Photographer Lucy Heber-Percy

PUBLISHED: 15:53 19 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:48 28 February 2013

Lucy Heber-Percy in the grounds of her family’s Shropshire home which have inspired her photography

Lucy Heber-Percy in the grounds of her family’s Shropshire home which have inspired her photography

Howard Franklin meets Lucy Heber-Percy whose love of the Shropshire countryside has influenced her flowering career as a photographer

Blossoming talent

Howard Franklin meets Lucy Heber-Percy whose love of the Shropshire countryside has influenced her flowering career as a photographer

Lucy Heber-Percys childhood playground was the 60 acre garden at her family home, Hodnet Hall near Market Drayton. She watched the seasons change and the beauty of the Shropshire scenery. Now she has embarked on a career as a photographer, particularly of gardens, and has her first solo exhibition, at Weston Park.

Lucys parents are Algernon Heber-Percy, Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, and his wife Jane and she divides her time between Chelsea and Hodnet Hall where she was brought up with sisters Emily and Sophie and brother Tom.

After attending the village school Lucy boarded at St Marys, Wantage, where she developed a love of Art and Textile Design. After Marlborough Secretarial College she worked in London at The Mall Galleries and at Sothebys, which included 10 years in the Country House Sales department.

Photography had always been a hobby, then, about 10 years ago, older sister Emily loaned her a camera while they were staying at Badanloch, the family home in Sutherland, Scotland. Lucy was inspired by the wild beauty of the scenery and on returning to London enrolled on an evening course in photography, resigned from Sothebys and studied on a full-time diploma course at The Cavendish College. Then followed 18 months hands-on experience with Prudence Cuming Associates, probably Londons best regarded fine art photographers.

Lucy, whose engagement to Rupert Kenyon, of Goostrey, Cheshire, has just been announced said: I love to be in Shropshire and the garden here at Hodnet is an inspiration for my photography. My father has often explained to me how trees and plants have a life-span and this means a constant programme of replanting, introducing new varieties to the garden, for future generations to enjoy.

The Heber-Percy family which can trace its origins back to the year 1200 is rooted in the Church, the Army and service to the county of Shropshire but there is also a strong tradition of horticulture and art. Lucys grandfather Brigadier Algernon G.W. Heber-Percy, an Army officer and a big game hunter in Africa, had the vision and innovative creativity to remodel and redesign the gardens at Hodnet in the 1920s. "My father, who also has a military background, is not only interested in fine art, but has embellished, restored and enhanced the gardens and has had many inspirational ideas, since he and my mother took over in the 1960s,
she said.

Her own love of nature, fishing and gardening are a major influence on her photography which focuses on the colours used in the Victorian photographic process of plants and flowers at different stages of their life.

One of her most inspired ideas is producing one-off coffee table books of individual gardens. She will visit and photograph a garden at different times of the year, capturing the seasons, then compile a luxurious record in the format of a hard-back publication.

Until June 26, her Floral Eclectic exhibition, a collection of floral scenes in vintage-style photographs can be viewed at The Mezzanine Gallery, The Granary, Weston Park. All 32 photographs have been taken in the past year, depicting flowers in assorted scenes, shot in various locations including France and Bali as well as in the UK. The photographs have been re-coloured and enhanced to produce the look of the old printing process and will be sold as a limited edition set of 25.

You can contact Lucy Heber-Percy for photographic commissions:
Tel: 07920 771673, email:
lucy@lhpphotography.co.uk

The gardens at Hodnet Hall will be open on June 6, 13, 27; July 11 and 25; August 1, 15, 29, 30 and September 12 and 26.

1 comment

  • It is good to see Lucy loves nature unlike her father who shoots animals for fun.

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    Barbara49

    Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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