Alec Bowman_Clarke is a multi-hyphenate polymath based in Rothesay on the Scottish Isle of Bute.
He's a storyteller who works across creative disciplines including film, photography & music. Having played bass guitar and Hammond organ since the age of five, he brings a melodic sensibility to his projects — whether that’s shooting atmospheric music videos for cult rock stars or bringing a grimy indie edge to fashion brands’ portrait shoots.
As a filmmaker & photographer, Alec’s influences are wide-reaching. He’s inspired by the likes of Saul Leiter, Tish Murtha, Vivian Maier, Sofia Coppola, Vuhlandes, Lynne Ramsey, Eli Vicks, Mike Gray, Stanley Kubrick, Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, Nick Fancher, Ivan Weiss, Ally Green, the list goes on. He’s an expert at executing one-point perspective, psychedelic lighting, emotional portraits & creating romantic characters that stand out on screen; skills all evident when watching one of the artist’s own fast-growing portfolio of short films & music videos.
A self-starter & owner-operator, Alec the storyteller has a deep equipment cupboard - he’s not obsessed with kit, although technical ability is an important part of making anything, and his extensive experience & willingness to experiment stands him in good stead.
For potential clients and brands, he’s a one-stop shop in photography and filmmaking, able to write, direct, shoot, edit & grade.
When it comes to a philosophy, Alec wants to prove that anyone from any background can create art. He subsequently hopes to mentor young artists and filmmakers, particularly from working class backgrounds, providing them with tips on how to navigate the industry and how to carve out a creative niche so they can generate a self-sustainable income. His own skills reflect a deep connection with a grandfather who showed his grandson 35mm photography and how to play the organ at the local chapel—Alec would love to spark someone else’s imagination in a similar way.
Every new week presents a fresh creative challenge for Alec Bowman_Clarke, who is currently writing his first feature film.