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Dream Machine - 15.4.18

Today my friend and I went to the Dream Machine art installation in Brooklyn, New York. The Dream Machine is a series of 10 rooms, and each of them has its own wild and fun theme - all great for photos! Our favourite rooms were the smoke bubbles room, ballpit pool room, laundromat room, and the light hallway. The installation will only be open until the 31st of May, so if you're interested, hurry! Here are some of my favourite photos from today.

Lydia Richardson
Glitter Shoot - 31.3.18

Today my friend June and I had a photoshoot using a ton of glitter and a giant softbox. It was super messy, super fun, and led to some great pictures. Here are some of our favourites from today.

Lydia Richardson
Bermuda - 26.3.18

Over spring break, my family and I went home to Bermuda to visit friends and family. It was such a lovely trip, and provided many chances to take photos of the beautiful islands and my old friends. Here are some of the pictures I took!

Lydia Richardson
Longwood Gardens - 18.12.17

Each year around the holidays, I head to Longwood Gardens to take photos and explore. The gardens and greenhouse are always spectacularly decorated for the holiday season. Early this morning, I drove down to take pictures before the crowds showed up. Here are a few pictures I took in the greenhouse, my personal favourite part of the gardens.

Lydia Richardson
Beavertail Sunset - 12.12.17

Over break from school, I headed out to take pictures of the sunset at Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown, Rhode Island. While taking these photos, I tried to experiment with a few things. Recently I have been trying to take more vertical pictures versus my typical horizontal images. Every time I get the opportunity, I incorporate reflections into my photos to add another sense of depth. While editing these pictures, I mainly focused on the tones and tints in the images.

Lydia Richardson
Lakota Wolf Preserve - 13.11.17

This weekend, a small group of students from my school headed over to Lakota Wolf Preserve to see and take pictures of the wolves, bobcats, and foxes. It's a bit of an uphill walk from the parking lot to get to the preserve, but the experience is so worth it. Seeing animals with such an aggressive stigma in such an up-close and intimate setting is fascinating. Contrary to folklore, wolves are not naturally aggressive towards humans. In fact, just like house pets, the wolves were beyond excited to receive treats and pats from the preserve owners. Taking pictures was challenging due to the fences in between us and the animals, but they proved to be worth the extra effort. The preserve not only does good by rescuing these animals and providing them with the most natural life they can while in captivity, but also by allowing others to see and experience these animals in a setting so special.

Lydia Richardson
Eastern State Penitentiary - 10.11.17

Yesterday, my school's AP photography classes took a trip to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Eastern State is an abandoned prison that makes for some rather edgy and eerie pictures. We first went on a quick tour and then spent a few hours exploring and taking photos. Both from the prison bars and the dilapidated nature of the building, sunlight was always flowing in through cracks and crevices that provided for some really cool portrait lighting. Shooting in low exposure allowed for a more contrasted photo that incorporated the dark, creepy aesthetic of the prison. Because Eastern State is so different from any place I've ever taken pictures, it was really fun to experiment with lighting, angles, and filling the frame.

Lydia Richardson
Portraits - 1.10.17

This past week, my friends and I have been walking around campus practicing portraiture. Backlighting is one of my biggest tricks for shooting portraits. Backlight lights up the hair and features of the subject while also enhancing the bokeh and colours in the background, adding many layers of visual interest. 

Lydia Richardson
Narragansett Bay - 3.8.7

The Narragansett Bay is home to many sailors and boaters alike. Each day and night, ships big and small pass through the estuary on their way to the many islands around and throughout. Last night, my friend and fellow photographer Stuart (http://www.wemplephoto.com) and I set out in search of photo opportunities as the sun set. Pictured are a schooner out for a sunset cruise, a two 12-metres sailing swiftly upwind, a lone nacra with a bold red spinnaker, a moth gliding over the water on its foils, three 12-metres in a perfect line with the early moon, a vivid sail reflection in front of the Newport Bridge, and two 12-metres seconds before crossing tacks.

Lydia Richardson
Montana - 18.6.17

8 of us, made up of family and friends, spent the last week in Whitefish, Montana. The week was packed full with laughs, adventures, bonfires, long drives, and good times. We started off the week by going white water rafting with Montana Raft Company down through the rapids of Flathead River. Throughout the week we drove around the entirety of Glacier National Park, taking in the view of the mountains and lakes. We went on a hike to Avalanche Lake, and after 2 miles of up and down treks, finally arrived at the stunning waterfalls that run down the mountainside. On rainy days we went bowling and explored the town of Whitefish. For breakfast on Friday, we made a trip to Amazing Crepes for yummy crepes that were nothing short of amazing. After a long week of endeavours and staying up much past the 9:30 sunset, we set off for home on Saturday morning.

Lydia Richardson