A step too far? – Hartlepool photographer slammed for scaling 350ft Forth Bridge to take incredible images

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A DAREDEVIL photographer who put her life on the line to scale a 350ft railway bridge has had her stunt slammed as “stupid and dangerous”.

This daring image from the top of Forth Bridge, in Scotland, is the work of adventurous Lucinda Grange, a Hartlepool photographer who travels the world fearlessly snapping pictures from the peak of some of the world’s tallest buildings.

HEAD FOR HEIGHTS: Adventure photographer Lucinda Grange poses atop the Forth Rail Bridge, after scaling the structure at night in Queensferry, Scotland
HEAD FOR HEIGHTS: Adventure photographer Lucinda Grange poses atop the Forth Rail Bridge, after scaling the structure at night in Queensferry, Scotland

But the shot has now sparked controversy with Network Rail criticising Lucinda for climbing the bridge illegally.

They say anybody who is caught trespassing on the Scottish landmark will be prosecuted.

A spokesman told the Mail: “It’s trespassing, it’s dangerous and it’s just plain stupid.

“The bridge is a working structure used by more than 200 trains day and night.

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QUEENSFERRY, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY, 2013: Adventure photographer Lucinda Grange poses atop the Forth Rail Bridge, after scaling the structure at night in Queensferry, Scotland.  

Adventure photographer Lucinda Grange surveys the Manhattan skyline - perched hundreds of feet up on the EDGE of the Chrysler Building. In a picture that looks more Hollywood CGI than real life, the 25-year-old from Hartlepool, UK, sits one of the iconic eagle heads 61 floors above street level. For the past six years the daredevil snapper has travelled the world scaling famous buildings and structures and taking pictures from the top. Among her impressive list of climbs is the Great Pyramid of Giza, Firth of Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland and New York�s Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. But despite the very real risk of injury and constant threat of detection by security guards, Lucinda takes these challenges in her stride. For more information about Lucinda visit her website http://www.lucindagrange.com/ 

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***EXCLUSIVE** QUEENSFERRY, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY, 2013: Adventure photographer Lucinda Grange poses atop the Forth Rail Bridge, after scaling the structure at night in Queensferry, Scotland. Adventure photographer Lucinda Grange surveys the Manhattan skyline - perched hundreds of feet up on the EDGE of the Chrysler Building. In a picture that looks more Hollywood CGI than real life, the 25-year-old from Hartlepool, UK, sits one of the iconic eagle heads 61 floors above street level. For the past six years the daredevil snapper has travelled the world scaling famous buildings and structures and taking pictures from the top. Among her impressive list of climbs is the Great Pyramid of Giza, Firth of Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland and New York�s Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. But despite the very real risk of injury and constant threat of detection by security guards, Lucinda takes these challenges in her stride. For more information about Lucinda visit her website http://www.lucindagrange.com/ PHOTOGRAPH BY Lucinda Grange / Barcroft USA UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com

“You can’t get on the structure from ground level, the only way is to go via the railway line.

“There’s no such thing as an adventure photographer, this is just stupid.”

Lucinda, 25, is a former Cleveland College of Art and Design student who now has her own studio in Church Street, in the town.

She previously featured in the Mail along side some of her daring images including one shot from the top of an Egyptian pyramid and another after she climbed the Notre Dame, in Paris, to take a picture of the city from the roof of the famous building.

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QUEENSFERRY, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 2013: A photograph taken by adventure photographer Lucinda Grange from the top of the Firth of Forth Rail Bridge in Queensferry, Scotland.

Adventure photographer Lucinda Grange surveys the Manhattan skyline - perched hundreds of feet up on the EDGE of the Chrysler Building. In a picture that looks more Hollywood CGI than real life, the 25-year-old from Hartlepool, UK, sits one of the iconic eagle heads 61 floors above street level. For the past six years the daredevil snapper has travelled the world scaling famous buildings and structures and taking pictures from the top. Among her impressive list of climbs is the Great Pyramid of Giza, Firth of Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland and New Yorks Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. But despite the very real risk of injury and constant threat of detection by security guards, Lucinda takes these challenges in her stride. For more information about Lucinda visit her website http://www.lucindagrange.com/ 

PHOTOGRAPH BY Luc
***EXCLUSIVE** QUEENSFERRY, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 2013: A photograph taken by adventure photographer Lucinda Grange from the top of the Firth of Forth Rail Bridge in Queensferry, Scotland. Adventure photographer Lucinda Grange surveys the Manhattan skyline - perched hundreds of feet up on the EDGE of the Chrysler Building. In a picture that looks more Hollywood CGI than real life, the 25-year-old from Hartlepool, UK, sits one of the iconic eagle heads 61 floors above street level. For the past six years the daredevil snapper has travelled the world scaling famous buildings and structures and taking pictures from the top. Among her impressive list of climbs is the Great Pyramid of Giza, Firth of Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland and New Yorks Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. But despite the very real risk of injury and constant threat of detection by security guards, Lucinda takes these challenges in her stride. For more information about Lucinda visit her website http://www.lucindagrange.com/ PHOTOGRAPH BY Luc

She’s also been photographed in a ballgown on top of the Chrysler Building, in New York.

She previously told the Mail how Hollywood scriptwriters were looking at the adventures to see if they could be made into a film.

But Network Rail says anyone who is caught trespassing on the Forth Bridge and other such landmarks will face prosecution and have urged nobody else to attempt anything like Lucinda’s latest stunt.

Network Rail recently revealed plans to open the bridge to the public with lifts which would take people to the top of the 360ft towers.

The spokesman said: “We have recently finished a refurbishment and had to install lifts which were used by the engineers and we are now looking at plans to keep the lifts open and create a public viewing experience.

“But that would be done in a very controlled manner.”

Lucinda, who lives and grew up in Blackhall and attended Wellfield Community School, in Wingate, was unable to comment on Network Rail’s response to the stunt yesterday.

After scaling the heights of the pyramid in Egypt last year, Lucinda told the Mail at the time: “People ask why I do it and it’s because when you climb something like this you feel far more connected to the landscape.

“If you’re behind a cage or surrounded shoulder to shoulder with other tourists, it’s just not the same.”

 

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