Roger Stowell, that’s me, has been a professional advertising and editorial photographer since 1968. I attended art school and studied fine art, though I have no idea why I chose to study fine art. I just thought that’s what you did at art school. I would still be struggling to finish my first painting had I not been offered the chance to assist one of London’s leading fashion photographers. My tutor’s advice had been ” ….why play houses when you can do the real thing..” so I did the real thing. In 1985, whilst engaged in shooting some accessories for Elle magazine, the art director, Clive Crook, asked if I would like to shoot a food feature for the magazine.From that day on I specialised in food photography.
In 2001 Jenny, my wife, and I moved to live in France permanently. We live in deep country in the heart of the Southern Vendée. In 2005 I met and fell in love with digital photography. I was never enthusiastic about dark rooms, so the ability to work on pictures without stumbling around a chemical filled, dimly lit cave was an epiphany. Jenny and I now run digital photography courses, with a strong gastronomic leaning, from our base in the Vendée – www.camerahols.com