Oliver’s approach to his work encapsulates the freedom he loves within his job. Much of his work is inspired by his surroundings whilst out on walks or bike rides. This curiosity has taken him to Willow Springs Racecourse, California, to capture his love of cars. It has also led to seascapes from Cuckmere Haven, where he grew up.
© Oliver Perrott, Willow Springs Raceway I
How did your racing car series come about?
They were taken at Willow Springs Racecourse, California. I’ve always loved classic cars and used to race go-karts, so I was drawn to the track and pits.
How did your photographic career begin?
Initially I was heading to be a product designer. I was very practical at school and loved to work with wood. I started a product design degree but quickly realised it wasn't for me; it was too theoretical and I was more of a practical thinker. I took a year out and ended up taking an art foundation where I discovered photography could be more than just for family snaps and vacations. The next year I enrolled on the photography BA at Brighton University (I still make furniture in my spare time though…)
What advice would you give younger photographers?
Stay committed: photography careers take a lot of hard work and time. If you want it badly enough, it will happen for you, but just don’t expect it to happen overnight.
© Oliver Perrott, Cuckmere Haven I
Tell us about your seascapes.
I’ve always been drawn to the sea, it brings a sense of calm over me and is never the same one day to the next. I grew up near Cuckmere Haven and have always been fascinated by its landscape and textures. This image is part of a set taken on a walk along the Seven Sisters.
Where do you live now? What do you love about it?
Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex. I’m near the sea and the rolling hills but only just over an hour from London on the train…what could be better?
Who are your artistic heroes?
I wouldn’t say I have any heroes, but I have been inspired by many. Jem Southam, John Davies and Mark Power are a few that spring to mind. Also Chris Simpson and Paul Raeside, who I worked with for many years before I became a photographer in my own right.
How did you come across this French scene?
Whilst on holiday in the Dordogne, my girlfriend and I came across a derelict house with outbuildings that were for sale. It was set back all by itself and was slowly being reclaimed by nature- I had to get my camera to record what was in front of me.
What are your favourite things to do on a Sunday?
I love to get out on my mountain bike, it clears the mind.
What excites you?
Riding fast down a hill on my mountain bike.
What is a good life?
Not wanting too much, to be comfortable with who you are and to have your loved ones around you. I think we expect too much of ourselves these days.