|Message from Alex Howen
Photography has been part of my life since I was about 8 or 9 years of age when my parents gave me a Kodak Instamatic. This plastic marvel which took flash cubes propelled me to record those around me.
By the time I was about 10 I was regularly using the family 35mm camera (a range finder design) to add to our family history.
At about 12 years of age my family moved to England for 3 years. For me it seemed unlimited photographic opportunities opened as we travelled the world, particularly Great Britain and Europe. By this time the family camera was almost exclusively in my possession. By now we had a Canon SLR which did not have fully interchangeable lenses. I took thousands of transparencies and many hours of Super 8 film. It was in this period I formed my attachment to Canon cameras.
By the time I was about 16 I had saved up and bought a Canon FTb and zoom lens. This fully mechanical camera was my mainstay and is still going strong. Throughout my last years at school in Australia I documented much of school life.
I graduated to range of great Canon film cameras produced in the 1980s and 1990s and as I moved into a period in which I worked in professional photography. I still love medium format (120) film cameras. In my opinion the Canon T90 was the best all round 35mm film camera ever produced by Canon.
Photographing weddings, portraits, events and working in public relations photography (effectively photojournalism) gave me the skills and courage to deal with ever changing environmental conditions while covering events as they unfolded before me. This is the core of what I love - documenting the curious, the beautiful and everyday life as it manifests itself wherever I happen to be.
My photography has been almost fully digital since about late 2002 however it was not until Canon released the 5D that I felt comfortable with digital as a viable replacement for film. There are times however when a small, simple camera allows me to blend into the scene unobtrusively and capture images I would miss if seen holding the "heavy artillery".
I have returned to professional photography with a renewed passion.
I am once again available for freelance assignments. If you are interested in discussing retaining me to photograph something for you, please email me on the address in my profile. I am especially interested in photographing images relevant to documenting environmental sustainability/protection, photojournalism, and other location photography.
I hope you enjoy browsing my galleries. I hope you find the images as stimulating as I did being there.
You can find a selection of images from this site at http://alexhowen.redbubble.com/ where you can buy my photographs as a card or print.