About Bowerdale

Bowerdale is the home of the art and creative work of Yorkshire Dales based, landscape photographer Paul Howell.

My 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 I use 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 and Lake District, areas where many of my works are created, is the presence of people within the landscape and the evidence of their role in shaping it. A theme I often use not to overwhelm the landscapes but as a detail to provide a subtle narrative within the work.

Preferring to use the still image I like to allow the viewer the freedom of interpretation of the narrative in the scene even in those works that are created with a specific story in mind.

Where did the name Bowerdale come from?

Early in 2016 I created paulhowellphotography.co.uk a website designed to showcase my landscape and abstract photography. While building the site I 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 I decided it might be wise to rename my site and came up with Bowerdale.

Bowerdale is 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 I find myself drawn and so often a source of inspiration to my work.