Grenfell Tower fire

My heart broke for all those poor souls trapped in the tower. My biggest fears are claustrophobia and fire, so as soon as I saw this I wanted to do something to help, I knew if I just donated to the fund, that would be it and even sharing it on social media, I wasn't confident it would make much more. So the idea of auctioning three of my A1 photos in the hope we could gain a few more pounds arose. 

They sell for £80.00 normally, so I was hoping somewhere near to that would make a decent amount. 

Well I had message after message from people offering from £10 to £75 for the photos, at £50, £65 and £75 I thought that was it, a very decent amount of money, to send to the Grenfell fund and to the Emergency services fund, 50% each. 

That was before the 2pm Saturday deadline Alison from Biscoes solicitors put in a bid of £150 for each of the three photos a huge total of £450.00.  A HUGE THANK YOU TO BISCOES.

What does this say, well it says solicitors have compassion and (a great eye for a photo 😂😂)  a huge heart. It also says that we as a community care about others we care if they are Muslim, we care if they are poor, we care if they are made homeless, we care about humans. 

This gives me faith in all of us coming together, because together we are stronger, together we are HUMANS. 

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£150.00 bid by BISCOES

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 £150.00 bid by BISCOES

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 £150.00 bid by BISCOES

Bear Grylls and Team Britannia

Last weekend we had the honour of welcoming Bear Grylls to see the Team Britannia UK Powerboat, Bear was here to show his support to the Team, to BLESMA who make up a lot of the crew and to Clean Fuel. 

He was very impressed with the boat and spoke extensively to Alan Priddy and Stephan Mason The founders of Team Britannia. A special thanks also to ABC the boat builders, who have busted their guts in getting the boat to where it is now.

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Thought I'd get in on the act  

Philip Morris International

I had the pleasure to shoot the MD of Philip Morris International, Peter Nixon in London for a piece that went into the business section of the London Evening Standard.

The shoot was at the offices in Hammersmith and we were graced with some exceptional cloud as a back drop.  

There are further opportunities to work with them and personally, I cannot wait.  

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Masters fine art exhibition at Action staitions Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

For the next week here in Portsmouth the Masters fine art students are exhibiting their works for all to see at "Action Stations" inside the Historic Dockyard. There are an eclectic of artists displaying their pieces. We have all sorts of artists, we have Victoria from as far away as Canada, each artist takes you through a journey of visual oratory and tactile emotions. Ailsa, Beth, Charlie, Kim, Pam and Victoria make up the exhibiting artists each and everyone of them showing their own little take on their skills. It's a must not miss show, if you're in the area make your way into the Portsmouth historic dockyard and enjoy the pleasures that behold.

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Portsmouth&Southsea FREE kite festival.

Yet again Portsmouth City Council have done an amazing job in giving us a free event in out fantastic city last weekend we had beach buggin, this weekend we have the fantastic kite festival on the common also includes Love Southsea market marquee, and food arena. Just over the way on the Castle field we have the brilliant Thai food festival and as ever throughout the summer we have the free music bandstand. 

if you don't think we live in the best city then you are not taking up the chance to enjoy all the freebies on offer. Big thanks to Donna Jones and all the hard work PCC do, to give us great events.

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Team Britainnia, circumnavigation of the world in a powerboat.

This year the World Circumnavigation Powerboat record will be broken by a craft designed and built by amazing Portsmouth people, huge blue chip companies are on board to help this come to fruition, the same Portsmouth people are the ones that hosted the "FREE" Thundercat extravaganza of powerboats, Music, Stunt motorcycles, food, love Southsea market and much much more on the Castle field and seafront. If we thought that was spectacular then bringing home the record will be as big as the homecoming of the "Lively Lady" from its round the world achievement, which the anniversary is today.

This will again put our amazing City of Portsmouth firmly on the maritime map. With the help of the council, we should be able to make this world wide news, show how great we are at making things happen in our great city.

The powerboat is in fabrication and at the moment a skeleton of aluminium, the engines and jets are waiting to be put in, along with the 6 fuel tanks.

The hull is upside down at this present time and once flipped, will be kitted out and made race ready.

Am I a little excited, after standing inside of the skeleton 80' X 9' you bet ya.

Thanks to Alan Priddy and Stephan Mason also Team Britannia you are all amazing.

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Wedding of Matt & Emily Vincent

Well we couldn't have wished for a better day weather wise, that was the story for the whole day, it just got better and better. First off at the brides home then over to Denmead to the best man Dans house where the boys were far more subdued than the girls ( heavy night or just nerves) a few getting ready and a few ring shots then it was back over to the girls. Make up being done for the girls by Lindsey Wood, I have a second shooter today Paul from "A simpler life" he has been catching the girls whilst I was over with the boys. Dresses are on, into the garden for a few captures and then it's into the cars and onto the church. 

