Alfie Bowen first took up photography in 2014 following a life-long interest in our natural world. Photography became his escape when faced with over a decade of constant bullying throughout his time in education because of his diagnosis of Autism, and Alfie credits the art form with ultimately saving his life.
Alfie was also 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 of this, and increase acceptance and understanding of autism.
Alfie comments: “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 in every piece to ensure that they are of the highest quality. Bowen’s work has been shown by BBC Earth, and exhibited across the UK and overseas; his first single-man exhibition sold-out within four hours. Alfie’s work hangs in houses across the world, and its value continues to rise.
He is proud to be an ambassador for Clinks Care Farm, Big Blue Ocean Cleanup and Young Bird Photographer Of The Year, and works closely with WWF.