What would you do differently from what you do now?
I actually wouldn’t change anything! I’ve tried other careers (including being an MP for 12 years, and Arts Minister), but I’m happiest when I have a camera in my hands.
Who inspires you and why?
All the arts professionals who made the most of lockdown, and reinvented their practice, their income stream, or developed their skills and knowledge base. They could have rolled in to a ball, but they chose not to.
What would you do to make a difference in the world?
My favourite saying is “It’s easier to wear slippers than to carpet the world”. I believe everyone is responsible for taking action to make their world/neighbourhood/community/industry better. Photographing my new book and exhibition, The Show Must Go On: What the Performing Arts were doing when they weren’t doing what we know they do has been my way of highlighting the vulnerability yet resilience of Performing Arts industry professionals. Hopefully, decision makers hear our voices.
Favourite holiday destination and why?
Let’s face it: Anywhere! I love Vienna, such a cultured and beautiful city, and I try to get there often.
When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Depending on the season, the Yarra Valley or the beach. Always an art gallery with whatever great exhibition is on, and usually a live theatre experience.
What are you currently reading?
Just started The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku.
What are you currently listening to?
My music taste is eclectic – from jazz to 70’s/80’s pop to opera, country and rock. I think I confuse Spotify – it probably assumes I’m multiple people!
Sleeping in past 7am (and a good G&T, but not at 7am!)
What does the future hold for you?
Lots more photography and creativity. This is my happy space.
The Honourable Heidi Victoria’s exhibition, The Show Must Go On: What the Performing Arts were doing when they weren’t doing what we know they do, continues to 30 May 2021 at the Sofitel on Collins – 35th Floor, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne. Heidi Victoria’s photographic prints are available for sale through reception.
The Honourable Heidi Victoria’s publication, The Show Must Go On: What the Performing Arts were doing when they weren’t doing what we know they do is available directly from www.heidivictoria.com.au
Image: The Honourable Heidi Victoria, Photo: Family portrait (detail)