I like to explore the world at night. Night lighting with its mix of sources and colors, makes the commonplace magical. There is often a peace and serenity in the dark: An opportunity to see and experience things differently.
I add lighting to my images. Sometimes I add flourishes of light or draw in elements. Sometimes the subjects are so dark that I need to light them, for the camera to capture them. Sometimes the light itself becomes the subject.
Light painting has a performance element to it; in that respect it is like dance. Gesture and awareness of body in space are important. My movements and my lighting bring different elements to life, painting the picture.
Lisa Ryan is a night photographer and light painter. The influence of her fine arts education can be seen in her use of light to draw and paint. Working with various light tools she incorporates gesture and movement. In addition to lighting landscape at night, she creates scenes, including clothing the figure and creating night gardens from light.
Ryan’s photographs have been exhibited in shows presented by the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA, the Center for Photographic Art, Carmel CA and in many juried exhibits throughout the US.
She has curated group exhibits of night photography at the Front Street Gallery, Scituate MA and at the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury MA.
Her images have been featured in print and digital publications including NASA’s APOD, “RechargeTheArts”, a juried group exhibition on Instagram, Fraction Magazine, and The Literate Image.
Ryan has been co-organizer of the Greater Boston Night Photographers Meetup since 2014.
Featured Group Exhibits
Digits-A Parallel Universe Griffin Museum of Photography
@ Lafayette City Center, Boston, MA 2021
Front Street Gallery, Scituate, MA 2018
Night Becomes Us
Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA 2016
Front Street Gallery, Scituate, MA 2015
Juried Group Exhibits
Winter 2023 Show
The Curated Fridge
Griffin Museum of Photography
@ Lafayette City Center, Boston, MA 2022
Once Upon a Time
Griffin Museum of Photography @ Lafayette City Center, Boston, MA 2021
The Beauty in Madness
Minneapolis, MN 2021
Juror: Lance Keimig 2020
2019 International Juried Exhibition
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
Juror: Paula Tognarelli
The Fine Art of Photography Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, MA
2015 to present
Empire State Photo Exhibit
Empire State Building
New York, NY 2017
Providence Center for Photographic Arts,
Providence, RI 2017
Darkroom Gallery, Essex, VT Juror: Lance Keimig 2016
Darkroom Gallery, Essex, VT Juror: Lance Keimig 2015
Lynn, MA 2013