Biddle, born and educated outside of Philadelphia, grew up in a
household where color, art and design were intrinsically important.
Both his mother and grandmother were painters. In this stimulating
environment, he spent hours on his imaginative projects - transistor
radios, a magic lantern, a puppet theater, etc. Science and new
inventions fueled his creativity. After college, Owen volunteered at
Hedgerow Theater designing and building sets and working in light and
As a young man he worked in the audio-visual department at Elwyn Institute, taking pictures of students' lives. It was here that he discovered what would become his lifelong passion for photography. Since 1983 he has been a photography instructor at a number of locations including Mainline Center for the Arts and Mainline School Night.
In his own art Owen often chooses to run counter to photography's strongest suit: representing things as the are. Instead he follows light and color on their way to abstraction, aiming for transmutation instead of documentation