WHAT AM I?

…a musician, photographer & cinematographer based in Cardross, near Glasgow in Scotland who travels all over the world with work.

I am a part of Massive Overheads Productions, a film production company set up by a few likeminded creatives to tell the stories we make up & I co-own Corduroy Punk Records with Josienne Clarke.

When it comes to video, I am experienced at all elements of pre, post & production. I will work with you on concept, storyboarding, treatment writing & editing, script writing & editing, casting, lighting, set design, recording video & audio, directing, editing & grading. I have worked on many music videos, short films, interviews & documentaries both as part of a crew & solo.

With photography, my specialism is location portraiture – I like taking photographs of people in interesting places. I do studio work (where you can control the lighting environment precisely) and I sometimes do stage / gig photography (where you can’t) but I like to get out into interesting places with people & shoot them there.

With music, I am a solo artist, performing my own folk songs. I’m available for live shows & festival slots, when live shows & festival slots become available to the world again. Say Bandcamp:

“Mr. Alec Bowman perfectly captures the dark soil under the pastoral world of British folk with this collection of melancholy originals…’

I have been playing guitar, bass guitar & double bass on stage and in the studio since I was 16, which is 28 years ago, and I’d love to play with you live or on your record.

NOW, I WRITE ABOUT MYSELF IN THE THIRD PERSON:

Alec has been doing these things for almost his entire life, which is more than forty years. He’ll do them for you, for money, if you like.

He is available to work on your musical project, by writing, performing or recording on acoustic, electric or bass guitar, using a Gibson Advanced Jumbo (2017), a Gibson ES120t (1956), a Cornell Romany 12 & a Squier Telecaster bass guitar.

Alec is a professional photographer with a portfolio specialising in solo / band portrait shots of musicians & artists.

He uses a Canon 5D mkiii with 24mm 1.4, 50mm 1.2 & 85mm 1.2 L prime lenses for digital portraiture, a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm 1.2 lens for 35mm photography & a Mamiya RB67 for 120 medium format photography.

For recording audio of live sessions, he uses a broadcast quality Sennheiser MKH 416 boom microphone & a Neumann KMS 105 condensor microphone with Rycote blimps & dead cats / wombats into a Sound Devices MixPre3 for capturing warm, accurate location audio in almost any weather.

For videos, he shoots in HD (1080p) with the Canon 5D and the same prime lenses. He uses a Ronin M gimbal / stabilizer for steadicam style shots & a 3 Legged Thing tripod with a ball head for solid static framed shots. Alec is interested in Super 8 & VHS and hopes to incorporate elements of these formats into his work in future.

Alec owns a full lighting rig for location or studio shoots & a backdrop rig in case we need something plain to project whatever craziness you can imagine onto. These are great for planned scenes or still photographs with your style front & centre.

Alec uses Adobe Creative Suite to bend rays of light into the truth. He is particularly fond of Premiere Pro, enjoys After Effects & InDesign & uses Photoshop & Illustrator, too.

Alec works best untethered & free to be formal or filthy with impunity & enjoys natural light & twists on classic themes, but most of all, loves to tell stories with whatever he’s working with at the time, be it songs, still photography or moving pictures.

He can help you realise whatever kind of alchemy you’re trying to conjure for your project, however remote, obscure or familiar the location. Ask him how he can help you bring your work to life.