It’s been a busy few weeks of new people joining us at BOSS HQ. This week we caught up with Oliver Perry. Born and raised in a small village outside Preston, Oliver is on his very own creative journey to becoming the next big thing in photography and image-making, and we are delighted to have him on board.
Hi Oliver, tell us how you got into photography?
After completing a BTEC diploma in Art and Design at Cardinal Newman College, I packed up my bags and moved to Manchester to study a BA Honours in Fashion Art Direction. That’s when I started to learn more about the beauty of photography.
At first, I was just shooting my friends and having fun with it (but also trying to meet deadlines haha). It wasn’t until I started to reach out and be approached by agencies when I progressed. I love how you can tell a story with models and photography. You can capture a different side and character to someone in a shoot as opposed to real life, as well as showing off their beauty in a very different way.
I chose Manchester as a place to study because for me it feels like home. I’ve always been familiar with the city and spent a lot of time here growing up, so I kind of knew my way around, and there are also some brilliant locations around Manchester to shoot in too. I’m big on shooting outdoors in the natural sunlight. My personal fave spots are the city parks – sometimes not even to shoot just to sit and observe potential models.
What do you like most about working at BOSS?
I love the creative freedom I have and the opportunity to work with some amazingly talented models and new faces. I love that every shoot is different and this allows me to change the art direction to each model’s specific look and aesthetics. I can’t wait to carry on developing and learning as I go. See below some of my recent work with our BOSS boys, Wayne, Dimeji, Alex and Harry.
What are you currently working on?
During my time so far at BOSS I’ve been working with the Men’s Team to produce test shoots for new faces. I’m also creating mood boards and researching locations to produce exciting new content for our models.
How do you spend your downtime?
Chilling with my dog, Molly. She’s an American Cocker Spaniel and she’s a great model for when I’m practicing haha. I also enjoy cooking and finding new vegan recipes such as ‘What I eat in a day’ vlog series on YouTube.
Describe yourself in 3 words
Creative, witty and chilled, I’m a ‘go with the flow’ kinda person!
Who inspires you?
I love Alasdair McLellan, he’s an amazing photographer and I love his style. I love how he doesn’t use a clean-cut shot of people and how he can take the everyday person and make an amazing editorial on them.
I would also choose my parents because they are young at heart and are great role models. They’ve just got back from celebrating their 25th anniversary road tripping around California. They have a busier social life than me!
How would you describe your photography style?
Soft, masculine, natural and stripped back.
Which four individuals, living or dead would you like to eat dinner with?
Alasdair McLellan because of his photography, Alexander McQueen to understand what’s going on in his brain, Paris Hilton, to see what she’s really like and Princess Nokia, just because she is awesome!
What’s on the Bucket List?
I would LOVE to go to Bali and Asia. My favourite place so far is Rome, I’ve also just booked to go to Milan which I’m so excited about.
Thanks Oliver – We’re looking forward to having you onboard. We can’t wait to see more of your work. A valued member to have on the BOSS team!