Timothy S. Allen: “What Really Counts Is if You Are Happy With Your Image.”

Artist name: Timothy S. Allen

Featured Work 1: Sunset on the Midway at the Sonoma County Fair


Veteran and accomplished photographer Timothy S. Allens’ pictures document diverse ecosystems, structures, people and vehicles from around the globe. He has a gift for noticing unique angles, compositions, juxtapositions and encounters in his environment and conveying their immediacy to his audience. Allen maintains an intimacy with his subjects and subject matter regardless of the distance from which he shoots — his deep appreciation for and fascination with what he perceives is apparent in each photo. From the commonplace yet captivating to the unusually marvelous, and everywhere in between, travelling through Allen’s eyes is a delight.

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5 Questions for the Artist:

1. What is art to you?

Art is something that is refreshing, new and different. No matter the media it creates emotion.

2. What did you make in the past and why?

I’m a photographer who in the past has largely emphasized documentation and recording the artistic events done by my wife, Jane Ingram Allen. Her artworks and events needed to be documented for their historical value and for promotion.

3. What are you making now and why?

Now that I’ve retired from teaching full time, I’ve been able to explore new areas in photography. For example, when we travel, I’m interested in street photography to record how people and places interact. I’ve also had time to learn more about post-production techniques with an emphasis on landscapes and cityscapes, both during the day and night. I do photography to try to recreate what my eye sees at the time of the taking. There are times when using post-production, the image can be enhanced to increase its emotional impact without destroying its original capture.

4. What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to continue to learn more about post-production to enhance my photographs. But more importantly, I want to focus on specific themes and subjects. This may include my emphasis on design as found in aircraft, cars, trains and other modern technologies.

5. What else would you like to say?

The challenge today for a photographer is to stand out. I recently read that in two minutes, we take more photographs than were taken in all of the 1800’s. Social media offers many opportunities and can exhaust both the photographer and the viewer in that pursuit. In the end, what really counts is if you are happy with your image.

Artist Supplied Background:

Timothy S. Allen has been photographing for most of his life but became serious about photography when he went to Tanzania in 2009 and was asked to photograph a safari resort business with luxurious tent facilities. Since then, he continues to travel the world with his wife, artist Jane Ingram Allen. He has photographed extensively in the U.S.A and Asia.
He’s particularly interested in landscape, street and documentary photography. His photographs have appeared in numerous newspapers, art magazines, calendars and books. He continues to show in group exhibitions and competitions.

Find more of his work on flickr, Instagram and Facebook.

Tim portrait


5 Questions for the Artist, © Julia Travers

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