The wedding today is at St Thomas, Bedhampton, beautiful church off the track and offers the most scenic of settings. 

The Reception is at The Newtown Hotel, Manor Road, Hayling. It is a delightfully spacious and clean garden area to congregate and have table magic by the great 'El Roberto', before moving inside where 80 people fitted just perfectly with room for more.  Speeches went without hiccups and dry eyes and moved into the evening of cake smash (accidental) and first dance with a swing. It was the perfect day with perfect family and friends and I wish Matt and Emily, their boys Harry and Oliver all the love, luck and happiness for their futures together. JB 

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Thundercats at Southsea

OK, I'm not easily impressed with people, I have to see something quite amazing for me to gush. Along came a man, Mr Alan Priddy, his enthusiasm and drive can do nothing but impress, this is a very busy man, but does that stop him from talking enthusiastically with every member of the public, no, is the answer. 

Mr Alan Priddy is putting together a very serious team (Team Britainia) to gain the world circumnavigation record in a power boat. The framework for the boat is in fabrication and the attempt will begin on the 21st of October hoping to take in the region of 50 days to complete.

I first met Alan when he helped host the Thundercat racing in Southsea in front of the Pyrimids and on the Castle field, it was a low key affair but with incredible racing, this year was nothing of the sort, once again the racing was immense, but as an added addition we had two days of stunt motorcycles, cheer leaders, Hot Rods, classic cars and music, boy did we have music, local venue the Wedgewood rooms helped put on a fantastic line up. On top of that we had food and drink stalls to choose from, bouncy castles and slides, merry go rounds for the kids and Lu Lu from LoveSouthsea had her marketeers, everything coming together to make a wonderful weekend of entertainment.

Here's the best bit, IT WAS FREE! 

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So near, yet not so far, the Isle of Wight

I spend days, weeks looking out across the Solent at the Isle of Wight, from one island to another, a gem of the British Isles.

Well today we went across, not for the first time, at least not for me, but for 5 teenagers it was. What better way to visit than by the HovertravelLtd hovercraft, we didn't have a lot of time but in the small amount of time we had we did a lot. 

Once there and with the tide receding rapidly, we had time to grab ice cream and sunglasses and stroll off to the beach, families playing in the pools left by the outgoing tide, a 6 year old on a motorbike practicing speedway to an exceptional standard, sun was hot on our pale skin and our Crimson complection showed by the end of the day. 

Don't just look at the island make time to go and visit, it's totally worth it. 

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My Perfect City

I can honestly say, hand on my heart I live in the perfect City for me. 

Pompey

Where shall I start, my first memories, me playing in the garden at Somerset Road North, shouting at the top of my voice on a Saturday afternoon when Pompey were at home, as the crowd cheered then so did I. My support has never wavered, even though my uncle Sid told me to be like a certain Mr Greaves, I tried, but all it did was make me a follower of Yid, they are still my second team to look out for, along with Cambridge ( can't remember why). I love being a Pompey fan, I like the roller coaster ride.

The sea. 

I love being surrounded by the sea, the noise of the waves, the smell in the wind, the ever changing views and colours. 

Sunrise and Sunset.

We are blessed by the views of stunning sunrise and sunsets from our island city, starting and finishing in a different place everyday of the year.

Food and commerce. 

We have an abundance of restaurants and eateries of all tastes and predominantly independent, I love to use local business and we have a fantastic eclectic of shops and food outlets.

People

We are an island and with that comes the island mentality we are a stronghold we are opinionated and resolute, we are strong in character. 

Views and Architecture

These we have in abundance, at every turn there is something to shoot and capture, drive through the streets of Eastney and the east west parallels gives you a sight of the Spinnaker Tower. Walk down Osbourne Road and there is street art from acclaimed artists such as Gary Stranger, MSK, Fark and many more. Walk to the end of the road and you are greeted with the facade of the Queens Hotel. North of the City you have the Hilsea lines, West, you have the docks, East you have an almost uninterrupted shoreline walk.

In the City Center we have the iconic Guildhall and adjacent civic offices. 

All in all it has everything I need in a city, it has history, it has attractions it is the perfect city for me. 

 

 

 

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Stand against the wall

This Sunday it was backs to the wall as some of the best street art in the city was asked to be painted over. Art work by renowned street artists Gary Stranger and MSK, it's said that due to pressure from a resident, the owner of the building asked local cafe owner and Portsmouth & Southsea artist "Fark" to paint over the brilliant wall murals. Fark, for the last 5 years has curated the art work on the walls, in doing so he has got some of the best talent for street art to come and add colour and beauty to our already talented local artists such as MyDogSighs and This is Midge.

