Chris Bower

While on a safari to celebrate my retirement as an engineer in 2008, my enthusiasm for photography was rekindled. The beauty of Africa was the catalyst for my interest in nature photography. I specialize in African landscapes and wildlife from multiple photo safaris in Tanzania and Kenya in east Africa and a recent month-long safari in several countries of South Africa. Recent trips to Italy and Iceland provided new subjects and landscapes to challenge me.

I try to capture animals in their natural environment and reflect their interaction with their offspring and other animals. Many of my animal images convey their essence as well as reflect “human” emotions. Photo editing software has also helped me to present a more artistic interpretation.

Three of my African wildlife photographs were rated “Highly Honored” in past Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition. Another photo was selected for the cover of the African Wildlife Foundation annual calendar. My photo of “Baboon Eyes” was chosen for the cover of a mystery novel recently published in Cape Town, South Africa.

When I am not in Africa, I can be found capturing local wildlife, seascapes, cityscapes, nightscapes and people of New England and abroad.

I am self-taught and have learned from studying the images of Ansel Adams, Ernst Haas, Elliot Porter, David Muench, Frans Lanting and others as well as getting a little help from my friends. I just keep shooting, editing and learning through trial and error.

Contact information: chris.bower@comcast.net (603) 557-4128 www.betherephotography.com