All About KELimages And Its Proprietor
The Beginning Of A Passionate Relationship
|Ken Lewis' life in nature photography
began with a general fascination with the natural world. He was introduced
to nature by his late father, and Ken fondly remembers, as a young
child of six years old, walking to the far end of Lake Bala in North
Wales. His father would point out the widlife and the sounds they
make. This is a memory which has stayed with Kenneth to this day, as
he recalls, "my father pointed out the enchanting call of the
curlew and, at that moment in time, my direction in life was changed
The Beauty Of A Locality
|In his thirties, Ken joined the
Merseyside Naturalist Group, which gave him a greater insight into a
world of natural beauty close to his home turf, and a knowledge of
sites of interest and beauty to visit throughout the North West of
England. However, this alone was not enough for Ken who, not satisfied to simply
to watch the world of nature on the sidelines as a casual observer,
wanted to explore further, to understand the things he saw, and to
capture them forever.
Photography, of course, was the answer, and with assistance from his
brother Allan - a freelance Photographer - Ken took his first steps
into nature photography.
Introducing The Camera
|Many years later, and
you are looking at the result of Ken's work. An astonishing and
beautiful portfolio of work which not only shows Ken as a first-class
photographer, but also as someone who has immersed himself in his
subject, understanding it, respecting it, and - above all - continuing
to be passionate about it. In his own words, "it has been a great
experience which has taken me into Europe and further afield. I am
still fascinated by the natural world and all of its diversities.
You only see what you know."
A Professional Understanding
|From those humble
beginnings at Lake Bala, Ken has turned his passion into his profession,
and has managed to combine a professional approach to photography
with an understanding of the world surrounding us. Ken's images
represent the natural world at its most truthful and innocent, opening
up to us a world of flora, fauna, and exotic species of animals that
many of us will never see. But, behind the innocent beauty of the
images there is the work of a master of his trade. Behind the lens,
there is a host of craftsmanship and technology at work.
KELimages began a number of years ago, although Ken has used the
name KEL since studying Graphic Design as a youngster at Laird School
of Art. He used to sign his work KEL, which stands for Kenneth Edward
Lewis, and the name stuck with him. It seemed a natural progression
that it should go on to become the name of his company in later years.
The Technical Details Of Nature
|An enormous amount of
equipment goes into the process of nature photography, and Ken knows
this only too well. Currently, he uses a multitude of cameras and
lenses. Ken regularly uses Canon Eos photographic equipment
to capture his images, plus several tripods and a number of hides.
He also uses a 4X4 and a caravan to keep running costs to a minimum.
As you can see, it takes a lot of equipment and a lot of time to produce
the right image.
Into The Digital Age
|Ken, like many
photographers, is discovering the pleasures of digital photography and
imaging at the moment, and is experimenting with a digital camera, an
Apple iMac, digital image manipulation software, and a professional
slide scanner. He prints his images on an Epson 2001 Archival Printer.
The arrival of professional quality digital photography gives Ken full-control
over his images, from clicking the shutter to framing the finished
Writing The Image
|In addition to his photographic
work, Ken Lewis is a published writer, having authored
numerous articles about the natural world, and also presents slide
lectures on his work. His first illustrated article was about fly
fishing, published in the Trout & Salmon Magazine.
Ken's written and visual work can often be seen gracing the pages of
the Canon EOS Magazine, and in 2001 he had a number of
photographic-slides of bird images accepted by Dorling Kindersley for
their Encyclopaedia of Animals. Ken has lately been working on a number of introductory
articles for several magazines.
In April an illustrated article was published in Cheshire Life about
the Red Rocks Nature Reserve, Wirral. In July French magazine published
an illustrated article on the Ecrins National Park in France.