About

I’ve been photographing for most of my life but became serious about photography when I went to Tanzania in 2009. While there I was asked to photograph for one of the safari resorts that have luxurious tent facilities in different safari parks throughout Tanzania. They wanted updates for their website.

Since then I continue to travel the world with my wife, Jane Ingram Allen. She is an artist, blogger, critic and curator. I am normally under contract to take photos of her art and projects that she curates and completes while doing residencies. There is also time for me to photograph subjects of my own interest. Besides the U.S.A., I’ve photographed extensively in Asia and Europe and South America.

I’m particularly interested in landscape, street and documentary photography. Although when I’m at car and airplane shows I’m particularly interested in shapes and design.

I photograph with a Canon 70D with a 16 to 300 mm Tamron lens. I also have a Sigma 18-200, a Canon 50mm 1.8 lens and Canon 18-55mm. However,the Tamron lens is my workhorse.

My photographs have appeared in numerous newspapers, art magazines, calendars and books. All the images in the book “Made In Taiwan” by Jane Ingram Allen are my images.

I had a one person exhibition at Hsuiping University in 2008, entitled “Tanzania and Taiwan: A View of Two Countries from One Pair of Eyes”. In May of 2014 I had a one person exhibition titled “Landscapes by Timothy S. Allen” held at Kun Shan Technical University, Tainan, Taiwan. This exhibition largely focused on my work from a three month stay on the central coast of Oregon. Here is the link to that exhibition https://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com/exhibitions/

I continue to show in group exhibitions and competitions. I’m an active member of the Santa Rosa Photographic Society. The Society is a member of the Northern California Council of Camera Clubs.

179 Comments on “About

  1. I’m very pleased to make your acquaintance. You’ve led an accomplished life and still going.

    • Thanks

      From a quick glance at your blog it was not clear if it was you or someone else that served in the Pacific during WWII.

      • My father and his unit, the 11th A/B are honored here, although I am a member of the association.

    • Thank you. Your blog is very nice. I would guess that your feeling about street photography is partly dependent on customs. However it appears that you’ve done more recently. Congratulations. I look forward to seeing more.

      In Taiwan it seems that everyone is taking pictures of everyone else – including themselves. In the U.S. I’m more reluctant because of privacy issues and the signing of wavers. The results, more hands and feet.

  2. You have a keen eye for color, design, and detail in your photos. THANKS for visiting my funny-caption photoblog and leaving a “like.”
    –John R.

    • Thanks John, I try to look at each corner in the view finder to make sure I have the picture framed correctly. That is sometimes challenging when you shoot on the fly. Thanks again

  3. Hi there, friends from England will be leaving to work in Tanzania soon. Where do you display this element of your work?

  4. You take very interesting shots! They all tell a story. I quite liked the one with the two friends, the one with the two tomatoes, and the one with water written on the wall.
    I take photos as a hobby, and so far I enjoyed to take shots of little things in nature, but I do want to expand a little out of my comfort zone. We’ll see how that goes 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m looking forward to more of your photos.
    Cheers
    Veronica

    • Thank you for your kind words. I too enjoy taking images of small parts of a larger picture. It seems easier to find the right composition within a larger environment. I think the location that you are in can contribute to expanding your images. Oregon seems to have those breathtaking environments.
      You are welcome on visiting your blog. I like your images. The snow covered trees with the leaves still attached are very attractive.

      • Thank you very much 🙂 I appreciate it! You said it so eloquently “Taking images of small parts if a larger picture.”

  5. Thank you for liking my photo post. Great photographs from you, your site is wonderful! I’m looking forward to viewing more of your work.

  6. Hi Tim, I couldn’t reply to your comment under one of my photographs (within a gallery) just now. This is why I am responding to it here (feel free to delete):

    ‘Yes, it is. We canaries can be versatile if we feel like to be. Prishtina’s somewhat run-down socialist architecture calls for flexibility 😉 ‘

  7. Hi Tim…I’m having problems with my wordpress reader due to the influx of followers. I’m also not going to be around much in the next few days due to our upcoming move. If I don’t comment or like, please don’t be offended. it’s going to take me awhile to get through all this. Thanks for understanding!

  8. Hello Tim, … Thank you for the earlier comment on Threshold of Success on my blog. It was appreciated. If not for that I would not have been aware of you and that has led me to visit several pages on your blog tonight. I really enjoyed seeing your work.

    • Thank you. We’ll be in Taiwan until June 2. During the last week in May we will be doing a project in Hua Yuan Village in Hsin Chu county. It is a small aboriginal village where they are growing Tong Chou a plant used by the Japanese to make paper flowers.

  9. Love the photos. Deceptively simple but really engaging.

  10. thanks for stopping by and liking my recent post. I enjoyed looking at the beautiful images on your site. Great work.

  11. Just to say thank you so much for taking the time to visit and like my blog.
    I have only briefly scanned your own but it looks amazing. I will look forward to returning to eons some quality time soon.
    Kind Regards
    Bob

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have some wonderful images here, and they make me wish I had my good camera with me more often!

