May 29, 2009 - June 29, 2009
Anne Van Allen
As a child growing up in Winnipeg, Anne was introduced to photography as she helped her brother work in his self-styled attic dark room. What began as an interest and a hobby later became his profession, and Anne was hooked. At the age of eight she collected popsicle wrappers, saving them until she had enough to redeem them for a small camera. She still has some of the black and white pictures that she snapped on that toy-like camera. After Anne left Canada and came to the United States, she was without a camera, and her avid interest in photography was put on hold as she worked, married, and reared her boys. In 1997 she once again had a 35mm film camera in her hands, and the old love was rekindled. In 2004 she purchased her first digital camera.
Images – simple, tranquil, quiet – are what appeal to Anne’s eyes, and these are what she seeks to preserve. The uncluttered and the unusual, whether object or scene, speaks its own special majesty to her.
Among the many photographers who have impressed and influenced her, Anne particularly admires Frank Hurley. This Australian, a member of the Shackleton Expedition, took photos of Antarctica under the worst possible conditions, even diving into the icy waters to retrieve his glass-plate negatives when Shackleton’s ship The Endurance sank so that posterity could know the beauty he witnessed. His passion was evident in the marvelous exhibit National Geographic displayed of these hard-won photos.
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Contact: Anne Van Allen 410-295-5966
Anne Van Allen 410-295-5966
Bleeding Heart Blue Heron Cathedral in Spring
Dogwood Fullcircle Sunrise at Oyster Creek