Meet Tilly Heathwood… whose love of all things ocean and photography has led her to follow her dreams into a career as a marine photographer.
Tilly, who grew on the water in East Sussex has always been fascinate by the blue. Her Dad is a keen sailor, and has always encouraged Tilly to take to the water!
In 2014 Tilly started her journey into marine photography by enrolling on the Marine and Natural History Photography degree course at Falmouth University in Cornwall, UK.
“I love documenting experiences and moments with photography and film. I feel it’s the best way to get vital messages across in the current, modern world”
Tilly hopes that her eXXpedition Caribbean voyage will help her better understand the current state of our oceans and we are most excited about seeing all the footage and film she shot!
Whilst Tilly reflected on her eXXpedition experience and adjusted to life back on terra firma, we caught up with her to put her in the hot seat and find out more about the girl behind the camera….
Q: What colour is your toothbrush?
A: Lime Green
Q: If you could teleport where would you go and why?
A: I’d like to teleport somewhere up in space to look back down on the earth
Q: Who do you admire the most (dead or alive)?
A: Silvia Earle
Q: What’s your top tip for reducing plastic use – what works for you?
A: Just little things for me, things like choosing the least plastic package on something in the supermarket, reusing bottles, using a thermal mug when buying coffee out instead of using their cups. Every little helps for me!
Q: If you could put just one thing at the top of your bucket list, what would it be?
A: Diving with whales
Q: What’s the most delightful word you can think of?
A: Effervescence – Bubbles in water
Q: What’s your biggest fear?
Q: Favourite flavour ice-cream?
A: Mint Chocolate
Q: Who would be your 4 ultimate dinner party guests (dead or alive)?
A: Jacque Cousteau for his stories of underwater adventures, Jack Johnson for his musical talents, Paul Nicklen for his photography tips and stories and Gordon Buchanan, again for his adventurous stories
Q: Where would you go if you were invisible?
A: Anywhere underwater to water marine life completely undisturbed
Q: If you owned your own Yacht, what would you call her?
A: Sea Warrior
Q: What have you done that you are most proud of?
A: Learnt to scuba dive.
Q: What would your Superhero power be?
A: To be able to breath underwater!
Q: What piece of advice have you been given that was most rewarding?
A: Shape your own life, make the most of things and don’t get upset/frustrated with things that are out of your control
Q: What’s the most important thing you want to take away from your eXXpedition voyage?
A: To have been a part of the fight against plastics in the ocean, meeting new people and making connections
Q: What’s your favourite marine animal and why?
A: Cuttlefish, because of their ability to adapt their colour, pattern, shape to camouflage themselves!
Q: What’s the one thing that drives you crazy?
A: People who don’t like the outside