Who is CIRCA 1983?


CIRCA 1983 is Owen Perry, a Canadian nature photographer and storyteller.

This site is a portfolio of images reflecting some of the things I value most in life. A full moon rising through a pastel sky. Thick fog enveloping a pristine coastal rainforest. A humble moment of bewilderment under an impossibly starry sky. Photography is a way for me to articulate the feeling and love I have for moments such as these. It's also become a means to connect with a growing percentage of people living in cities who are disconnected from the wilderness.

My style borrows inspiration from the nostalgic qualities of analogue film and Canadian cultural narratives owed to the Group of Seven, National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and National Geographic. It’s heavily influenced by the music of artists like Tycho, Com Truise, Boards of Canada, Deru, Bibio, Benoit Pioulard, Christopher Willits, Loscil, Radiohead, Neil Young, and many others. 

Although firmly rooted in the digital photography world, I treat post production and editing much like an film photographer might use chemicals in a dark room. Treatment of light and colour is as important as initial capture itself, granting fuller expression over the intended story or feeling of a photograph.

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.
— Rachel Carson, Author of Silent Spring


Nikon D810

Nikon 200-500mm f5.6
Nikon 70-200mm f4
Nikon 20mm f1.8
Nikon 50mm f1.8
Zeiss ZF 15mm 2.8
Zeiss ZF 28mm f2
Zeiss ZF 35mm f2
Zeiss ZF 50mm f1.4
Zeiss ZF 80mm f1.4

Client List

Time Inc.
Rocky Mountain Bikes
Postmark Brewing
Caravan Beach Shop
Merge Artisan Collective
Pacific Sands Beach Resort

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