Lucy Ridgard is a portrait photographer interested in capturing people (often teens and the elderly) whose identities are interwoven with their sense of fashion and style, that she frames against unexpected environments. Her juxtaposition of self-consciously constructed styles with disordered settings produces statements about worlds colliding.
For example, Lucy’s project ‘Children of the corn’ portrays ‘indie’ teenagers sprawled across the canvass of the Suffolk countryside, evoking natural beauty versus the stylised posturing of teenagers; the timelessness of the natural world against youth and ageing: images that recall Lucy’s colourful experience of growing up in 80s-90s’ Suffolk.
Her project on teenagers in Marrakech represents the global expression of teenage identity through Western fashions, from boys sporting Adidas and Converse, to James Dean-denim style, contrasted against the earthy hues and materials of northern Africa. She was awarded Winner, ‘Best Single Image’ Renaissance Photographer Prize (2015) for one of the portraits in this project, ‘From Marrakech Head North’.
Lucy is heavily influenced by documentary photography and blends it with portraiture and fashion photography. Recently, her work has become more choreographed and directed, whilst still making social commentary.
Her photographs have been featured in The Guardian, The Financial Times, Dazed Digital, i-D, Vice, GirlGaze, and magazines such as Positive, Something About, Rodeo, Used, Hunger and EyeEm. She has exhibited her work in London, New York and Switzerland. As well as winning the ‘Best Single Image’ Renaissance Photographer Prize (2015) she was shortlisted for the IPF photography prize 2017, selected as one of the Labs New Artists 2017 and exhibited at the Biel/Bienne festival of Photography 2018 and at PhotoEast photography festival 2018
Lucy works on film using a medium format camera.