the UK?

It’s always nice to see months of hard work pay off when it’s released to the world – a bit surreal to see it in shop windows in your hometown!

Nike Football's 'Risk Everything' by Portsmouth Studio ilovedust

I’m assuming there is still much more to come in the run up to June and the World Cup? Will you guys be getting out to Rio?

Yes, lots more to come. The “Risk Everything” campaign will run beyond the World Cup and into next season so we have started to work on a different style of illustration for Europe’s top clubs; Barca, Man Utd, PSG, Juventus etc etc

ILD is home to some die hard Portsmouth FC fans, ever think about what you could do in regards to the club in respect to design? Maybe a new kit for 2014/2015 season?

Ha, the current kit’s not too bad but i’m sure we could improve it if given the chance!

Without letting too many cats out of the bag, what other projects are you guys working on for 2014?

Some very cool projects in the pipeline, one for Pepsi which is also World Cup related, we’re continuing to work with Microsoft for the launch of Xbox One’s Sunset Overdrive computer game in 2015, hmmm what else… lots more Nike that’s for sure, a few bits for Red Bull and a couple of top secret projects which you’ll have to wait for… sorry!

The Risk Everything artwork continues to roll out through the press and on TV, below are some images of the artwork already in the wild, be sure to keep up with the ILD website, blog, Twitter, Instagram & Behance to see more.

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Vintage Southsea Postcards

You know we love a bit of vintage nostalgia here at Strong Island, and these old postcards of Clarence Pier are no exception. I always pick them up at the Car Boot sale opposite Clarence when I see one. When does the Car Boot start up again? Got to be soon. Answers on a postcard…



RETROSPECTIVE – Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea

“Since Strong Island began back in 2008 we have amassed an incredible amount of historical information about Portsmouth & Southsea’s past. These articles are not only from our own interest and passion about the city, but also from readers that have sent us some amazing facts. So much has changed in such a relatively short amount of time and the fast pace of life around us can make it easy to forget the importance of this cities history.

Retrospective‘ takes a look back at some of our previous posts incase you missed them in the past or you’re one of our new readers. One day myself and Paul hope to create a stand alone archive here utilising all the books and photos we have collected that haven’t made it on to Strong Island as of yet. With permission of course! So much to do and so little time. Enjoy.”

This is one seriously awesome vintage photography collection from Pop Olive33 that I found on Flickr a while back (sadly no longer active). Check out Osborne Road and Guildhall. Just incredible. It’s hard to imagine a time when traffic flowed through Guildhall, 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…

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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.


Southsea Strong Island Celebrates

I just can’t find the right images for this! Strong Island is 1 whole year old this Sunday the 27th. Time surely does fly hey. Meet us for a beer if you’re out and about. I think there’s something going on Albert Road this Sunday too…


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Created Local – Victoria Haynes

Friend of Strong Island, Charlie ‘Pet Sounds’ Waddington told me about a very talented work colleague of his the other day and kindly asked if she could send in some examples of her work. Damn straight she can. That’s what we’re all about here, you know that.

I’ll introduce Vicky with the little bio that sent me. “Right, erm. About me, I’m 28, married with a two-year-old little boy, and have lived in Portsmouth all my life. I work three days a week at Paul Smith, where I’m the visual merchandiser and a sales assistant. The rest of the time I spend looking after my son, seeing friends and family, drawing, crocheting, sewing, watching films, listening to music and reading – the dream is to eventually scratch a living from artwork and handmade goods, while living in an old house with the family and a cat or two. I’m socially awkward, and have a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, I’m not very cool and tend to like clothes that everyone else thinks are repulsive – my favourite shop in Portsmouth is Dead Mans Glory, closely followed by any charity shop. I am actually addicted to period dramas, and love anything from the 40’s, 50’s or 60’s.”

Vicky’s print artwork is hand drawn, scanned in to the computer, coloured in Illustrator and usually drawn from a photograph for accuracy. Patterns are then self generated and added after. Inspiration comes from old objects, cameras, typewriters and suchlike – anything from days gone by captures her imagination. Crochet has so far been limited to homewares and childrens hats, but she would love to start making more wearable items to sell.

Undoubtedly a girl of many, many talents, Vicky’s work is eclectic, fun, unique and fantastic. Please add your comments and thoughts at the bottom of the page.

Keep up to date with Vicky over at her Blog All the best for the future and I hope you get that old house. Vicky also has prints for sale in the Southsea Gallery on Albert Road. Pop down and grab one.

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Illustration – Tristan

Big Rave Night

Clearly ‘that top group from Portsmouth The Parkas’ used to rave hard at the licensed bar The Drill Hall in Camberley back in ’67. Awesome stuff for sure.

Flyer Seen : Pompey Pop Pix

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.

Created Local – David Thompson

The Hiscock Gallery on Stanley Street behind Waitrose has some interesting new vintage style prints in stock by local artist David Thompson. They are a series of digitally drawn images reflecting upon 1930 – 1950s style advertising posters, enhanced with modern techniques. A really nice simplistic approach highlighting the main features of the subject, yet still very technical and intricate in places. The front of The Victory is awesome.

All reproductions are genuine giclée prints, printed with pigment based inks on 180gms Canon Matte paper, fade resistant for 100+ years. These “Poster” Prints are all personally signed by the artist. Head on over to Davids Gallery and take a look for yourself. Nice stuff for sure.

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