We caught up with emerging photographer and regular Bricks contributor Amy Lidgett to discuss female role models, motivations and being a creative in Manchester.
What's your aim/motivation as a photographer?
My aim is to produce photographs where the reader falls in love with the model or the atmosphere I am creating. I want to portray their personalities but keep the images looking effortless and laid back. My motivation comes from positive feedback from people within the industry. My family and friends give me huge amounts of motivation from believing in me.
But I do push myself as I am always wanting to improve and prove to myself that pursuing my dream was the right thing to do.
What's it like to be a photographer outside London?
I find it can be tough as a lot of people I want to collaborate with are down south so I do find I travel down to London a lot. Manchester does have its own perks, however I am planning on moving to London next year to make progress my career.
Who's your female role model?
I have so many. I’m so inspired by the women in my life. My mum is my number 1 though. She’s my best friend and my hero. What she does for a living is amazing and so inspiring so I look up to her a lot. Everyone who’s lucky enough to meet her always raves on about her. She’s a gem. I honestly can’t praise her enough. I also have a really close group of girl mates who are all so driven and strong which inspires me so much. A lot of them have moved away to Glasgow, London, Berlin & Canada, I admire their adventurous souls and jumping into the deep end to fulfill their dreams.
Did you ever want to be anything else other than a photographer?
When I was 5 I wanted to be a pony. I was obsessed with my little pony at the time.
But other than wanting to be a photographer I wanted to be an interior designer, architect and a fashion designer at one point.
Your advice for aspiring photographers:
Never stop. Even if you feel like you aren't moving forward, because you are. It just takes time. When you hit your goals it's so rewarding that all the hard work and patience is worth it.
In your opinion, what's the fashion industry's biggest challenge?
Social media. It seems like a lot of creatives and models are being chosen for certain jobs because of their Instagram followers. So there is a lot more pressure on that side of promoting yourself.
What are your dreams for the future?
To have my own photography book(s). And to curate my own gallery exhibition.
If you could choose someone to photograph for the next cover of Bricks, who would it be and why?
Mille Bobby Brown. She’s incredible. Since watching stranger things and falling in love with her, I came across her YouTube channel and interviews etc and she is a beautiful soul. I think her attitude and personality would make for an amazing cover for your next issue.