Artist Interview: Leon Allen

Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
I am Leon Allen. I am a photography nut, a former music teacher, jazz musician, and computer security specialist. I have been in music for over 57 years, but started in photography about three years ago.

What medium(s) do you work in & why?
I work in black and white and color photography.

What is your creative process like?
After capturing an image, I put it into Lightroom. After Lightroom, I always follow up with most of the following Nik products: Define, Vivesa, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, or HDR Efex Pro. The last piece of software used is Photoshop which is only about two percent of my process.

What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
I was told by a good friend that I should exhibit my images. I was having such a good time taking pictures and modifying my images with software and enjoying being able to make the images look exactly like I wanted that it never occurred to me that my work was worth sharing.

What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
My biggest challenge at this point is locating places where I can capture and create interesting landscape images.

Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece:

"National Harbor" by Leon Allen

“National Harbor” by Leon Allen

The Artomatic image that I am fond of is my night image of the National Harbor. This was the first night image that I ever attempted and I was very happy with the results. It was quite a long walk around the walking path in order to get the angle I wanted for the shot. I had fun trying to time the color changes of the lights on the moving ferris wheel to get just the right amount of light to reflect off of the water. This image was massaged through five pieces of software which probably consumed forty hours of adjusting before obtaining the final image.

What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience?
This is my first Artomatic and my favorite part is working the artist required days because I get to meet some of the other artists and talk to them about their works.

What is your website?
LEONOALLENPHOTOS.COM

You can see more of Leon’s work on display at Artomatic 2015 on the xxx floor, space x-xxx.