Portsmouth, New Hampshire


Portsmouth is a small but colorful harbor city, and is guaranteed to make for a dandy day and fun photos! Full of interesting stuff for tourists like festivals, the Music Hall, the USS Albacore and the like, Portsmouth sure has something for everyone!

Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a pleasant little harbor city filled with fun culture and unique history. Located on the Piscataqua River across from Kittery, Maine, the area was said to be filled with wild strawberries when first settled by English immigrants in 1630. Hence, it was first called “Strawbery Banke,” which is now the title of an outdoor historical museum. However, the name was changed to Portsmouth a few decades later, after the Portsmouth in England, as was the pattern for most place names in the state.

One might be surprised to learn this city was once among the busiest ports in the country. In fact, several treaties have been negotiated and signed in Portsmouth. The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has been supplying the US Navy with ships for over 200 years. In 1774, Paul Revere rode to Portsmouth to warn its citizens of approaching British troops. Oney Judge, a former slave of George Washington, famously escaped from Washington’s manor to Portsmouth, where she found freedom.

I don’t mean to make a history lesson, but Portsmouth has succeeded in its endeavors to preserve its history, so it is hard to avoid! And really, anyone with vague interest should try to explore Portsmouth’s historic district. The ships of the harbor, the old cemeteries, and the classic architecture will provide you with many sights worth photographing. But anyway, let’s talk about the cultural aspects of Portsmouth.

There is a fun and eclectic collection of restaurants and shops throughout Portsmouth. I’ve been visiting Portsmouth for years on a regular basis and I’m still discovering new spots of interest. Everything in and around Market Square is worth a visit. I highly recommend The Friendly Toast if you want a bite to eat. Not only is their food yummy, but it will also make for great Lomo opportunities; their atmosphere is wonderfully strange with retro decor bordering on circus freakshow. A short walk away and you’ll find Odyssey and the Oracle, a tiny store jam-packed with used records of all kinds and music memorabilia.

Prescott Park is a nice sight with its flower gardens and is only a short walk from the downtown area. There are usually all sorts of free activities and festivals going on there in the summer too. Also check out The Music Hall, which is located in such a discreet building you may almost miss it. They screen all sorts of films in addition to having an assortment of musical performances and theatrical plays. Another thing that may make for interesting (or at least random and different) photos is the USS Albacore, a small naval submarine that is now on land and was once used to test a new hull design, though this is a short drive from the downtown area.

Well, that’s probably enough plugging of my favorite spots of the area. As a lifelong New Hampshire resident, I have to say I appreciate Portsmouth more than any place in the whole state and this article only barely explains why. Sure, Portsmouth has great architecture and history. What really makes the place, though, is the way it is always bustling with life. Anyone who lives in New Hampshire knows what I mean when I say not many cities in the state can claim to have their own culture and a downtown area that people frequently use. Portsmouth is an exception to that and I recommend it. Oh, and did I mention it is minutes away by car from Hampton Beach?

written by carmenism on 2010-08-06 in #world #locations #travel-destination #united-states #new-hampshire #portsmouth #northeast #new-england #nh

One Comment

  1. fivedayforecast
    fivedayforecast ·

    Awesome Article! Odyssey and Oracle are dicks though. Tis a shame./

More Interesting Articles

  • LomoLocations: Tokyo, Japan

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-09-17 in #world #locations
    LomoLocations: Tokyo, Japan

    Common advice tells us that Tokyo is best experienced at night. The neon lights of Ginza come on, Shibuya Crossing gets crammed, Ropponggi lets loose. Reverse the advice and we’ll get something like a palate cleanser. The Imperial Palace, Shinjuku Gyoen and small parks peppered around the city offer relief, from morning until late afternoon. Even ordinary streets appeal to tourists. We suspect those secret ramen spots add to the charm.

  • Joe Prileszky - Closer Exhibition Launch Party

    written by lomographysoholondon on 2015-10-27 in #world #events
    Joe Prileszky - Closer Exhibition Launch Party

    Join us for the opening night of Closer, an exhibition by fashion photographer Joe Prileszky on 12th November from 6pm. The Carnaby Shopping Night will also be in full swing with street music, store discounts and some early festive fun.

  • A Summer Of Festivals – Discover Electric Castle

    written by dop on 2015-07-18 in #world #lifestyle #locations
    A Summer Of Festivals – Discover Electric Castle

    There are quite a lot of festivals to choose from every summer and for sure everyone has his favorite. This June @danika, @hinny and @tomas_bates joined me for one of my favorites: Electric Castle Festival. Armed with loads of films & cameras, good mood and a lot of patience for the road to the heart of Romania, we set off to discover Electric Castle. Read on to find out what this off the radar festival has to offer!

