Entry Title: "Before the Storm"
Name: Lee Howell , United Kingdom
Category and Expertise: Other_AD, Professional


Entry Description: Before the Storm: Taken from the TRIBE Maasai series. A collaboration with US costume designer Stacy Jansen, centred around traditional ethnic tribal dress of indigenous tribes from across the globe. The requisite was to photograph models here in the UK, dressed in the garments Ms Jansen creates for the film, theatre and television industry, and composite them into suitable backdrops that had been previously captured in Africa.

About the Artist:

Award-Winning Commercial photographer and creative retoucher Lee Høwell is based in the UK, specialising in advertising, fashion and contemporary editorial portraiture. Equally at home working on location and in his studio, Lee's work is distinctive and unique in style, producing strong, vivid imagery, using a combination of photographic capture and postproduction technique to achieve his trademark style. No stranger to success his talent has won him numerous awards in the categories of advertising, fashion and portraiture, and was awarded his Associateship into the British Institute of Professional Photography in 2013. Lee awarded BIPP Scottish Professional Photographer of the year 2014 and Commercial & Advertising Photographer of the year 2015. More recently Lee was awarded 1st place in Commercial photography at the National BIPP Awards for his work TECHNO COLOUR: RED, along with a 3rd place for his series of Fine Art Bridal Portraits. Adobe recognised Lee’s work 2014, naming him one of their ‘Adobe New Creatives’, choosing his work to promote the launch of Adobe Photoshop CC, as well as using his images to launch the Behance Wallpaper App for Mac computers in the Apple store. Regularly exhibiting his work, both as personal exhibitions, as well as part of photographic organisations such as The RETINA International Photography Festival, international interest in Lee Høwell’s photography continue's to grow. As a result Lee is often invited to talk about his work both in the UK and overseas, featuring as part of the Creative ProShow team in Italy, as well as regularly featuring and curated on leading photography websites such as SLR Lounge, Phlearn, Saatchi Art and Photography Served. One Eyeland have Lee ranked in the top 10 UK photographers and at No.24 in the world for his particular style of photography and creative retouching. *Artist statement:* _“I try to approach all of my work with the same high amount of raw energy and enthusiasm. It’s all about having great concepts, bringing them into commercial practice and proving to the clients that you have a good creative mind as well as the technical tools to do the job. _ _I take a personal pride in building friendly, productive and professional working relationships with all those that the industry brings me into contact with and enjoy being involved with the creative input at all levels, rising to the challenge of each new venture or project, it is this passion that drives me”._ ‘Lee Howell Rising Star’ – Photo-grapher Magazine