The Porsche brand connects people of different origins from all over the world. Everyone has their own Porsche story to tell. We from the Elferspot editorial team are particularly interested in these stories. In our Porsche People section, we do not just want to talk about the vehicle, we especially care about the people behind the wheel. Social media make it possible to find and connect with many of these exciting personalities. In this issue we spoke with the French photographer Vince Perraud (36). Vince is an extremely talented photographer and a very multi-faceted personality with a strong affinity to the Porsche brand. But read for yourself what he has to tell and admire a small Porsche “Best of” of his photographs.
Hi Vince, glad you take your time for this conversation. I’ve been following you and your Instagram account for a long time and I have to say in advance, I love your work and your pictures. You are a very successful photographer and you work for very competitive companies worldwide. What else is there to tell about you? Who are you? Where are you from?
Cheers and thank you for the good question! I’m not sure, if I really am successful. My first priority is having fun and spending time with my friends. My origin lies in the french Burgundy. It may be the middle of nowhere, but you can get fabulous wine here!
I’ve been shooting extreme sports, for example BMX riding for a while and decided to stop visiting the school after I dedicated myself to go on a trip. Even though I was studying design, I just couldn’t see myself, working in an office. Over the past eight years, times have changed a lot and our dear internet killed off some magazines. So I had to evolve to different things and started shooting more lifestyle oriented stuff today.
Over the past eight years, times have changed a lot and our dear internet killed off some magazines. So I had to evolve to different things and started shooting more lifestyle oriented stuff today. Vince Perraud
What is your relationship with the Porsche brand? We clearly recognize your affinity to the brand.
That’s not very complicated – I just like their cars! But I would love to work for the brand one day and already worked a bit with Porsche France by the way.
When you see a Porsche, rolling down the streets, you will turn your head, especially if it’s a classic Porsche. Vince Perraud
What do you like about a Porsche?
Another easy one – they are so beautiful! When you see a Porsche, rolling down the streets, you will turn your head, especially if it’s a classic Porsche. But the most fun is driving them, obviously. Luckily, I have a ton of friends, who let me drive them, so I can’t complain (laughs). I also love the sound and the smell. Apart from the quite steep prices, I really love everything about them.
Which was your first Porsche and how did it happen?
My first Porsche was a good old 944 Turbo, which I still own. It is my daily driver and the single reason why I got it, is that I couldn’t afford a Porsche 911. I call her Fuego in dedicace to the old Renault but I own a really bad 912 as well, which I am currently working on.
If you could choose a Porsche and not have to pay attention to the money, which would it be?
It seems like I am well prepared for this, as I can answer that question with ease as well! It would be a ‘68 Porsche 911 R. To me, it is the perfect combination with its short wheelbase, the narrow body and the primeval engine.
What kind of photography do you love the most?
I dont’t have a particular kind of favourite. I like a good mix of various things, which is labelled lifestyle nowadays. My love for photography ranges from fashion, to adventures, cars and postcard sunsets.
What has been your most exciting shoot so far?
All shootings are super exciting for their own reasons. The BMX shootings in the early days were pretty crazy, as most of it was illegal, like jumping over fences or doing tricks on rooftops. Shooting cars is always awesome, especially when you can drive them on twisty roads. I’ve recently had a shooting with famous football players. It’s very different from taking pictures of cars or BMXs, but in the end, it’s superb fun and as every day is different, I never get bored.
Which camera equipment do you own? Which is your favorite brand?
As you can imagine, I’ve got a whole bunch of stuff, like Hasselblad 6×6, Bronica, Yashica, Pentax 67, Minolta, Polaroid, Canon and so on. Recently I’ve been hooked up by Fuji Film.
How many days per year are you traveling?
Oh, I have to say, that I have no idea actually. My life has been a mess over the past few months, as I moved six times within the past five months. I now live in Biarritz in the south of France and I feel like being on holiday, everyday.
How do you see the development of the Porsche Community in recent years?
That’s a tricky one. My global vision is pretty narrow and I feel extremely lucky, that I’ve met so many really nice people over the years, like Olivier Saint Jours, Ken from Marine Machine, the L.A. gang with Michael Ardelean and the Ernst crew, Magnus Walker or Pat from Luft… I think, more and more people get into Porsches in a lot of different ways.
On the other hand, some people like to collect their cars and store them in garages, which is not my cup of tea. I prefer characterful, driven cars.
My favourite way to enjoy a Porsche is getting up early, meet up with the guys at a petrol station and go for a drive in the L.A. canyons. Others prefer meeting in a parking lot or at special events like Luftgekuhlt, which I love in the highest degree as well. The event itself is great and it emits a perfect lifestyle. On the other hand, some people like to collect their cars and store them in garages, which is not my cup of tea. I prefer characterful, driven cars.
Thank you Vince!
All pictures by © Vince Perraud www.vincentperraud.com
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