Impressive sized images of Portsmouth’s most loved landmarks and lesser known hidden gems are the stars of a new exhibition opened today 15 November in the passenger terminal at Portsmouth International Port.
The thirty stunning photographs are the personal reflections of photography students from nearby Highbury College. Their “Portsmouth and Me” exhibition captures the essence of life in Britain’s only Island City, shown through the lens of those who live and study there.
Richard Blair, Educational Trainer at Highbury College, said: “Portsmouth is in the DNA of these students, and they've spent the summer selecting the sights that mean most to them. The results are impressive, and the light and airy passenger terminal is the perfect place to display their talented take on our wonderful city.”
The exhibition was opened by Portsmouth’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Ken Ellcome, who attended the launch with a group of special guests who came to see the wonderful pictures for the first time. The display makes the use of the spacious terminal and is part of the #PortsmouthTakesYouThere marketing campaign. Launched earlier this year it highlights the wonderful experiences passengers can enjoy on a journey to and through the Great Waterfront City.
The display is open to the public as well as passengers and will be in place until well into the New Year.
Mike Sellers, port director of Portsmouth International Port, said “These images give a real insight into the city that waits to be discovered just minutes away. There are some well-known sights and some views that even those who work here at the Port might have missed. We look forward to sharing them with cruise and ferry passengers visiting us this winter.”
Students from Highbury College are no strangers to Portsmouth International Port, last year contributing to an exhibition marking the Port’s 40th anniversary. In June Travel and Tourism students attended workshops to coincide with Seafarers Awareness Week. As a result the college has now made Seafarers UK one of its nominated charities, with students planning a sponsored walk later this year.