Alfie Bowen, ‘Snow White’, Flat Space Art

Snow White' is one of my strongest images of 2017 thus far, I traveled all the way to Richmond Park specifically to attempt to capture this image, that is what is required of the photographer in the 21st century, there is no room for the mundane.

Work on this image began a month in advance when I sat at my desk researching Richmond Park. Several hours into my research I had come to know that a few fallow deer carrying the rare white colouring called the park home - that was when this composition was planned mentally and sketched out on paper. It became clear that to turn the desired image into reality would be extremely unlikely - I needed a white deer, which in itself is a rare sighting, against a fairly densely forested backdrop and a cloudy day; if the sun was out it would highlight the trees individually thus causing a messy background.

After several hours of walking around the park we found a single white deer against a frosted backdrop, not thickly frosted as I had first desired but it was workable. I quickly positioned myself on the floor and waited of twenty minutes until she finally moved into position. Everything came together that day, this image is the result of extensive research and patience and perhaps proof that less is more

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