Southsea creative and Strong Island Co-Founder Tristan Savage describes himself as a Professional Amateur. Working as a graphic designer by day and full time creative practitioner the rest of the time, he’s consistently trying new things and love’s the fact that there is always something different to practice, hence the Professional Amateur.
Coming predominantly from a skateboarding and film making background I’ve been progressively falling in love with photography over the last ten to fifteen years. Although not principally the subject of my photography, skateboarding and it’s inherent eye for forgotten or ignored views of the everyday world definitely has a strong undercurrent in my own personal perspective as is time and it’s effects on the physical world and the subsequent emotional repercussions.
I’m a former roadie and club DJ with a passion for music and football, i’m an avid Pompey fan and general sports enthusiast. I’m co-founder of Little Johnny Russells and co-owner of The Belle Isle down here in Southsea. My latest project is Victorious Festival of which i’m a founder, curator and director alongside studying an events degree. I’ve been known to organise an event or two previously too, regarding the social side of living in this fair city.
Heading to London in the 80’s enabled a thorough understanding of media and design whilst working with leading photographers and editors. A wealth of experience was gained in advertising and TV. Freelance photography and voluntary teaching for 3 years before working in web design and image consultancy with clients such as U2, Prince and Frank Zappa’s Estate. Currently a lecturer at Portsmouth University and also involved in running projects that showcase the creative elements of the city with students and local artists/designers.
I love doing things differently just to piss people off. Adore my old dog Twm and always have a camera with me.
I’ve been playing in bands for the better part of 10 years, been all over England and some of Europe. I try to take photos and make videos. I like slow and fast music. Would like to be a better skateboarder.
If there is one thing that gets me going it’s cooking. Originally from Portsmouth but having spent a large wedge of my life living in Paris and Barcelona, the love of creating good food runs deep. You will find me at my happiest in my kitchen, with a large glass of red, BBC 6 Music in the background and something bubbling away in front of me.
Im Lou also known as ‘ooh la lapin’ my alter ego. I spend most of the day making and crafting in my studio at the back of a tiny house. I have soft spot for taxidermy owls and listening to Americana and Folk music. My perfect day in Southsea is visiting the Butterfly House followed by chips and beer on the beach. Then stopping off on Albert Road to do some shopping.
Stu Barker – Contributor
I had been a regular visitor to Strong Island since it began in 2008 so I was really happy when Paul and Tristan asked me to join the team. Through Strong Island I’ve been able to forge some great links around Portsmouth and Southsea, as well as taking part in some great projects including the Road to Blissfields and compiling the Strong Island Calendars. I’m looking forward to playing a part in continued success of Strong Island.
My Dog Sighs has been living in and decorating the streets Portsmouth since 1999. His philosophy of viewer friendly, interactive pieces have been placed on his wanders around this fair city as part of his ongoing Free Art Friday project as well as larger graffiti based murals dotted around the city. One of the founding members of the Portsmouth Creative Movement (PCM) he is keen to promote inclusive creative opportunities across the city. As well as the streets of Portsmouth his work can be seen in Galleries, private collections and walls across the globe.
Founder of the Longlive Co-operative, Charlie has been playing in bands and DJing around Southsea for too long. He can be found at the One-Eyed Dog on Thursdays and Saturdays where he confuses revellers into dancing to everything from Aretha Franklin to Squarepusher. With other assorted folk he puts on parties at EQ and has provided over 50 Pet Sounds playlists for Strong Island on a semi-regular basis over the years, he now curates the ‘Friends of Pet Sounds’ series but still finds the time for one of his own now and then.
I have a simple mission: to deliver an outstanding service that’s going to help your business grow and succeed. Focusing on your organisation, your target audiences and most importantly your customers’ needs.
Wannop Fox Staffurth & Bray – Strong Island Legal Partners
WFSB Law is pleased to announce that we are proud legal services partners of Strong Island.
Over the past few months our Company Commercial Department, in particular William Anderson and Adam Workman, have worked with Strong Island providing them with business advice and assistance so that the guys can concentrate on continuing all the good work they do for the people, businesses and culture of Portsmouth & Southsea.
The senior Partner of WFSB Law as well as a number of their solicitors and support staff live in Portsmouth & Southsea and have been frequent users of the Strong Island website for some time. It was during a leisurely cycle from Southsea around Hayling Island and back that Tristan and Will first discussed the idea of working together to provide any legal advice that Strong Island needed.
WFSB Law is a full service regional law firm advising businesses and individuals throughout the South East and London with a number of our clients operating in the Portsmouth area.
We work with a range of clients including private individuals, partnerships, small businesses right up to large national and multinational companies and corporations. We also work for charities, community interest companies and other not for profit organisations such as Strong Island.
As partners of strong-island.co.uk we are pleased to offer special discounted rates on our legal fees to new clients who contact us through visiting strong-island.co.uk.
To take advantage of this offer please direct your enquiries to William Anderson at email@example.com or by telephone on 01243 753295. When emailing or calling please quote ‘Strong Island’.
Just some of the services we provide are set out below:
Business Services: Corporate and Company Commercial, Commercial Property, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, Debt Recovery and Employment.
Individuals: Residential Property & Conveyancing, Private Client (Wills, Probate, Trusts and Tax), Litigation, Employment, Personal Injury, Family & Childcare and Crime.
For more information on the services we provide please visit our website at www.wfsblaw.com or call Will on 01243 753295.