We couldn't wait to catch up with Hawaii-born, Portland-based photographer Heather Amistad! Heather's work has been featured in Street Dreams Magazine and more, and there is something about her style that is SO fresh. Check it out for yourself, and learn more about Heather, in this week's Catching Up With interview! And if you take nothing else from reading this, please take this: you need to be following @h.va on Instagram. Need.
LIVES & WORKS IN Portland, Oregon
YOUR ART WEEKEND Every day is different
ALBUM Songs to Break Up To -Ta-ku
ARTIST Zaha Hadid and Jean-Michel Basquiat
FILM Melancholia (cinematography is impeccable)
BOOK The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard
EATS Korean BBQ
LATEST PURCHASE rolls of Kodak Ektar 100 and Kodak Tri-X 400 film
GUILTY PLEASURE dipping french fries in soft serve ice cream
GRADE IN ART CLASS hopefully an A
36 HOURS explore a new place
SUGARLIFT PICK Sam Morrison
1. How would you describe your aesthetic?
My style is eclectic - I wouldn't place my work in a specific category. I enjoy experimenting with different mediums.
2. What is your favorite kind of day to go out and shoot? Favorite subject?
Working with natural light is my euphoria, so either on a day that is overcast or sunny. I love playing with harsh light and shadows. However, If I'm out shooting nature landscapes - fog is ideal! My favorite subject would be a tie between architecture and nature.
3. What got you into photography in the first place? And how has your work changed since you started out?
Initially, I got into photography when I was much younger playing around with film cameras. I grew up in Hawaii (Oahu), so a lot of it were snapshots of the ocean or trekking through the tropical forests to a waterfall with friends. In college, I used photography to document my architectural drawings and models - also visiting places like art museums, cathedrals, and contemporary buildings. Now more recently I've been documenting my explorations through the Pacific Northwest - fog, forests, waterfalls, and snowy terrains. In addition, curating with local pacific northwest creatives such as fashion editorials and album art.