Richard Hopley

March 22, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at The Music Hall Loft

part of a series on Water

About the speaker

Bridging the Piscataqua

Water is a large part of our local culture and landscape. And our bridges, a crucial component of our connection. Come get a creative and inspired look at one of the bridges so many of us see and use on a daily basis—the newly constructed Sarah Mildred Long.

With the right timing and much luck, Richard Hopley secured a contract to do monthly aerial photographs of the construction of the new Sarah Long Bridge. Beginning in March 2016, Richard flew a total of 20 helicopter flights, where he quickly learned the thrill of aerial photography with “doors off"! By the end of July 2018, he had captured over 7000 images, documenting the beauty and complexity of the project and creating a historical visual legacy.


Richard retired after 30 years with the City of Portsmouth and now spends time pursuing his serious hobby of photography. Richard enjoys capturing several types of photographic subjects including landscapes, macros and portraits. With a professional background in civil engineering, one unique area of interest is construction photography, documenting major projects from beginning to end, thereby creating a visual record of what was and what is now.

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This event is free, but advance registration is required. Registration opens at 9am on the Monday before the event. Please sign up for our newsletter to be notified when registration is open.

The event is held at The Music Hall Loft. Doors open at 8:30. Coffee will be served 8:30-9am. Talk begins at 9am and event ends at 10am. There is abundant paid parking behind the Music Hall Loft and on surrounding side streets.

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