We had the good fortune of connecting with Perri Fields and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Perri, what inspires you?
I’d say most of my photography, in some aspect, has been influenced by music. Ever since I was just a kid, music has played a big role in my life. I started associating certain albums or songs with a specific season of my life from an early age and being able to go back and listen to those albums and still remember how I felt is special to me. Around 10 years ago I was moving around the country a lot and there was a day when I sat in parking lot and it began to pour rain as I was listening to a song and I let myself be still in that moment. I had a very clear image in my head and I somehow needed it to be a concrete thing I could hold onto. I quickly began to take photography seriously and I wanted to experiment and express how certain songs made me feel by portraying it in a photo. I’m constantly writing down photoshoot ideas in my notebook when I’m on the go. In 2017 I began trying to photograph live shows since I spend a lot of time going to concerts. I thought it would be fun to photograph the artists that inspire my other work so much. Photographing live music gives me a high like no other. Being around so many people who are all there to experience the magic together is unbeatable. That feeling continues to inspire me no matter how many live shows I’ve been to. Concert photography is by far my favorite type of photography.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My photography is something I hold very dear to my heart. Some of my most exciting work has taken place in the past eight months. I recently was able to photograph one of my favorite bands Twenty One Pilots. I’ve been wanting to check that off my list for years. It’s not always been easy trying to photograph live shows. I get more no’s than I do yes’s but that one yes makes all of the hard work worth it. Now that I’ve marked photographing so many of my favorite artists off my list, I am setting new goals for myself such as trying to go on tour, work in the studio with more artists, etc.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Dragon King’s Daughter is my go to dinner spot. I’ve never had anything from there I didn’t like. For drinks I would have to say The Pearl in Germantown. I have so many good memories that took place there and I think everyone should check it out. I love thrifting so if I have a friend in town I always try to hit up Hey Tiger, Acorn, and Fleur De Flea. I also love coffee so if you are in the area Full Stop is a must.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d have to start out by thanking my parents. They’ve always been there to support me in doing what I’m passionate about and I’m forever thankful. I’m thankful for my friends who have constantly had my back over the years and who continue to believe in me.