Alfie Bowen, ‘Prince of Darkness’, Flat Space Art

A dominant male African Lion photographed posing proudly. These images can be technically challenging; I had to balance the ISO, F-Stop and shutter speed in order to create the dark background I desired. If possible I prefer to get the image correct in- camera rather than performing dramatic changes in editing suits; that is a demonstration of digital manipulation rather than of photographic skill and I much prefer the later. Of course the positioning of both the photographer and the subject add to the image, the lion was positioned in the shade rather than full-sun and thus made my work a little easier. He is a beast. He protects his pride weather it be light or dark."

Alfie Bowen first took up photography in 2014 following a life-long interest in our natural world. He was fed-up with seeing little being done about the plight facing many species across the world and so decided to use his love of photography to raise awareness. Alfie says “People tend to care more for the things they love; I hope to make people fall in love with our natural world so we can save it before it’s too late. We share planet earth with many other species and it is our responsibility to care for them and ensure that they are thriving for future generations to enjoy. Currently we are on track to be remembered as the generation that let the elephant slip into extinction — do we really want to leave this earth with that reputation forever hanging over us?” Bowen always researches the species he is aiming to photograph before setting foot in the field — he says “it is important to know the behaviour of your subject and to be aware of the images that already exist — there is no room for the mundane”. Hours are invested into every piece to ensure that they are of the highest quality. Bowen’s work has been shown by the BBC and hangs in houses in Spain, America and France. 2017 saw his first single-man exhibition; a sell-out within four hours. Not only is Bowen’s work a beautiful depiction of our natural world but it is also a solid investment — the value of his work continues to rise.

About Alfie Bowen

English, b. 1998, based in London, UK