Lincolnshire based aviation artist and photographer Lisa Harding trained at the London College of Printing back in the 90’s and since then has completed a number of commissions for a wide range of clients.
Lisa’s interest in aviation stems from her own family history. Her Great Grandfather Stephen Alfred Humprhies was an Aircraftman Second Class in the RAF and was based at RAF Bourn in Cambridgeshire during the time when 97 Squadron (Pathfinders) were based there. They were the second squadron to take delivery of the new AVRO Lancaster which explains why she have had a lifelong fascination with this particular aircraft. Lisa can often be found, in the summer months, at an airshow with a very long lens pointing toward the sky as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flies overhead with their Lancaster PA474 ‘Leader’. Lisa’s work aims to honour the men like her Great Grandfather and all those men and women of Bomber Command who fought for our freedom in the second world war.
Lisa’s work recreates moments in time such as the moment aircrew return an operation or shows the airmen and ground crew going about their duties. These pieces give you a unique piece of art celebrating your family history and are highly emotive as an act of remembrance.
In 2014, during the historic ‘Two Lancasters’ summer, Lisa sold copies of her artwork to raise money for the Lancaster of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, VeRA when she had engine problems and for Just Jane, the Lancaster of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre. The LAHC are working hard to get Just Jane into airworthy condition and through the sales of her piece of work ‘Ready To Go’, Lisa was able to donate over £2,000 to these two aviation centres.
The home of Lincolnshire based photographer Lisa Harding.
This site started out as a place to share my aviation drawings and photography. Over time, people started to request prints of my work so after a lot of investment in kit and this website, Props and Portraits was launched to enable you to buy prints of the moments I either capture through the lens or draw late at night. I have a real passion for all things aviation related and in particular the work of the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. I am lucky enough to live in Coningsby, the home of the flight and over the last year or so have captured some of their key moments, in particular their 60th anniversary celebration and formation ‘Thompson’. I have also had my work featured in a number of publications such as Pilot Magazine, Flypast, the BBMF members emails and journals, The Daily Mail, The Times and on numerous online streams. I do what I do out of passion and admiration for the Flight and the work that it does to remember the brave men and woman of the RAF across the world who fought for our freedom. My photography is also my way of giving something back to the flight for the incredible work that they do. Lest We Forget.
If you would like to talk to me about a commission or purchasing a particular photo you may be interested in, please contact me here.