Born in New Brunswick freelance photographer Clarence Nowlan showed his first visual arts interest in pencil drawings and painting at an early age and gradually changed to photography as a means of expression. Ever since he first purchased a 35 mm camera in 1969 he has developed a keen interest and passion for photography.
He is an accomplished and award winning photographer having won medals and many awards from the Canadian Association for Photographic Art and the Photographic Society of America. In 2000 The Canadian Geographic Magazine published his winning image for being the top winner in the “Color Category” in their national annual photography competition.
His photographs have been published in: Camera Canada Magazines, Canadian Geographic, Airlines Magazine, Saltscapes Magazines and Calendars, Annual Reports on the Environment for NB Power, to name a few; also in two historic books entitled: “Rockport Portraits” 1989, of which he is the author and “Rêves de Vissionaire”, Édition d’Acadie 1999. He also has two book cover photos; an autobiography books entitled: “Embellir” and another one called: “Experience de Vie; Les Éditions Doiron, 2003 and 2006. Also photos in the books “La cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l`Assomption” Université de Moncton and “Fundy” Bay of the giant tides as well as another book entitled: “ The Last Two Billion Years” a geological history of the Maritime provinces.
Some of his prints have been on exhibition at the World Chess Festival in St. John in 1988, The Moncton Museum 2000, The Saint John Museum 2001, The Moncton City Hall 1996, The Beauséjour Corporation 1997 & 1998, Joe Moka (solo) 1999, and the Moncton Public Library. Also some of his photographs were in National travelling exhibition called “The Petitcodiac: A portrait of a River and its Voices” organized by the Moncton Museum.
In the year 2000 he was given the “Maple Leaf Award” by the Canadian Association for Photographic Art in recognition of valuable achievement in Canadian Photography.
In 2002 he was given an “Associate” certificate by the Canadian Association for Photographic Art in recognition of significant service to Canadian Photography.
In 2003 he was granted by the Focus Camera Club of Moncton an “Honorary Membership” in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the success of the Focus Camera Club.
After working as “Medical and Public Relations Photographer” in the Education Dept. Audio Visual Service for the Dr. George L. Dumont Hospital for many years he decided to go on his own; so in 1999 he opened up a Stock Photo Agency called: “Unique Stock Images”. Mostly images of the three Maritime provinces covering a wide range of topics and events used for publications.
He yearly gives photography courses on digital landscape photography, macro photography, beginners and advanced digital photography courses and gives a few wildlife photography workshops in Sheffield Mills, NS and NB. every year.
He also gives photo workshops to raise funds for the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Johnson Mills, NB. (During the Sandpiper Festival in Dorchester NB – a yearly event)
You are welcome to browse through some of his images on his website at: www.old.photoatlantic.com. Thousands of new images have been added to his image bank since 1999.
He has given numerous audio-visual presentations to local camera clubs and naturalist clubs. He has also given instructional and audio-visual presentations and was a feature presenter at the Camera Canada College (1997), The Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia College in Halifax and was the feature presenter at the Photographic Guild of NS Fall show in 2011; The Focus Camera Club of Moncton, the Kipose Photo Club in Shediac NB and the Truro “Image Makers” Photo Club. Clarence has also served as a judge in National and International photographic exhibitions and competitions.
A naturalist at heart, Clarence has used his photographic skills to interpret the natural world around him through his sensitive use of light and form. He sees photography as a natural means of communication and personal growth and expression. Through his photography, he inspires love for all living organism and the need for their preservation.