Hidden Places Around Portsmouth: Fade into Grey

Local resident and photographer John Callaway gives us a glimpse into Portsmouth’s hidden places with his stunning photography. This week John takes a stroll along Southsea seafront.

Despite being a familiar and favourite walk, the seafront from Eastney to South Parade Pier always rewards patience and observance with something new. Sometimes it’s just the way that the light seems to draw out hidden colours from the landscape.

Sometimes it’s a small detail that catches the eye – a painted butterfly in an old gun emplacement.

At other times, people’s interactions with the landscape prompt questions of why, and what’s going on. The photographer capturing the image within the image. The ceremony in the Solent.

Sometimes it’s slowly crumbling structures on the beach. Legacies from an earlier time, slowly fading into grey.

Sea Defence…? © John Callaway 2021
Big Sky… © John Callaway 2021
Who Breaks a Butterfly © John Callaway 2021
Decisive moment…? © John Callaway 2021
Total immersion…? © John Callaway 2021
Don’t Diss A Pier… © John Callaway 2021
Mostly shingle… © John Callaway 2021


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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