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. My Redbubble collections are a little eclectic. They range from patiently recorded landscapes to fleeting moments on the street.

Here are some of my collections in Redbubble:

Animal life
Humour
Industrial images
Landscapes
Music & musicians
Night photography
Portraits and faces
Street photography
Paris

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 check my email daily.

You can find my more extensive collections at:

www.pbase.com/alexhowen

If you see something on my Pbase galleries that you like and would like to purchase, please leave me a message here on RedBubble. Unless there is a legal or technical reason why I cannot sell you a copy, then I will arrange to upload the image to RedBubble for you.

My username on Twitter is @electronicalex should you feel like following my musings.

Many of these images are available in electronic format for web or print publications. Please email me if you wish to purchase a license to use any of my images.

ALL IMAGES IN MY GALLERY ARE THE SUBJECT OF COPYRIGHT HELD BY ME. I ASSERT ALL MORAL RIGHTS IN RELATION TO THESE IMAGES.

  • Joined: March 2009

Journal

Redbubble feature

I discovered a few days ago one of my images (see below) was featured on the Redbubble home page. / Thanks to the curator who chose to feature my work. / It was particularly satisfying to have this image chose as scene of Paris represents my teenage exploration of photography and my decision to put this work out to the world.
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One small step for sanity

This news item published by pdn (Photo District News) in the United States is a small victory against the relentless march of authoritarian interference with the freedom to photograph public buildings. / It took the New York Civil Liberties Foundation taking on the US Government in court to lead to a mediated settlement as a result of which the photographer will receive modest compensation. More…
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Rediscovering me

In July this year I wrote a journal about revisiting my old photographic friends, images I had not looked at for awhile. If you missed it you will find this journal here / Rediscovering those images taken a few years earlier in some cases, allowed me to see them anew and see their potential. After processing, some of them became some of my most interesting images. / Now I have gone back even fu…
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More intrusion into the freedom to photograph

Geoffrey Strong, a senior writer with the The Age newspaper in Melbourne, Australia has written a thoughtful article about the intrusive and authoritarian restrictions on photography in Australia. See his article Photography bans leave ordinary life out of the picture / Also worth reading are the comments made by readers of The Age in reply to the article. / Mr Strong’s most interesting po…
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