The highs and lows of photography

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LUCINDA Grange, 22, has always had a sense of adventure and a taste for exploring strange places.

Her new photography exhibition Outside the Lines shows just that and features pictures that show another side to cities like New York, Paris and Antwerp.

The collection, on display at Hartlepool Art Gallery until November, explores some of the more unusual places to take pictures, including the top of buildings and the sewer system.

The former Cleveland College of Art and Design student said: “I have always been fascinated by adventure and exploring – and the dangers of climbing heights and being in closed spaces.

“When I was young and spending my free time in a quarry, there was never a time I came home clean. I was always dirty.”

Lucinda’s passion for taking pictures has taken her all over the world to get the shot she desires.

One of her most memorable trips include the dizzy heights of Manhattan Bridge in New York.

“One of the moments in my life I will never forget was when I climbed the Manhattan Bridge in New York,” Lucinda said. “It took me three and a half hours to get to the top, but it was so worth it. The views were incredible, breathtaking. I hope people like the picture as much as I do. It is amazing.”

Other places she has been include a series of 1,000 year old ditches and canals, which also served as an open sewer system in years gone by, now under the streets and houses of Antwerp in Belgium.

Lucinda, who lives in Hartlepool, said: “Sewers are incredible. The structure is so impressive. Seeing what is not normally seen is amazing and it’s such a big part of our lives.

“When I’m underground, all I can see is what I illuminate.

“I have total control over the light conditions to take the picture I want, in order to take the most interesting image.”

Lucinda and her family became involved in photography when Lucinda’s grandfather left them a camera to use after his death.

She has already proved her talent by gaining a first class degree in photography for her collection called People in Places which included pictures taken in the catacombs in Paris, and winning a competition with her family.

She also won ‘My Place’ photographer of the year accolade in 2009, which she describes as “just brilliant”.

The graduate speaks very highly of her former college, and says it is the tutors who helped discover the direction she wanted to take in life.

“I think it is the best institute in the country,” she said.

The future is looking busy for Lucinda, who will soon be flying out to Mali, in Western Africa, to do three months of volunteer work to use her gift to help others.

She said: “I will be working with young children and improving their abilities through art.

“It will be a great chance for me to work with different cultures and it is good to push myself further too.

“I have no idea who I may meet or some of the images I may collect, but I am really looking forward to it.

“I am sure there will be highs and lows – again – but one thing is for sure, it will be an adventure.”

Her work has also come to the attention of Hartlepool Borough Council, which has asked her to create a collection of images of the town’s young athletes.

This is part of the Inspire project for the up and coming 2012 London Olympics.

Hartlepool Art Gallery, at Christchurch in Church Square, Hartlepool, is open from 10am to 5pm, from Tuesday to Saturday.