We had a word with Melbourne based photographer Heather Lighton about how hard it is to capture beauty, and her dream to photograph the Royal Corgis.
Can you tell us your name and a little bit about yourselves?
"My name is Heather, I'm from Melbourne but grew up in Hobart. I love animals, clean air, pastels, water, vegetables, beauty, new places, reading, and kissing my three dogs. I hate cruelty to animals, environmental destruction, lack of manners, and when my mind turns on my."
Do you remember the exact moment when you knew you wanted to become a Photographer?
“I think it was when I was 18 and I realised the kind of artist I wanted to be was different to painting, which was all that was being offered at my school, but I didn't have a camera as I had broken it at a party. Later at uni I did a subject in photography when I was on exchange at RISD (studying illustration and design) and it overtook me - I went to NYC one weekend and saw Martin Parrs food photos at MOMA - it changed everything again! It took me many years before I got to finally start taking photos professionally though. "
What is it that you like about photography?
“I like the immediacy and the idea of 'capturing' beauty. There is so much I love about it but I'm my harshest critic and sometimes it causes me a lot of pain too."
Tell us more about your creative work?
"I like my work to feel natural, sometimes ethereal, sometimes pseudo documentary and sometimes straight up documentary. I'm inspired by both history and what's next. I tend to gravitate towards dreamy images, especially those taken in the 70's."
What was the most beautiful moment you’ve ever seen, but were unable to capture on camera?
"I remember some of the places I visited in Turkey were so beautiful. I was literally gasping as I'd never seen such beauty. There is only a very limited amount of beauty you can capture in a photo. You can never capture the feeling in your chest and the smell of oceans and the quality of the air."
If you could photograph any one person in the world who would it be and why?
"HARD. Perhaps Lana Del Rey. But to be honest, my dream job would be to photograph the Royal Corgis."
Illustration by Lucinda Houghton.