Allan’s interest in photography developed as a consequence of extensive overseas travel in 1978, including an overland trip through Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Indonesia.
On return to Australia in 1979 Allan developed his interest through various camera clubs and participated in a number of photographic tours through the Australian Outback. Allan’s photographic interests expanded when he set up the company Photo Adventures. During its operation Allan and his colleagues led a number of memorable trips to remote places from the Australian Outback, the Gulf Country and Kakadu.
Allan has exhibited successfully in both national and international exhibitions and regularly judges and presents on subjects, including photojournalism, black and white print making, the use of off-camera flash and photoshop. More recently he has provided photographic services to the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (South East Region) and to the Outback Car Trek.
During his photographic career Allan has tackled a wide range of subject matter from landscapes, people and portraiture, sport, photojournalism, fashion and street photography. Allan’s work has been published in several magazines and he was the winner of the Asia Pacific Time Magazine, ‘Essence of Australia’ competition. He was also a finalist in the 2017 and 2019 hEAd oN photo festivals. His philosophy on photography is that a good photograph is created by the photographer, not the camera and that the photographer must show more concern and knowledge of his/her subject than with photography.
This 2019 exhibition features mostly impressionistic Australian landscapes from recent travels to Outback Australia. His images have a painterly quality, achieved by a combination of a number of techniques, both in camera and in post processing. These include, camera movement and overlaid textures taken from various sources, including concrete, paint, timber, bricks and fabrics. In some cases these have been blended together in multiple layers to get the desired painterly effect. All prints are presented on Epson fine art cold press white archival paper.