Ahead of Oliver Wright’s talk at Talk&Social’s new home of the White Cloth Gallery on September 1st, regular, Emma Brown asks him some questions to give you a taste of his interests (back in May… the website editor’s been a little tardy!)…
Hi Olli, thanks for taking the time to talk to me – I’ll start with an easy one… what first got you into photography?
I first got into photography through my travel and climbing adventures. Whenever I went away I had a compact with me. In 2007 I went to South America for three months spending time in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and the Galapagos. While I was there I took a lot of photographs of the landscapes and the wildlife. As soon as I got back I bought my first SLR and for a number of years bumbled about with it. Then, in 2009, I bust my ankle and this put me in a situation where I couldn’t climb. That void of time that was created got filled with me learning how to use my camera properly!
What types of subjects do you shoot?
I will shoot anything! That said, I do spend a lot of time photographing wildlife and landscape, but I’m also happy to spend a few hours inside a cathedral or shooting runners in a race, anything really.
What is your ‘fave’ subject to photograph?
For me this all depends on the time of the year. At this moment in time it’s macro. There are loads of fantastic macro subjects about (May is such a good time for this) from jumping spiders to damselflies.
What are the biggest challenges that face you as a photographer?
Time, or lack of it. Life is busy with a full time job and a full time obsession! Weather conditions are always a challenge. In terms of landscape getting the right light is key. With macro the wind is a real challenge as with a fixed focus point lens, a minute depth of field, and a subject blowing about in the wind – you get a lot of out of focus shots.
The biggest challenge with wildlife is finding it, and being prepared for when you do!
What’s your favourite bit of kit?
I’m a bit of a kit junkie, so it’s hard to pick just one!
If it has to be one, it has to the Canon MP-E 65mm just because it’s so unique and delivers results like nothing else. It’s a really challenging lens because of the fixed focus point and I know a number of people who have tried it and didn’t get on with it. But once you have got to grips with it the results are amazing!
What’s your top tip for any aspiring photographer?
Find some friendly photographers who are further along the learning curve than you, they will teach you so much!