We’ve been keeping ourselves busy over the past few weeks, planning, producing, shooting, and editing a new video for one of our favourite regional street food traders: Bubble&.
The theme of this year’s International Women's Day is 'Be Bold for Change', and we can think of so many women who fit this description, especially in the design realm — a field which myself and Jeeves are hugely passionate about.
International Women's Day celebrates the social, economical, cultural, and political achievements of women. Here’s a selection of some of the female designers who inspire and influence us on a daily basis.
Portsmouth is renowned for its fascinating history, and is quickly becoming recognised for its cultural growth and modern urbanisation. That’s why, wherever you walk in the city, you see clashes of past and present. It’s attention-grabbing, how many layers you can often see from any one point on our island.
So, ‘Old & New’ is our theme for March!
We had precisely 88 entries to our ‘In Pairs’ photography competition in February — none of them featured two fat ladies, though. Choosing a winner was even tougher than ‘Fresh Starts’ back in January. But the four of us whittled it down to one victor. Their prizes?
- A £10.00 voucher for Bread Addiction in Elm Grove
- A bouquet of beautiful flowers from Ultraviolet Flowers on Clarendon Road
- A shared beanbag screening of any film at Café au Cinema during March
- A HIIT class with Shelley at StrongLiving PT
- Lunch for two at Home Coffee on Albert Road
- A family pass for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Before we get to the winner, let’s take a look at some of the February entries. None of which contain the Eiffel Tower, no matter how many times you misread it as ‘In Paris’. The talent we’ve seen over the past four weeks has week remarkable:
Where better to start capturing pairs than with the very bird whose necks come together to form love hearts? Here’s a selection of shots of the Canoe Lake swans we got through this month:
Sarah Ann Brown
Dave George Cooper
Charlotte B. — pairs of pears!
Dave George Cooper
The Top Picks
In Third Place: Alex Slator
January’s overall winner hopped back into our top picks section this month with this fantastic capture of a man and man’s best friend taking a leisurely stroll down the seafront, on the path snaking between Southsea Castle and the Castle Field battlements.
In Second Place: Paul Watt
Cute candid couple, sharp architectural geometry, and nautical references in the spinnaker-shaped streetlights, millennium walk anchor crest, and glimpses of harbour water. This street shot from Paul Watt is wonderful.
In first place, this month’s winner: Johnny Black!
It’s not just that this is a beautiful and unique perspective of the Royal Garrison Church in Old Portsmouth, or that Johnny has captured the sun casting a pleasingly long shadow across its roof — it’s the perfectly-placed and expertly-composed candid couple, and the second pair in the photo: two slits in the spire’s shadow cut out by its windows. A well-deserved February victor. Follow Johnny Black on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and pay a visit to his website »
Video marketing is one of the leading forms of advertising, and has been for several years. If you’ve yet to start promoting yourself with video, you’ve fallen behind. Facebook feeds, Twitter timelines, Instagram streams, Snapchat stories, YouTube channels, and many other platforms are awash with an endless reel of video content.
Photography is a huge part of everyday life, especially since the rise of the smartphone and the social media revolution (the best camera is the one you have with you, as the saying goes). We offer photography as a professional service, but also love casually taking photos on our iPhones to share with friends on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, documenting our lives.
Turning over a new leaf and making a fresh start means something totally different to everybody. That, plus it being a new year, was the reason we chose Fresh Starts as the theme of our first monthly photography competition in 2017. We received 50+ entries. The ideas and talent we’ve seen is marvelous. Before we whittle down to the winners, here’s a selection of January’s submissions.
We love a sunrise! And we received dawn shots aplenty. Here are some morning sun submissions which slotted smoothly into ‘Fresh Starts’.
Shot from Gosport, by Phillipa Newman
Grzegorz Kopacz, shot at Portchester Shore
Trevor Goodman, shot at Southsea seafront
A month of frosty fog
Portsmouth is home to exactly zero fair-weather photographers — as soon as the fog hits, you’re out shooting the moody misty streets and seascapes early in the mornings! Here are some submissions which capture the more bitter, colder rises of January.
New days and new beginnings
Whether it was capturing the dawn of each new day, or portraying the resurrective symbolism of the new year, every photographer who submitted pictures to this month’s competition made the Fresh Starts theme their own.
Joanne Taylor: “I took it yesterday whilst planning my own personal ‘fresh start’ — I used a paper cup from Eastney Coffee Cup (supporting local business!) to make my own miniature Southsea Castle. It's part of my plan to visit the beach as much as possible this year and notice the beautiful in the ordinary.” This was one of our favourite submission story from the past month.
“One door closes, another opens” — Zoe Garnham, captured at the Southsea Rose Gardens
Captured at the Freelands Heliport in Fareham Creek by Shaun Roster
THE TOP PICKS
In third place: Georgie Banfield
Georgie captured this fantastically-focused photo of daybreak dew one foggy morning on Milton Common. We love the inverted reflections in the droplets, the spidery tendrils of the plants, and the murky muted natural tones.
In second place: John Parke
John Parke photographed a runner down on Southsea Seafront — landmarks including South Parade Pier and the Solent Forts can be seen on the horizon, the running action is exciting and ties into the idea of living healthier in the new year, and the reflection ties it all together beautifully.
In first place, this month’s winner: Alex Slator!
Picking a winner for January was seriously tough, but this combination of candid portraiture and urban cityscape works so well, we had to go with Alex Slator’s early rise picture. It’s familiar, but twists the ‘freshness’ of our daily starts. The composition feels at once planned and quickfire, and the tease of the Spinnaker Tower on the horizon brings it all back to Portsmouth. It’s also a fresh angle on the city that we’ve not seen captured quite like this before. So, big congratulations to Alex for being January’s overall winner! Follow Alex on Instagram »
Alex has won:
- A locally-designed sea-themed tee from Love Southsea
- A green juice cleanse programme from natural organic vegan store Wild Thyme on Palmerston Road
- A yoga class pass for two at Portsmouth Yoga in Albert Road
- A SWEAT Outdoors class taking place out in the elements, come rain or shine, on Castle Field from 9:00am on Saturday mornings
- Two tickets for a film of your choice at No. 6 Cinema throughout February
- £10.00 to spend at Greens Café beside Canoe Lake
- Two breakfasts at Southsea Beach Café
Click through below for our February competition!
Current and future design trends are essential to us as a design and media studio — they’re one of the core ways we guide and shape our work and in-house brand. Pantone’s annual Colour of the Year is one such staple. When they announced 2017’s colour as Greenery, I started thinking of ways we can all incorporate it more into our lifestyles and work.