Alfie Bowen, ‘The Light & The Dark ’, Flat Space Art

Light is essential to good photography - it can make or break an image. Something I've learnt over the years is that while the light is essential, it can still be a photographers foe as well as a friend. Shoot at the wrong time of the day and the light will indeed work against you; mid-day light is incredibly harsh and this is mostly avoided. This image was shot one morning early last year - the light was clean and crisp, complementing the beautiful pattern of the zebra to great effect. Although I've many Zebra works, this still remains one of my favourites.

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