UK Photographer Inspires British Travelers To Visit Tennessee

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - by Jill Kilgore
Oliver Hellowell
Oliver Hellowell

Oliver Hellowell is a 21-year-old British photographer who travels the world with a keen eye for capturing its natural beauty through the lens of his camera. After being diagnosed with Down Syndrome at a very young age, Oliver became a testament to proving everyone can achieve their dreams with optimism, belief, determination and encouragement.

Last November, he and his family visited the Great Smoky Mountains.

While there, he met renowned Tennessee photographer Ken Jenkins, a nationally-known natural history photographer and outdoor adventurer whose images and articles appeared in publications from National Geographic to Southern Living over the last 30 years. The two bonded over their love of wildlife and nature.

Beginning July 4, Mr. Jenkins will join Mr. Hellowell, the recipient of National Diversity Award for UK Positive Role Model for Disability, for an exhibition at the T5 Gallery at London’s Heathrow Airport, which is where the new British Airways non-stop service to Nashville departs five days a week.

The Hellowell/Jenkins exhibit inspires travellers to visit Tennessee, by letting them experience the majesty and beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains with images of the sunrise slicing through the trees of the Smokies, beautiful fall colors and leaves in the “golden hour” before sunset, a doe grazing in the grass and an early settlers cabin in the mist of Cades Cove. The images give us a glimpse of the way Hellowell sees the world and what inspires his photography.

“Oliver is a gifted photographer and visual storyteller and it was our privilege to host him and his family on their filmmaking tour of the Smoky Mountains last fall,” said Kevin Triplett, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “We are thrilled that he now has the opportunity to share his work with British travelers as they await flights from Heathrow. Just as he has inspired us, we are confident his photographs will inspire even more of his countrymen to visit Tennessee.”

 

You can see Mr. Hellowell’s stunning images of the Smokies hereFilm maker Simon Weitzman accompanied Oliver and his family on the trip and made this beautiful film about Oliver’s journey.

 

For more information, please contact Jill Kilgore, public relations media manager for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, at 615-927-1320 or by email atJill.Kilgore@tn.gov.  


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