Q&As

Lucy Laucht on Her First Photos, Hat Hoarding and Fave Day in NYC

by Joy Pecknold

You can’t look at Lucy Laucht’s travel snaps and not feel flush with wanderlust. Hopping continents for a living, the British-born photographer has worked with Vogue Australia, Travel + Leisure, J.Crew and Armani (and also put together an ace Destination Guide to London for us). She gives her Leica shutter a momentary reprieve to answer our questions.

Q What’s your earliest creative memory? Do you remember the first photo you took?
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Growing up, my dad was a photographer. One summer, before our annual camping trip to France, he gave us these little instant-film cameras. I carried my mine around for a long time after the film was spent, framing scenes that caught my eye and practicing.

Q How and why did you get into photography?
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I studied photography at college but was ultimately discouraged by my tutor, who told me I had no eye for a good photograph and that photography would be a useless pursuit for me. That really stuck and, sadly, I didn’t pick up a camera again until 2010, when my brother passed away. I inherited his Nikon DSLR. He took such amazing photographs—and with his camera it was as if I could see the world through his eyes.

Q Of all the destinations you’ve photographed, which is your favourite?
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Italian beaches! The colors, the people and the Italian way-of-life by the seaside. The Italian approach to being in spiaggia is an art form. I could literally sit and watch all day.

Lucy Laucht
Q When you visit a new place, what’s the first thing you do?
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Unpack, always. It’s my way of feeling at home.

Q What lead you to launch your own hat line, Tio y Tia?
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I’m a self-confessed hat hoarder and collect hats wherever I go, from Guatemalan wide-brim styles to beautiful handwoven straw from Oaxaca. Tio y Tia is founded by a collective of creative women, Nicole Najafi, Johanna Peet and myself. It came to life after Nicole spent a month in the Mojave Desert. She found this gorgeous stiff wool hat while thrifting and wore it to pieces. With Tio y Tia, we wanted to recreate the magic. We came together to create a line of beautiful and thoughtfully produced hats.

Q You lived in New York for many years and then relocated to Melbourne. Tell us some of favourite places in those cities.
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Dream day in New York goes something like this: walk across the Williamsburg Bridge to Manhattan, breakfast at Russ and Daughters, a visit to the Whitney or Guggenheim (if the Guggenheim, a cocktail at Bemelmans Bar is a must), shopping in Soho at Apiece Apart, happy hour oysters back in Brooklyn at Maison Premier and finish up with a late night movie at Nighthawk Cinema.

In Melbourne, it’s all about coffee. Market Lane is my favorite.

Q In 2015, you and your husband road tripped across the US in an old VW van. What would you say makes a good road trip?
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An unreliable van! We broke down a fair bit but in hindsight, those were the hilarious moments that led us to stay in places we would have otherwise missed. We were stranded for a week in Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies at it was so beautiful.

Q What tips do you have for those looking to make their own vacation pics more artistic?
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Ask yourself, what’s the story you want to tell? Think beyond capturing just one image. Learn your editing style, because it can bring a picture to life. I favor the VSCO app and I like to up the grain for a film emulation.

Lucy Laucht
Q Are there other photographers or artists that inspire you?
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I am always inspired by the work of Slim Aarons and Arthur Elgort, and contemporary photographers like Steve McCurry, Brydie Mack and Lachlan Bailey.

 

Q What do you splurge on when you’re travelling?
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Cosmetics. I’m a sucker for a foreign pharmacy!

Q Other than a camera, you never travel without…
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Homemade chai and Clipper teabags (I’m a Brit after all!).

Q Where do you dream of going next?
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Horseback riding safari in the Okavango Delta. Dream adventure.

Feature image by James Widegren