Bridging the Piscataqua

Join us on World Water Day, March 22. 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.

About Richard Hopley

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.

About this Month’s Theme: WATER

It’s the main source of all life. The lifeblood element that makes up 60% of our bodies. It’s the liquid that we don’t drink enough of, yet waste effortlessly. It’s home to millions of species, mysteries, and undiscovered knowledge. We know more about the stars in the sky than the depths of our oceans. We can use it to save lives. If used foolishly, it can take lives. We think there is an abundance, yet only one percent can be touched. If we don’t protect our waters, then what will happen to life? This month’s #CMwater theme was chosen by CreativeMornings/Perth and illustrated by Sofia Varano ( We’re exploring WATER with 196 other CreativeMornings chapters around the world this month.

About CreativeMornings PKX

CreativeMornings PKX (Portsmouth Kittery and Beyond) is a local chapter of the global breakfast lecture series for the creative community founded by Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss). We meet once a month on a Friday morning 8:30 – 10 am. Every meeting will feature a local speaker on the month’s topic and is free and open to the public – breakfast snacks & drinks to be provided.

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