ohn Lowings was born in Cambridge, England of an Irish mother and an English father. He studied photography at the London College of Printing and has worked in the fields of graphic design, print, freelance commercial photography, motor-cycle dispatch-riding, farm labouring, agricultural research, aid work in Southern India, mental-health support and group-facilitation (amongst others).

is photographic work is in collections in the USA, UK and Ireland - including that of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, of which he is a Fellow. He has exhibited at venues in Ireland and the UK, including the Royal Photographic Society in Bath. A collection of his landscape photographs from County Mayo was published as a book entitled At the Edge of the World in 1998, (Henry Holt, New York). Several of these images were used as I-Max sized backdrops for a new ballet by Christopher Wheeldon commissioned by the San Francisco Ballet and performed in the 2000 spring programme at the Opera House in that city (review).

ohn’s landscape work is informed by his sense of the spiritual in nature. In the modern world we live our lives inside our heads driven by our ambitions, obsessions, anxieties, wants. In the natural world we can feel truly a part of the great continuum of life on our generous planet. At the same time we must acknowledge that any image we make of nature is always as much a reflection of ourselves as it is about the world it represents, and this understanding is intrinsic to John’s work.