This page will endeavour to keep you up to date with Oliver’s adventures, events and activities. Please also follow Oliver’s face-book page which provides daily posts and latest images. www.facebook.com/OliverHellowellPhotographer
Oliver's mum Wendy provides 'excerpts' from Oliver's life and Ollie too will use this page to pass on some messages to his supporters and followers.
Life with Oliver is certainly never dull, and we hope that as you scroll through and read the entries here you may just manage to get a flavour of just how enjoyable Oliver's life is - both to him, and to those around him!
Ilminster Arts Centre and Gallery 2017:
The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster, Somerset TA19 0AN
Ilminster Gallery is hosting a full exhibition of Oliver's work which will be on display from Mon 23rd Jan 2017 - Saturday 11th February 2017
Compass Well-being Centre 2017:
Unit 7 Belvedere Trading Estate Taunton TA1 1BH
Compass Disability's brand new 'Wellbeing Centre' has a 6 month display of Oliver's work AND a lovely little cafe where you can enjoy tea and cake. All items on display are available for sale. 21st January 2017 - June 2017
"Mum I need another brother sister day" announced Oliver. He loves to spend a day out with his sister on her day off work - partly becasue he loves his sister and partly because he can usually manage to convince her that a meal out in a pub is definitely in order. Big sister Anna was more than happy to agree as it had been over a month since their last one, and she took him to Killerton House Gardens. It was a beautiful day and as always Anna made sure she took the most vital accessory required on a day out - which is of course her selfie stick. One of the seven hundred selfies taken on the day is here for your enjoyment... Oh and the other thing Anna is brilliant at is taking lots of pictures of Oliver taking pictures - and here in this facebook post she combined a few pictures of Oliver with the pictures he was taking at that very moment: https://www.facebook.com/OliverHellowellPhotographer/posts/660749384109521
How fortunate it is that I was able to produce two such talented and beautiful offspring :)
We have recently moved to a lovely village in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset and are fortunate enough to have a back garden which is a bit more like a field. BRILLIANT!! So we are making it a wildlife area and intend to encourage as much wildlife as possible. We all helped to put up a shed which is to be a photography 'hide' and some great pictures have already been caught with an example of a beautiful blue-tit here as proof. Also Here to make you smile is a very speedy capture of our shed raising skills!!!
You may have to copy and paste the link I don't seem to be able to make it link directly... Unfortunately IT simply isn't one of my special skills - but Oliver has just told me I'm gorgeous and it doesn't matter - so I've decided not to worry about it :)
Greylake RSPB Reserve out on the Somerset Levels is a great place to go to see lots of wildfowl at this time of year. Oliver wanted to capture the ducks flying and he got some great shots of the sky full of ducks and was very pleased to have captured them crisp and sharp. As we walked around he also caught a picture of his Mother jumping off a wooden beam. Oliver has always jumped off things, when he was younger he used to call out "Ready to... LEAP!!" just before he leapt off whichever, rock, tree-stump, set of steps, ledge, wall etc had taken his fancy. I was frequently asked if his need to jump off stuff was related somehow to his having Down Syndrome.... well ERM no!!!! It's entirely down to his mad mother I'm afraid!! Enjoy every moment! :)
Oliver loves to go fishing with his father, even if it's a cold, damp and dull December Day! He organises all his magazines, bird books and ipad in his 'bivvy' tent, and enjoys several bacon and cheese sandwiches, cold chicken and cups of hot chocolate to keep him going (it's a hard life!) He's always pleased to catch a fish - and on this occasion he wasn't disappointed and caught a reasonably sized Carp. He also spends much time leaving his father to watch the rods and poles whilst he goes off wandering around the lake or fishery and takes hundreds of pictures. As his mum I enjoy going through all the images he brings home, because in many ways, I then go on his walk with him, - I see every single thing he noticed as he walked around and took his pictures. :)
November 2016 saw Oliver's 5th Annual Exhibition and as usual lots of lovely folk came from far and wide to meet Oliver and see his work. The weather wasn't too bad (we've had floods in the past!) and so it was a joy to see over 200 people coming to be inspired and encouraged by both the photographer himself, and by so many examples of his work. Oliver is always very proud of his exhibition and looks forward to it every year. This year was yet again a great success and Oliver had to sign lots of copies of his hardback book and pose for a few selfies with his fans!! At the end as we spent a rather long time packing everything away Oliver said "Phew - That went well didn't it! I think I'm ready for a holiday and a takeaway now actually..."
At least once a week Oliver says "C'mon mum - let's go for our drive around and see what we can find!" And so off we go, with a camera and a packed luinch, to see what we can see. We often stop for a walk and a little explore somewhere and Oliver always finds things, scenes and places he wants to take pictures of. He also shouts "STOP!" as we're driving along as soon as he sees something he wants to capture - which can give me a series of nervous breakdowns as I try to always remember to check my rear-view mirror before engaging in an emergency stop just because Oliver has spotted a really cool fern growing in the hedgerow!! :)
I do however love these times we share, and it's not just about the taking of pictures, it's also about the "ooooh look at THIS!" and the "Oh WOW that's cool isn't it mum" and the "JUST LOOK AT THESE!" when he proudly shows me on the viewfinder at the back of the camera, the picures he's just taken. It's about our singing along very loudly to the music we're playing (possibly a little too loudly...) as we drive, and laughing as we do so. It's about time spent together - enjoying every bloomin' moment... :)
The other evening we had a sudden 'Ooh let's go chase a sunset!' moment. So off we went and drove onto the top of the Quantock Hills here in Somerset. Oliver was very organised and got out of the car and decided where he wanted to be, set up the tripod and camera, took a few practice shots to make sure he had the piece of sky he wanted... and we sat with a drink and a packet of crisps and we waited.. This image is his favourite of the bunch. :)
It was a beautiful day and I suggested that we have a wander around the Quantock Hills which are right on our doorstep. Oliver sighed and said - 'yes it is nice but I don't really want to walk very far today!' 'Ok then' says I 'let's have a drive around and we can hop out if there's anything you'd like to take pictures of'.. Well we had a LOVELY afternoon, which included a delightful walk around a country church and churchyard, (with a beautiful image of the church) some fabulous widflower shots and enjoying some of the wild Quantock ponies with Oliver capturing three foals all in a row eating the grass. A great afternoon's work :)