Hidden Places Around Portsmouth: End of the Pier Show, Part II

Local resident and photographer John Callaway gives us a glimpse into Portsmouth’s hidden places with his stunning photography. This week, John finds more political metaphors while out in Eastney.

So, here we go again. Clowns to the left of us, rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. A rising tide, and the captain of the ship, along with his crew are nowhere to be seen. Sound familiar?

Chairs missing [Image © John Callaway 2020]
Anyway, those of you that have been following this blog will know that Eastney features quite regularly. To appropriate the title of one of  a certain Mr Young’s albums, it has a certain Ragged Glory about it and there’s definitely a place for a ‘primal masterpiece’ during these dark days. But I digress.

The Hayling Ferry operates a reduced service over the winter months, and in truth the ferry pontoon isn’t somewhere you’d want to stand around on when the weather is windy. The wind does however seem to encourage the herring gulls to take wing and occasionally agree to participate in a photo shoot.

See…gull [Image © John Callaway 2020]
Occasionally too there are those Heath Robinson moments, when imagination takes flight, and the signs, equipment and metal box at the end of the Eastney Pier reveal themselves to be a much more complex construction than you might think.

One of a kind, ‘the De Pfeffel obscurometer’, designed and built to conceal over 95% of all truth and reality, stands sentinel-like at the entrance to Langstone Harbour.

The De Pfeffel Obscurometer. [Image © John Callaway 2020]

This article was originally published on John Callaway’s website, Ideas & images from Portsmouth and beyond. You can read more of John’s writing on his website and also see his live music photography.

Images by John Callaway.

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