I picked up my dad’s old 35mm camera as a kid and bought my first, a Pentax K 1000, at 16 – I still have it. I’d spend hours in my homemade darkroom in dad’s garage, printing and experimenting. My hobby developed into a lifelong calling.
You could say that in capturing the image, the images captured me.
My portfolio got me into college, where I majored in cinematography. I’m a fully accredited member of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) and I've been fortunate enough to have a successful, rewarding and awarded career in the film industry.
I love the collaborative nature of film but, for pure creative freedom, I am fascinated by the solitary world of landscape photography.
My photographs are the result of everything I've learned about capturing the world around me in a format that is both liberating and contemplative.
I particularly enjoy finding ways of adding a level of graphic symmetry to the landscape.
The resulting art works are somewhat ambiguous, leaving room for you – the viewer – to explore and interpret them in your own way. Inviting you discover your own emotional response.
It is this quiet contemplation that I hope you find in my pictures.
Allen Koppe is an award-winning fine art photographer based in Sydney.