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!
In March 2020, along with the rest of the UK and then many other countries across the world, Oliver and his family went into lockdown. Oliver coped amazingly well with the new and sometimes daunting restrictions placed on his life, but as we are so very fortunate to live where we do, we most certainly couldn't complain! Here is a little film about some of what Oliver got up to during lockdown in his back garden. Do pop across and subscribe to his you-tube channel and keep up to date with what Oliver is getting up to :) Oliver at Home during lockdown
2019 was a wonderful year for Oliver, enjoying the publication of 'Oliver's Birds' in January, two appearances on the BBC, and a top tourism media award. Oliver has enjoyed a very happy family Christmas and along with MANY MANY gifts was particularly thrilled with a canvas of multiple images of his beloved cat. He was also very pleased to receive a Frank Sinatra CD with which he can torture Mike... (Oliver loves Mr Sinatra but Mike sure doesn't!) Oliver's Annual Exhibition in December was a great success and means he can now use his profit to book a week away in a cottage in March. He has chosen Scotland and after many hours has narrowed his choice of cottage down to three! We want to thank all Oliver's wonderful followers and fans for their continued support and hope that 2020 proves to be another wonderful and busy year for our amazing young man. He SO enjoys watching out for orders received through his website and seeing all the addresses so he knows where you live and where his prints and books etc are off to. We are currently working on 'Oliver's Britain', (a follow up to 'Oliver's Birds) and hope that this will be published later this year. How exciting!! Lots of Love and a Happy Healthy New Year to you all :) Wendy, Mike and Ollie the famous one! :)
Oliver is very excited as his Annual Exhibition draws near and this time we will have more large canvasses and more various and new items than ever before so we are desperately hoping lots of people will come along!!! This year it will be on Saturday November 30th and Sunday December 1st from 10am - 4 pm both days and is in the usual venue: The Old School, School Road, Westonzoyland Somerset TA7 0LN :) There will be a prize for the person who has travelled the furthest to attend so DO tell us if you've come a long way! An opportunity to get your book signed, to enjoy Oliver's wonderful images AND meet the young man himself - we look forward to seeing you!!
Oliver loves nothing better than getting away from it all for a week in a cottage in the middle of nowhere, it is his absolute favourite thing. In October we went to the west coast of Wales and enjoyed a week of pouring rain and gale-force winds! Did this stop us having fun and taking lots of pictures? Of course not!! There were occasional dry periods and we even saw the sun once or twice albeit briefly, and Oliver got his best ever seal pup pictures when we literally almost stumbled across the most beautiful velevteen seal pup. At first Oliver was a little nervous but then settled in and was very careful not to disturb or frighten the pup and took some really beautiful pictures. We also saw our FIRST EVER BADGER outside our holiday cottage. It came right up to the patio doors in the dark - wow what an experience! A fabulous week away, and Oliver was as usual, so very pleased to get home afterwards to his little cat, who he loves very dearly.
On 1st July 2019, Oliver attended the USA/UK Media awards in London and WON the 'Best Photographic Feature' Award for his images of the Smoky Mountains in Tennesse. He was all dressed up and looking very dapper in his Tux and was very pleased to go up on stage and accept his award from a rather pretty blonde! This was such a great award for Oliver as in the final group he was up against a photographer from the Sunday Times. "That's no problem" said Oliver confidently "I can beat someone from the SundayTimes..." ... and he did!! What a guy!!
Oliver was thrilled to be filmed for a short piece for BBC's Countryfile Programme in March 2019. He was to be filmed with, and interviewed by, Countryfile's Ellie Harrison. The only problem with this was that Ellie is just SOOOOO very pretty that Oliver couldn't actually bring himself to look directly at her at any point throughout!! So apart from Oliver being bright pink and rosy cheeked with embarassment almost the whole time, the finished piece was still lovely and Oliver was so very thrilled to see it when it was shown on Television a few weeks later.
He did however bravely ask for a picture with his arm around her at the end - even though he STILL couldn't look at her!! Just look at his face!! Such a treasure he is!
Oliver's New Book, published by international publishers "ACC Art Books" is published on January 31st 2019. Oliver is SO thrilled! The book is so very beautiful, the quality shines through and it is truly, a very special book to hold and to treasure. Having presented the only printed copy we had to Matt Baker LIVE on BBC's The One Show on 24th January, pre-orders and sales for the book have shot through the roof! This is BRILLIANT news because the publishers have said that if it sells well then they will consider this just being the first of a SERIES of Oliver's books!!! Follow on titles may be 'Oliver's Landscapes' or 'Oliver's Wales' 'Oliver's Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls', 'Oliver's Scotland' etc etc - The Sky's the limit!! :)
This beautiful book of birds also tells 'Oliver's Story' at the beginning so you can 'get to know' the young man himself first, and then dive headlong into pages of utterly stunning images of all those birds we know and love, captured by a young man with a big heart, a big lens, and usually - a big bacon sandwich to keep him going!!
Available via Amazon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Olivers-Birds-Oliver-Hellowell-Photography/dp/1788840100
On January 24th 2019 Oliver appeared on BBc's 'The One Show' amid great excitement. The One Show had commissioned a film about Oliver to be produced, which was shown and then Oliver appeared LIVE in the studio for a short interview with presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones. Matt Baker had already very kindly taken out time to come and sit with Oliver beforehand and chat with him about all sorts of things, having met him previously when Oliver appeared on the show in 2015.
The night was a great success and Oliver was able to present Matt with our only advance copy of his brand new book 'Oliver's Birds' which is to be published in March 2019 by ACC Art books. Following this pre-orders for the book through Amazon sent the book to the number 1 best selling book of nature photography the next morning!
The film shown on the programme was made by Simon Weitzman, who has fast become a staunch and wonderful supporter and promoter of Oliver and all his aspirations - and to whom we are eternally grateful.
As soon as we have a permanent link to the film and Oliver's appearance on the show we will put it here so you can see!! :)
EXCITING NEWS! Tennessee Tourism and T5 Gallery at Heathrow are hosting a joint exhibition comprising 16 images of The Smoky Mountains captured by Oliver and his wonderful friend Ken Jenkins who he was introduced to when Tennessee Tourism commissioned Oliver to travel there last November. 8 images by Oliver and 8 images by Ken. There will be a PRESS NIGHT on July 4th and we would like to invite 10 of Oliver's wonderful fans to come along. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you would like to come along!! There will be some filming of the event so you would also have to be happy to appear on film which may be shown on the BBC at some point. (Spaces are very strictly limited as the gallery is not large - and so it is a case of 'first come first served'!