Nowlan was born in South East London, and spent much of his childhood
and teenage years dealing with acute asthma. In 1981, he married Kay, a
well known professional photographer who was renown as a wedding
photographer and photography teacher. Both she and Howard shared a
passion for art and life in general, both of which were severely tested
when they discovered in 2000 that Kay had cancer.
during this period that Howard took the reins of teaching
Kay's photography class. He also became more
involved in photography and even organized a local photographic group (KPG).
Howard shot a huge amount of landscape and figure work, all the while honing
his natural perspective and burgeoning skill, much to the surprise and delight
Kay died in June 2005. Her passing has spurred Howard
on to further enhance his photography skills and create art. Says
the photographer. "I
hope that my gifts, along with the inestimable input from my wife, Kay
will help me to share and express something of that beauty and longing
in my images".