Depth of Field: Timothy Allen


Timothy Allen

I am starting a new “season” of the Depth of Field Podcast with the impressive work of Timothy Allen.  As I start this new season, I’m not able to promise any frequency of releases or number of episodes, but I don’t want to let it go by the wayside.  Thank you to all of you who reached out and asked for new material.  I will to continue with the quality of guests and interviews that you’ve come to expect, so let’s get started.

In case you somehow haven’t seen his inspirational work, Timothy Allen is an English photographer and filmmaker best known for his work with isolated cultures and people around the world. He shot into the public light with his work on the BBC documentary series, Human Planet. Timothy was the stills photographer for the series and traveled with the crew all around the world. He was put in charge of the Human Planet blog by the BBC where you can see many of his fantastic images. They later did a Human Planet book with all of Timothy’s images. Continue reading

Photography by Timothy Allen

For the last two weeks I’ve been remiss in writing any blog posts. There are good reasons, none of which I’m going to share here. Suffice it to say it’s been a very tough couple of weeks.

However today, Jessie, my daughter was looking at some of my work with me on my computer, when all of a sudden she started jumping up and down and screaming, “Ooh, ooh, ooh!” She had to show me something. She ran to her room – brought up a website on her computer and yelled at me to come in and look. One of her teachers at school had shown her this site. She insisted that he send her the link so that she could share it with me. I can see why Jessie was jumping up and down. I now want to share it with you. It is the work of Timothy Allen

I am embarrassed to say Timothy Allen is a photographer that I have missed along the way. That changed today (thank you Jessie). Not only did he have an amazing past couple of years, being a staff photographer with the BBC’s Human Planet, he also is just a plain stinking amazing photographer! He has striking images of amazing places and people. Anyone who photographs people like this guy rates way up there in my book! He has images of things I have seen before and yet he seems to make them new. Not just new, but better. He’s has what every photographer wants, opportunity, an eye composition and technical expertise to be able to bring these image to life in post-production. His colors are amazing, his moments are decisive. He also strikes me as humble. After you listen to this slide show of his photos I think you’ll agree. ( I am a little mift at the BBC for not allowing us to embed this slide show.) You have to view this slide show, it is a must. I am going to state it here, this is some of the best work I have seen in years. I’m taken by his images to places I can only dream of going. Funny, this is what people say about my work. I guess there is always places we want to go and things we want to take pictures of. Until then, I give you Timothy Allen.