Mark Allen

I discovered the magic of the darkroom in my teens and have always been drawn to naturalist photographers from Adams to Weston. My favorite activity is to hike and travel with a goal to capture a few interesting images on each journey.

I have an old school aesthetic which is founded in craft. I prefer to deeply consider the image I seek to capture before ever releasing the shutter while also enjoying random opportunity. I have a deep appreciation for light, shadow and composition and prefer minimal post production.

I have been fortunate to combine my photography interest with my deep commitment to youth education. From my first pin-hole teaching project with the Oneida Nation to a photo journalism grant at Benjamin Franklin Middle School I have used photography as a means to student expression and discovery. I am currently engaged with two incredible Bay Area non-profits to extend my involvement in youth education:


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