Work on the pier commenced in 1860 and it opened on 1st June 1861. From 1866, a line of the Landport & Southsea Tramway ran right to the pier.
Bombing destroyed the pier on 10th January 1941, Clarence Pier, featuring a 60 foot steel-framed tower, re-opened on 1st June 1961.
The pier is unusual in being a lot wider than its length. Facilities included indoor complexes and outdoor fairground attractions including a roller coaster, big wheel and a monster express train. There were also various fast-food outlets, and an ice-cream parlour. These have been added to and updated over the years and the pier remains an extremely popular attraction, having been billed as ‘the largest amusement complex on the south coast’.
Having a drone provides a unique perspective on the world that remains largely unseen by the naked eye.
Being able to photograph from the sky and seeing things you cannot necessarily see in everyday is something that has fascinated me for years.
A popular park dating from 1886 with some of the mature evergreen oaks planted in 1910, Canoe Lake has an impressive range of floral bedding on display at the water's edge.
Canoe Lake is known as a swan's nursery as it is one of the mute swans' chosen sites in the Solent. At times up to 60 juveniles can congregate here for comfort and security during the winter. Bread can be harmful for the swans as it is difficult to digest. Wheat grain is a much healthier alternative and is usually available at the Canoe Lake cafe that is located nearby.
For me a long exposure captures what the eye wants to see sometimes, which is a calm sea. It is achieved by placing a filter over the lens that allows the shutter speeds to be dramatically decreased. All moving objects particularly the sea are blurred thus created a calming effect. It is an ongoing project including shots during the fog of spring through to a summers day.
Southsea Bandstand was created by a local blacksmith called Peter Clutterbuck for a cost of £30,000 in 1996. It hosts music throughout the summer with many different acts playing to thousands of people.
It is usually subject to flooding due to its location right next to the sea. So if there is a storm you can almost guarantee that it will be under water for a day or two which can create the most beautiful scenes with the sea as the backdrop and stark contrast to the business of the summer months.
Living by the sea gives plenty of opportunities to capture the sea, most of the time coupled with a sunset. Every day brings a new light and different hues to the previous.
A seascape is a photograph that depicts the sea. Some may call it 'Marine Art'.
Hilsea Lido is a fresh water lido at Hilsea in Portsmouth. The lido was for a number of years closed but reopened undergoing refurbishment under the control of Hilsea Lido Pool for the People.
It has been an ongoing project of mine since 2010 that has barely seen daylight until now. It started with me using a Plaubel Makina 6x7 rangefinder, through to a Hasselblad 503cw to a Canon 5d mk ii over the years that I frequented to the pool to see its renovations.
The photographs here are from my last visit there in 2014.
Dating back to the 15th Century, the Hotwalls Studios were previously artillery barracks. Now thanks to use funding it has opened to the public with an 'artistic quarter' full to the brim of creatives who are plying their trade within the walls of this historic place.
The seaside part of the hotwalls becomes alive at night with walls and stones beneath being illuminated by ever changing lights that shine from above. This creates a magnificent rainbow effect that can been seen for miles.
Hayling Island has eight kilometers of pebble beach, of which the most popular section is West Beach, at the western end of the seafront. Sheltered by the West Winner sand bar, this a good choice for swimmers. All facilities, including fairground and amusement arcades.
Outfall Jetty Eastney
Eastney in the south-eastern tip of Portsmouth which borders Langstone harbour and hayling island.
The area produces good all round fishing with codling in the winter and a good run of plaice in the summer followed by good bass and sole fishing in the autumn and summer months.
South Parade Pier
The original (591m) pier was intended for the use of passengers travelling to and from the Isle of Wight from Portsmouth.
The life of the original, privately owned pier was to be unfortunately short lived when, in 1904, a serious fire destroyed the structure, necessitating a complete re-build. The new Southsea South Parade Pier, reopened in 1908.
Southsea South Parade Pier history remained uneventful during the next sixty years, even surviving the heavy bombing of the port during the Second World War. Two fires in the 1960s and 1970s were however to have an impact on the structure, as it survives today.
Out at sea
This is the part of the English Channel that falls between the outer reaches of Southsea to the Isle of Wight.
It is home to many a sea markers and buoys.
It is also the beginning of the gate way for many a ferry that come from either France or the Isle of Wight alike.
For the last two years it has been home to the Americas Cup sailing competition.
Soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben and has already established itself as a national icon for Britain.
The tower represents sails billowing in the wind, a design accomplished using two large, white, sweeping metal arcs, which give the tower its spinnaker sail design.
Seafront by night
During the morning or the day time the seaside comes alive with colour and activity which is a haven for many a photographer. From looking out to sea or playing in the piers there is fun for everyone.
However at night it becomes and even more magical place, it is quiet and tranquil with the same photographic opportunities but in more challenging conditions.
Many of the photographs with the backdrop of the sun setting creates an almost spooky scene which could be easily mistaken for another place.