Colin Hawkins

Colin Hawkins has been working directly with clients, and advertising and design agencies for over three decades. He draws from his Fine Art education which gave him a deep understanding of the principals of composition, concept, colour & form.

Hawkins expertise is grounded through many years of industry experience combined with continuous personal practice and experimentation with various techniques and processes. Through this, he has learnt to appreciate the subtleties and intricacies of lighting and composition.

Colin refrains from being pigeonholed into any one category of photography and his graphical emotive imagery delivers a carefully crafted concept or idea which encapsulates the essence of what a particular image or brief should communicate, sometimes complex or seemingly simple but always effective. His work with people is often done almost candidly through distraction techniques or by controlled happy accidents to create a natural realism to the perceived character. His still life imagery and product photography are usually transforming the mundane or elementary into something intriguing and dynamic.

Colin’s work has won numerous industry awards and he became an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society for whom Colin lectures and runs workshops realising the importance of sharing his knowledge & experience in photography, lighting techniques and generating imaginative shoot ideas.

Colin has always enjoyed problem-solving, making sets and backgrounds, creating or adapting gadgets and equipment to help achieve a certain effect. His relaxed style allows him to be creative and resourceful. Colin’s approach is more about “Getting it right in camera” to begin with, rather than relying on Photoshop.

Pfizer-Genotropin

Colin assisted some of the most influential London based advertising photographers during the mid 1980’s followed by long periods spent in New York City working in the art scene and on Hip Hop music videos where he started to realise his lifelong passion for music.

Returning to London in the late 1980’s he quickly established a photography career travelling globally shooting bands and musicians for record covers, press and editorial features. His unique urban photographic style developed over many years spent in the darkroom and by cross processing film, his style of shooting people and objects gradually attracted commercial advertising and design commissions.

In the early 1990’s he was asked to join Tony Stone picture library, now Getty Images, and his images are now licensed through various image libraries with his broad spectrum of photography, either commissioned or licensed, now appearing in a large number of national & international campaigns, publications, magazines and books.

In 2000 Colin returned to his rural roots & moved to the beautiful city of Bath with his family, and his studio is now established surrounded by the idyllic Wiltshire countryside.

Over the past few years Colin has continued his Fine Art creative personal work through a collaboration with artists Anna Gillespie & Nikki Jewitt creating a large body of work called T(h)ree.

From the series “What Was Left”

Colin’s work has won numerous industry awards and he became an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society for whom Colin lectures and runs workshops realising the importance of sharing his knowledge & experience in photography, lighting techniques and generating imaginative shoot ideas.

Colin has always enjoyed problem-solving, making sets and backgrounds, creating or adapting gadgets and equipment to help achieve a certain effect. His relaxed style allows him to be creative and resourceful. Colin’s approach is more about “Getting it right in camera” to begin with, rather than relying on Photoshop.

Colin is running workshops at Xposure that give a hands-on opportunity to enhance photographic, lighting & compositional skills in shooting people or products for publishing on the web or other promotional material.