  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Il Giardino dei Tarrochi: A Lomographer’s Delight

    written by Sophia Schmitz on 2015-04-08 in #world #locations
    Il Giardino dei Tarrochi: A Lomographer’s Delight

    Of course, Italy makes a great destination for taking photos. But what if there was a place where you could find stunning motifs, impressive colors, and the ideal mixture of nature and arts all at once? What if I told you that there is a place like that: a garden full of art in the middle of nowhere?

  • December 18th Advent Offer: Save 10% On Film Today! (Online Code: FILMFANTASY10)

    written by jacobs on 2014-12-18 in #news
    December 18th Advent Offer: Save 10% On Film Today! (Online Code: FILMFANTASY10)

    With the holidays just around the corner, it's a great time to make sure you have loads of wonderful films for all the fun festivities coming up. Today's Advent deal of the day is here to help you do just that! Head on over to the Online Shop and save 10% on our wide selection of films. Do the right thing and keep your camera happy this year!

  • Tipster: Three Easy Distressed Masks for the Lomo'Instant

    written by ahollond on 2015-09-13 in #gear #tipster
    Tipster: Three Easy Distressed Masks for the Lomo'Instant

    I like to make and use masks with my Lomo'Instant camera, but sometimes they are too dominant. In coming up with more subtle masks, I found several that produced an interesting, distressed look, especially when paired with the camera flash and color gel strips. They're especially good for creating Halloween-themed photos.

  • Shop News

    the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

     the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

    Let your loved one pick the gift of their dreams. Lomography Online Shop Gift Certificates are the perfect present for every analogue devotee on your gift list

  • LomoLocations: Beijing, China

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-09-10 in #world #locations
    LomoLocations: Beijing, China

    Beijing is a ready-made template for panoramic shots. Tourist baits like The Great Wall, Forbidden City and Summer Palace stretch for miles. Those who walk from end to end will have more to say. For instance, that the ground goes on to infinity. Or that they have never been so tired and amazed all at once.

  • Transient Living: Armitage & McMillan in Denver, Colorado

    written by maliha on 2015-01-07 in #world #locations
    Transient Living: Armitage & McMillan in Denver, Colorado

    If you want to know the heart of a person, peek inside his/her wardrobe! And no, nobody famous said that; I only just made it up. But really, don't you think it's true? After all, the way we dress screams our personality; at least for most of us. And that is why, as soon as I land on a new city, one of the things I absolutely must do is find the local boutiques. Sure, I love the fancy chain boutiques as much as the next person, but there's just something else about a local clothing store. It's unique!

  • Meet our LomoGuru: zulupt

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-08-15 in #world #lifestyle #videos
    Meet our LomoGuru: zulupt

    Aside from being an immensely talented lomographer, what makes him a perfect LomoGuru is his burning desire to share his knowledge. The city where he lives is full of people who are interested in analog photography, but the lack of easy access to film and equipment poses a challenge for them to pursue their passion. To keep them motivated, Hugo organizes workshops and tours on different film photography techniques and DIY tricks. Let's give a loud round of applause to Hugo Pereira, better known in the community as zulupt, our LomoGuru from Marinha Grande, Portugal!

  • Shop News

    The Lomography Experimental Lens Kit opens up a new, creative photographic domain!

    The Lomography Experimental Lens Kit opens up a new, creative photographic domain!

    Satisfy your hunger for creative snap-shooting with this lens package made especially for Micro 4/3 digital cameras! Don't miss the 20% discount!

  • Shooting Squares with the LC-A 120

    written by pripri2000 on 2015-04-22 in #gear #news
    Shooting Squares with the LC-A 120

    Capture the world and all its contours in vibrant, wide-angled photographs any time, any where! The LC-A 120 is an adventure of its own with lots of exciting functions to experiment with, like seamless long exposures or full ISO control. It's also super-fast and ultra-compact - perfect for your everyday. If you're worried about the Medium Format film, don't be! You are free to use any 120 Film you want and there are plenty to choose from. In fact, that's what makes this camera so versatile! Scroll through this gallery for a little taste of the glorious shots this nifty invention is capable of.

  • Angela Izzo on Shooting with the Diana Mini, Photographing Musicians, and Then Some

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-04-29 in #people #lifestyle
    Angela Izzo on Shooting with the Diana Mini, Photographing Musicians, and Then Some

    While many of us can only dream of working with musicians and photographing them, Angela Izzo's job entails exactly that. Apparently, this is a fulfillment of her own dream that she had when she was younger. In this interview, Izzo talks about her beginnings which, of course, included going to as many shows and festivals as she possibly can; some of her most memorable on-the-job-experiences with the likes of The Doors, Lykke Li, Jack White, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Chris Robinson Brotherhood; her inspirations and other interests; and her love for film photography and Diana Mini. And to those looking into fulfilling their own dreams of working in the same industry, Izzo also shares helpful advice based on her own experiences.

  • Vintage Camera, Modern Woman

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-11-27 in #gear #lifestyle
    Vintage Camera, Modern Woman

    She teases out Lubitel's best side.