Chris Bower

My photographic journey started in the early 1970’s. Initially, my interests were limited to natural landscape surroundings using color slide film and Street Photography in Dallas, Texas using B & W film that I learned to develop and also print in B & W. My images came from backpacking trips to western Texas, National Parks in New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona and the John Muir Trail in the California Sierras.

I didn’t take my photography seriously until I retired at the end of 2008. From an African Safari in East Africa trip, a couple of my images inspired me to take photography more seriously. Two of my images were published in the Smithsonian’s 2010 magazines issue of the Windland Rice International Nature Competition.

Meanwhile I initiated a web page and my image of Baboon Eyes was selected for a book cover by a Cape Town, South African Book Publishing Company.

Since then, I’ve traveled to East Africa three more times and to Southern Africa in the Spring of 2017. My image, “House of Sand and Light” received 1st Prize in the 2020 NHAA Omer T. Lassonde Art Competition was taken from this trip.

In the Winter of 2017 I participated in a photography workshop in Iceland, and in August of 2021, I returned to Iceland for another wonderful photography journey.

I have edited my wildlife images to put emphasis on the animals more as portraits. Later I began experimenting with Photoshop attempting to create more artistic images. And recently, I’ve been using Layers in Photoshop to combine several images in what I hope is resulting in more creative images.

And so, my journey continues . . .