Let Owen Perry “take you by the hand” and show you how mesmerizing this world and it’s nature can be. The Canadian visual artist takes breathtaking shots through his travels around the world. Looking at his photographs it makes you wonder – do his eyes have super powers for capturing so much greatness in only one shot?
Did you travel much during childhood?
Not internationally, no. My grandparents use to have a cottage in Northern Ontario that we would go to in the summers. We’d sometimes spend up to a week fishing, swimming and exploring the woods. Looking back I realize those days were fundamental in the development of my appreciation for nature.
Who joins you in your “photography trips” or do you travel alone?
I’ve done both. Sometimes I’ll travel with friends or meet them along the way. When nobody is around or I can’t find someone, I’ll go on my own. I’ve found that you’ll end up not doing much of anything if you’re insecure about travelling alone.
What are your must haves that you always put in your backpack before a new trip?
Depends on the length and type of trip. If I’m heading into the mountains for a weekend, I try to think strategically about what I’m going to be capturing. For instance, if I know I’m going to be around waterfalls or shooting the stars, I’ll need to bring a tripod and a wide angle lens. If, on the other hand, I’m on going to be hiking a long distance and shooting a bunch of different terrain, I may only bring a single camera and a 35mm lens. Setting constraints on the gear you bring can be a good thing; it can force you to be creative with what you have. Less gear also means less weight, and that allows you enjoy the overall experience. Unless you’re getting paid for the work, it can’t always be about the photos. You should look to enjoy the moments as they are at that moment, and not on a computer screen a few days in the future.
Which was one the most challenging locations to shoot and why?
Cold weather and shooting in alpine environments is difficult. My hands tend to get numb really quickly.
Many of your shoots are taken from the plane, have you ever thought of becoming a pilot or getting a flying license?
Yes, but it’s not exactly inexpensive. I’ve been lucky to know a friend who has given me the opportunity to fly with him a number of times. For the time being I’ll continue to allow him to fly while I shoot.
Your favourite season to shoot?
I actually enjoy shooting all the seasons. I’m not sure I could live in a place where there weren’t visual changes from season to season throughout the year.
Where do you feel that you belong more – wilderness or city?
Wilderness. I love the music, food and culture of a big city, but it’s a hectic existence.
Do you combine analog with digital?
I don’t currently shoot film. I did when I was younger, but these days it’s only digital. I have been looking at purchasing a film camera, so perhaps in the not too distance future.
Your biggest fear?
I suppose it’s getting older and regretting things I didn’t do when I could have done them now.
Your favourite part of the day?
The magic hour.
Besides your photos, do you keep a travelling journal?
I write a lot of notes, but it’s not really a journal per say. It’s typically just a bunch of disparate thoughts or to-do lists. Sometimes it’s a quote or an idea that I’ve come across.
Name a favourite movie, book and album that you will never forget.
“The Wisdom of Insecurty” by Alan Watts
“Music Has The Right To Children” by Boards of Canada