30+ Southsea residents including myself stood arm in arm side by side in front of the art so it couldn't be covered over. I'm happy to say, for the time being we still have the art on the wall.  

Gary Stranger has recently been commissioned by the town of Ditchling, Sussex to paint letters around the village celebrating type and font, it's a shame Portsmouth City Councils, Councillor of Art and Culture hasn't the same vision. 

Selfie with the Ghetto Blasters  

Selfie with the Ghetto Blasters  

Fark trying to get past the crowds to paint the wall, to no avail. 

Fark trying to get past the crowds to paint the wall, to no avail. 

Wall art by MSK and Gary Stranger

Wall art by MSK and Gary Stranger

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Team Britannia, Alan Priddy

Last night saw a gathering of forward thinking, world caring, history making people. It was the night of the re-commissioning of the Dupree Cup, now being dedicated to the record breaking of the round the world powerboat attempt.

The Dupree Cup had been hidden for many years, as when World War 2 broke out, the cup along with many others was stuffed out of sight up a chimney. Thankfully it will now sit pride of place once again, that is when Alan Priddy and his history making Team Britannia break the Round the world record in a powerboat, fuelled by innovative clean fuel.

I personally would like to wish Alan and the team a very safe and extremely successful journey. Bring the record home to Pompey! 

Alan Priddy

Alan Priddy

Dupree Cup

Dupree Cup

The Powerboat fuelled with "Clean Fuel" 

The Powerboat fuelled with "Clean Fuel" 

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Alan meeting with Portsmouths new Mayor David Fuller

Alan meeting with Portsmouths new Mayor David Fuller

The boat will be sailored by a team of disabled ex forces.

The boat will be sailored by a team of disabled ex forces.

Creative Space

Friday saw the opening of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth, Eldon Buildings. 

Students had put together their works on display for the public to come and admire. From interior design, architecture, film and media to performing artists it had it all. The BA and MA students put on a show. Not forgetting the lecturers who help to bring the talent out. The show is still on if you want to pop down, from Tuesday and the rest of the week, don't miss it, be motivated, be inspired.  

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"The Tea Tray" Southsea's hidden treasure.

Opposite some amazing street art, by world famous artists such as Gary Stranger, Fanakapan, Fark and Seedsone, sits a little cafe front with table and chairs. But once inside it opens to a beautifully laid out and eclectic art gallery, put together by the owners to show the creative of Portsmouth. It doesn't stop there, the food and drinks are healthy and quite simply amazing (cakes). Is it a must try, most definitely!

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Chris Wood artist portfolio shoot

Acclaimed maritime artist Chris Wood in his Studio at ArtSpace Southsea, Chris is currently painting a commission of the Mary Rose, seen in the background of some captures.

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Action on the Solent

An evening walk got taken over by the excitement of the largest Ocean going cruise ship passing through the Solent. The thing is I get excited on any evening walk along the seafront, there is always something going on, be it big ships, big waves, dead flat seas, sunrises and sunsets, always something. That's why I #LoveMyCity.  

"Harmony of the Seas"  worlds largest cruise liner.

"Harmony of the Seas"  worlds largest cruise liner.

Hovercraft bypassing the Queen Elizabeth

Hovercraft bypassing the Queen Elizabeth

Border patrol coming into harbour

Border patrol coming into harbour

Brittany Ferries is always a welcome sight for the crowds on the beach.  

Brittany Ferries is always a welcome sight for the crowds on the beach.  

Patience is a virtue

Getting up early and setting a task is the best way to capture great photos. You don't have to stick to the plan but having a plan really does help. So up I got at 6.00am with the plan of shooting Canoe Lake reflections or the swans in a heart shape. What happened was a Dad and son net fishing, a girl skateboarding and swans coming into land. The main rule is you must get out there! 

Squadron coming into land

Squadron coming into land

"Can we eat them dad" 

"Can we eat them dad" 

5 laps before breakfast.  

5 laps before breakfast.  

"Have you got food" 

"Have you got food" 

Wedding book

When you sit for over 8 hours designing the wedding book for clients it's amazing how the memories of the day come flooding back, it's a pleasurable chore 😊 

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Rosie seaside trip

I've been fortunate to have my granddaughter for a couple of days, so we went to the seaside in Southsea, Portsmouth. 

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Nanny and Rosie

Nanny and Rosie

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Brighton day trip

It was lovely to take the new blackbird on a day trip to Brighton, Sussex. We stayed at the iconic Grand Hotel, took in the sights and a few too many cocktails.  

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