What sets Lowell Essex apart from the masses of photographers is that he is both an artist and a scientist. He was endowed with an artistic eye and gifted with a scientific mind. The union of these seemingly opposed concepts has given him a unique perspective on photography.
Lowell did not take the traditional route by going to school to become a photographer. Instead he allowed for his life experiences to shape his vision for photography. In 1996, Lowell decided to serve a greater purpose and enlisted in the military. While serving his country, his world view expanded. He began to respect the diversity that exists in the human condition and appreciate how those differences translate into art. This new found insight ignited a passion and inspired Lowell to purchase his first camera. He documented the places he traveled and the people that crossed his path. Photography became an integral part of his life.
In 1999, Lowell was honorably discharged from the military and began his educational pursuits. Photography was placed on the back burner as he earned his A.A.S. in General Education from Harry S Truman College in 2001. Lowell attended DeVry University and received a Bachelors in Science Degree in Network & Communications Management in 2004. In 2008, Lowell was awarded a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Governors State University.
As a systems thinker, Lowell was quite successful setting up networks and maintaining users and databases. However, his artistic nature was left unfulfilled. This yearning forced Lowell to shift gears and, once again, begin focusing on his love for the arts. As fate would have it, while serving as a groomsman at a wedding, Lowell met Ozzie Ramsay, the wedding photographer. Ozzie encouraged Lowell to pursue photography. These interactions can be cited as life changing experiences causing Lowell to reevaluate his current state and dream about a future where photography was at the forefront. With the same discipline that he displayed in his previous successes, Lowell began to study both the art and the science of photography. And the rest, as they say, is history.