Lucy Ridgard:
The Kids of Bury St Edmunds

Photographer Lucy Ridgard celebrates youth and identity through a nostalgic lens. Her projects explore fashion and style as the experimental uniforms of youth and identity – sometimes unifying her sitters as a group, sometimes setting them apart from one another. “My recent work shot in my hometown of Bury St Edmunds is definitely rooted in personal memories of growing up; hanging out with my friends, being happy and experimenting with different looks. My teenage years were carefree. It was a time I cherish but also a time for introspection.” Lucy expanded this project for our latest edition of Something About Magazine in her story We Run Free, set in a wasteland with a focus on footwear. “They are a group of friends who all have their own unique sense of style. The difference between me [as a teenager] and them is that I wasn’t so culturally aware. Each of these kids does something really interesting, like DJ or sing or draw. They aren’t idle; they bounce ideas off each other all the time.” In these extra portraits her young models, Jacob, Milo, Will, Ada, Charlie B, Charlie S, Alice, stand out as enigmatic and self-confident young adults; though with their unique clothes and hair, they make for an unlikely group of friends. Their story and connection is kept secret; no group shots, no unifying style. Like all precious friendships cemented at this age, their affection for one another is not defined by a Facebook or Insta number; it’s silent, effortless and unforgettable. These are the friendships that count.

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Alfred

 

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Jacob

 

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Milo

 

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Charlie

 

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Charlie

 

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Noah

 

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Alice

 

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Ada

 

 

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Will