The North of the United Kingdom; awe inspiring landscapes, myths, legends and an intriguing, at times dark history.
Travelling through tranquil valleys, rugged fells, boundless streams, ancient woodlands and timeworn buildings we hear the whispers of secrets and tales yet to be discovered. It compels us to capture the spirit of this remarkable place.
This is Bowerdale; our unique view of the North.
Bowerdale is the home of the art and creative works of Paul and Becks Howell
Although you could easily believe Bowerdale to be one of the picturesque valleys of the Yorkshire Dales as far as we can tell Bowerdale as a location doesn’t exist. There is the occasionally misnamed Bowderdale in the Howgill Fells and there’s Bowserdale Park in Liverpool but those are about the closest place names we can find.
Early in 2016 Paul created paulhowellphotography.co.uk a website designed to showcase his artistic landscape, nature and abstract photography. While building the site he became aware that there were already a few Paul Howell’s around the world and several of them also happened to be photographers. So as to avoid any confusion Paul decided it might be wise to rename the site.
At the same time Becks was becoming more involved with the publishing of Paul’s work creating captions to accompany his images. Inspired by the locations we visited she began writing longer pieces, some working in their own right and others in conjunction with Paul’s photography.
It no longer seemed fitting to have just Paul’s name as the title of the site.
We searched long and hard for a name for the home of our work, exploring the where, why and what it is we do and eventually arrived at Bowerdale.
Bowerdale an amalgamation of two words. Bower, a pleasant shady place under the branches of a tree in a wood, and Dale, a valley especially in northern England.
The shady places under the branches of trees in the woods of the valleys of northern England are frequently where we find ourselves drawn and so often a source of inspiration to our work.
Paul is a landscape and nature photographer living in North Yorkshire, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. His work is inspired by the being, the observing, the appreciation of nature, beauty, entropy and humanity’s place and relationship within it – be it truth or fiction.
Influenced by cinema, classic landscape painting and abstract concepts of form, flow and colour Paul uses tones, layering and atmospherics to create works that have a quality of almost being from the imagination or memory.
Part of the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, Nidderdale and Lake District, areas where many of Paul’s works are created, is the presence of people within the landscape and the evidence of their role in shaping it. A theme he often uses not to overwhelm his landscape’s but as a detail to provide a subtle narrative within the work.
Preferring to use the still image Paul likes to allows the viewer the freedom of interpretation of the narrative in the scene even in those that are created with a specific story in mind.