The airport commissioned Southampton Solent University photography student, James Robinson, to take images of people and iconic landmarks of the city. The result is ‘Fifty’ - a stunning wall of fifty photos which is now displayed in the arrivals area of the airport.
‘Fifty’ features famous locations around Southampton such as the Mayflower Theatre, St Mary’s Stadium, Tudor House and the port. It’ll be seen by international passengers and local residents alike, providing a warm welcome to (or back to) the city. The wall was officially unveiled by The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Mrs Sue Blatchford on 11th June 2014.
Jan Halliday, Director of Marketing & Communications at Southampton Airport, said: “There are many wonderful places in Southampton and James has managed to capture the character of the city in this photo wall. He has been a pleasure to work with and I hope that this project will provide him with a spring board into the world of work. Indeed, very few photography students can claim to have held a ‘one man installation’ at an airport!”
Professor Mike Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Southampton Solent University said: “We were delighted when Southampton Airport invited us to be involved in their 'pledge ' for the 50th anniversary of the city, enabling one of our talented BA Photography students, James Robinson, to demonstrate his skills. We are proud of what James has achieved and the display is a credit to him, our university and the city of Southampton.”
Photographer James Robinson, of Southampton Solent University, added: “I am delighted to have been given this fantastic opportunity by Southampton Airport to capture the diversity, beauty and excitement of the city. This assignment has given me the chance to explore with new a perspective the fascinating breadth of our historic city. My personal highlight was photographing the enormous container ships from a small vessel darting around the docks. Undertaking this commission during the final weeks of my degree has been hard work but tremendous fun; hopefully it will showcase Southampton to passengers as they arrive at and depart from the airport, increase my exposure with potential clients and help me forge a successful career as professional photographer.”
- On 24 February 1964. Southampton was awarded city status by royal charter and this year will celebrate its golden jubilee. For more information visit www.discoversouthampton.co.uk/live/50-anniversary-of-city-status
- For more information about Southampton Solent University visit www.solent.ac.uk