Chris Brunnen set up CJB Photography in 1986 after art college training and five years working for a design and photography company in Portsmouth. Now based in a purpose built studio at Portchester, CJB Photography is one of the longest established photographic businesses in the area. Chris frequently flies over Hampshire, Dorset and Sussex, in fact, most of the South of England for aerial photography.
Portsmouth has long been a focus of Chris’ and he is now looking to share some of his favourite photographs of Portsmouth over the past thirty years in a book – Portsmouth; An Aerial Tour Through Time.
Chris describes “With over 260 photographs in a large, 160 page, A4, landscape format, hard back, ‘coffee table’ book, I will guide you on an aerial tour of the island City of Portsmouth. Flying in a helicopter at an altitude of around 1,000ft, we will see many sites of local and historical interest but I am no historian so this is not, strictly, a history book. What this book is, however, is a visual history: a record to show how Portsmouth has changed.”
The book will also feature work by Jim Bramble, Chris’ former teacher of his back in the 1970’s. Using Jim’s photographs as a basis, Chris has carefully selected shots from his archive to guide you around the city to see how it used to be and how it is now.
He adds, “What I have done is try and identify the buildings and places in these photographs that have been lost to history, or in some cases preserved. I’m sure you will remember many more places in these photographs that may not appear in local history books. Portsmouth, being an island city, has had to make use of every square inch of land so some redevelopments have been quite ruthless, while in other areas land has been reclaimed from the sea to allow space for expansion.”