circle conversations │ ollie tomlinson

                                 Melo Sleeveless Jacket


How did you first get into photography, and what do you like the most about it?

I have always appreciated photography and have had a passion for creating beautiful imagery. After graduating from uni I moved to Berlin to pursue a role in Creative Production with arts and culture magazine, IGNANT. They gave me opportunities to photograph architecture and I have enjoyed following that path since. No day is the same.

Where do you feel most inspired?

New places. I love the visual/sensorial stimulation of arriving in a new country or entering a space with a unique and special atmosphere.  

What are the motives behind your photography?

Trying to capture beauty in an original and unexpected way.

What is your favourite shoot that you have done so far? 

Quite an early one in a stunning townhouse on Princelet Street in East London. It was a magical location and we were playing with light and distortion to photograph flowers in the space - I’d love to explore it further.

What would be your dream shoot to do? 

I’d like to make a series based on Francis Bacon’s life and paintings. I feel his work translates so well into photography. 

Is there anything you would like to achieve that you haven’t already?

Oh plenty! Where to start… 

How do you incorporate sustainability into your life?

As work begins to get busier and bigger projects come in, I am trying to balance my excitement for this with a sense of restraint. I’m trying to work in a way which is sustainable socially, environmentally and personally - it can be tricky.

How do you reconnect with yourself? And where do you feel most at peace?

Nothing beats a walk by the sea to feel more grounded and at peace, wherever you are.

To finish off,  I have a few simple questions; you can reply with a word or a couple of words…If I say ‘blue’, what comes to your mind?

Blue? The Sky 
Strength? Perseverance, following your gut
Beauty? Twilight, Shadows 
Softness? Touch
Precious? Time