    • Thank you for your comments. A good camera could now be with you most of the time. Cell photo cameras are very good these days. The alternative is to make a habit of carrying your good camera where ever you go. It’s a pain but…. Thanks again. Good shooting.

  13. Hi Tim, thanks for stopping by the other day. I can see that you have lots of beautiful photos and posts. Please feel free to give us advice as we’re amateurs in blogging. God bless you!

  14. Your resume is impressive to say the least! Your photographic eye is outstanding. I enjoyed looking through some of your nature shots and in the gallery.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have just picked up my camera again after a hiatus of probably 10 years. So I am still in my transition from 35mm shooting to digital shooting. I am having fun working on my technique again! Come by again any time. I have some posts on our trips to China (we have adopted five girls from the mainland) plus some macro photography. I think you might enjoy some of that!

    Thanks again for the like and for the visit!

      • Traveling to Taiwan may happen – it’s on our ‘long’ list of places to go! I need to get a few kids out of college before we do any big traveling! After that, the flood gates will open!

      • Please Taiwan in mind. Taking the train around the Island is fun way to visit many places. Also, thank you for following my blog.
        Best,

  15. That’s very interesting and it’s nice to see people who have come full circle in life and are now doing what they love…. it just makes living life all the more worth while!!!

  16. hey Timothy. continuing to enjoy your work. i’ve taught for six years in different cities in china. what an experience. i hope you enjoyed yourself in taiwan. JT

    • Seems as if China gets most of the teachers. I’d visited China and found the people not as friendly as in Taiwan. But then I have a bit slanted view point. lol

  17. Thank you for visiting my blog! I couldn’t help but notice you taught ESL. I’m currently in the process of applying to do just that in Korea. Sounds like it was probably a great experience!

    • Hi Ashley
      It is a great experience. I would encourage you to consider Taiwan as another choice. I do know that ESL teachers who teach in the cram schools work hard but it can be very rewarding. I do encourage everyone to travel as much as they can while overseas. You are so close to China and Japan if you decide on Korea. Best to all of your endeavors. Tim

  18. Great work! Before I even saw that your interest is documentary style photography I was thinking that your photos have a certain quality of unspoiled reality that isn’t seen too often. Thanks for stopping in at my blog sir!

  19. Glad you enjoyed your visit and thanks for the like. I am flattered. Your work is brilliant – I’ll be back for another look!

  20. Wonderful images throughout! I can tell by the portraits you are trusted. That is a gift.

  21. thank you for taking the time out to visit my blog and leaving a positive note…your images are stunning…and are a telling of the ease people feel in your presence which is a gift to us all.

  22. Hi Tim, thank you for dropping by at iAMsafari. I’m really impressed with your eye for detail and composition. I’d like to get more inspiration from your photographs and look forward seeing more.

    Kind regards,
    Maurice

  23. Hi Tim,

    Thanks for your recent visit and comment on my post. In case you haven’t had time to read all of it, I’m in a dilemma over what to choose between writing and photography, and then I land on your blog, discovering that you’re an English teacher and a documentary photographer. I guess everything is possible, right?

    There are times when I get frustrated with writing because English is my second language. I wish I had you around as my teacher for both!

    • Thank you so much for your complements. I think it maybe possible to do both writing and photography but you have to decide what gives you the greatest reward. Combining the two in a journalistic way maybe the answer. It seems as if you are doing some of that now.
      My teaching was largely conversational English and not writing. As you know, conversational English and written English can be very different depending on the circumstances and goals.
      My wife Jane Ingram Allen and have a photographer friend who also lives in Dakar. Joybrata Sarker. We met him in 2010 in China when he and my wife were artists in residence at the Lijiang Artist Studio. Here is a link to one of his sites. http://www.lightstalkers.org/joybrata_sarker I think he is an excellent photographer. If you talk to him, please tell him we said hello.
      Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to seeing more of your photographs.
      Tim

  24. Hello TIm,
    Finally taking time to browse through your work here and appreciate your eye on the world. Two photos in the gallery that caught my attention are the hands dipped into the water filled tub, and the flight attendants with their cell phones! Well caught!
    Thanks for dropping by my blog, and for your kind comments. I will certainly return.
    Lesley-Anne

    • Lesley-Anne,
      You’re welcome and thank you for wandering around my blog. The hands image was done at my wife’s paper making workshop in Point Ryes, California. If you would like to know more about her art and curatorial projects you can go to http://janeingramallen.wordpress.com
      The Korean Air attendants image was taken in the Seoul. Asia flight attendants line up in formation prior to and after flight. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen that done in America or Europe.
      Also, thank you for following my blog. Happy Holidays to you and your family.
      Tim

      • I will take a peek at your wife’s work with great interest. Like you, I am married to a creative. He designs environments as an Urban Designer/Planner/Landscape Architect. I write more extensively than I photograph. My website is laevans.ca. All the very best to you and yours for Christmas and 2015. Glad to have connected with you here.

  25. Thanks for the visit and the ‘Like’ glad it led me toyour blog – great photos and I’m going to be following you from now on. have a humungous 2015

  26. Hi Allen,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog last night and liking one of my photos. I am excited about following your page. Your photography is beautiful and I look forward to seeing more.
    Tree

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