10 September 2015 // Sanne Schrijver //Amersfoort


Delaney Allen goes in the opposite direction when it comes to photography. He finds small, intricate moments in the way that pieces of smoke and dust and sand are arranged and diffused through sunlight, rain, and wind. He began looking to capture specific moments that are the easiest to overlook, moments that are traditionally the most passing in nature like fog, mist and clouds. Allen used just a simple Canon Power Shot G10 to achieve a level of ultra softness and fine subtlety.

These are moments that cannot be recreated. "If you are using smoke, water and clouds as a subject matter," Allen says, "you may never be able to see it in the same way." Clouds are always on the move, water crashing into a shoreline will always break differently. In the process, the photographs say much about the environment. Danger may hide at the edge of the frame, but the divine is in plain sight. What his pictures generally tend toward expressing, is a fascination of momentary coincidence. These temporary, organic, formal arrangements are often resounded in his still life photography; unveiling a plant behind a waterfall or watching water become smoke, become sky. His pictures in some way show the world of dreams.


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