Join autistic young photographer Alfie Bowen for an afternoon of insight into his fine-art wildlife photography. Alfie will present an exclusive screening of his short film, followed by a wide-ranging conversation with Castle Fine Art, covering Alfie's journey with autism and photography, the making of his film with WaterBear Network, working with Nikon, and the making of his debut coffee-table book, Wild World.
The event will also feature some of Alfie's fine-art prints, and will include a Q&A session, and book signing.
Former U.S. Government officer and special educational needs expert Dr Duncan Rollo describes Alfie’s presentations as "a must see event that ushers us into the Autistic world and, indeed, the genius of this young man".
Alfie Bowen's artistic vision is shaped by a meticulous attention to detail and an unwavering determination to prove people wrong. Since receiving his first DSLR camera as a Christmas gift in 2015, Alfie has worked hard to hone his craft. Once alienated by his peers, Alfie found an affinity to animals which guided him through his darkest moments. As a child, he sought solace in wildlife magazines and documentaries, now as an adult his work has been featured by BBC Earth and is lauded by celebrities including Sir David Attenborough.
Alfie's photography is noted for the 'tenderness of his soul and the sharpness of his mind', with Intelligent Magazine stating that 'as Alfie bares his soul through his lenses, in return they [the animals] bare theirs'. Visiting zoos across the UK, Alfie waits for hours - sometimes days - to capture the perfect shot, and believes that photographing in black and white allows him to focus on the personality of his chosen animal.
Featured by titles including the Metro and Evening Standard, Alfie's inspiring story has also seen him work alongside charities to raise awareness for wildlife and autism.
Alfie says: "After many years of social exclusion as a result of my autism, I have finally found my calling. I am a dreamer, and I am living my dream."
He is proud to be an ambassador for Clinks Care Farm, Big Blue Ocean Cleanup, Young Bird Photographer Of The Year, African Revival, Nikon, and works closely with WWF.
Read more about Alfie here: https://www.alfiebowen.com/
This event is free but seats are limited so please book ahead
- Venue Information
All areas are fully accessible with a lift, ramps and restrooms on each floor. If you have any specific requirements, please contact us on RPSHouse@rps.org so we can assist you during your visit.
There is public parking in Paintworks. We also have reserved parking spaces we can make available for those with accessibility requirements. Please contact us in advance if you would like to reserve a space. From ground level there are lifts to reach RPS House on the raised ground floor.
- Cancellation policy
The RPS will do its best to ensure that this event runs as planned. In the unlikely event that it has to be cancelled all participants will be advised by email at the earliest opportunity. No responsibility will be accepted for any consequential losses.
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