David Allen grew up in Cheltenham, England, and immigrated to Canada at 18 years of age. “It was the 60’s”, he said, “the only career choices were rock star or photographer”. David Allen currently lives close to High Park with his wife. He has two grown up daughters, no longer at home. David is an avid swimmer, badminton player and High Park walker.
David ran a professional studio for over 30 years. Shooting in all media, 8X10, 4X5, 2¼, 35mm, with strobe lights, umbrellas and tripods, David has photographed everything from oil rigs to pump jacks to gold mines. He has taken photos coast to coast to coast for many decorating magazines and annual reports. In the 80’s he was editorially written up as the ‘Kodachrome Commando’.
David Allen has lived in Bloor West Village since 1983, and been a year round hiker and explorer of High Park ever since. He has always been fascinated by the visual transformations brought about by the extremes of temperature and seasonal changes in High Park, and began shooting the park in 2005.
The idea for a photo collection dedicated to High Park came about when he got a 35mm DSLR camera. A life-long photographer, David wanted to reduce the amount of equipment needed for shooting professionally, to let his High Park photos appear as spontaneous as possible using the natural light to its advantage. The High Park photos are taken with Canon Rebel EOS and Canon Rebel XTi bodies with an 18-55mm lens.
David Allen prints his own colour photographs, which are available as framed prints or greeting cards at the Park or through this website.
You are invited to see the glorious trilliums in Spring, the mighty Black Oak leaves in summer, the cacophony of colour in the fall, and the brutal north wind that blows across the Grenadier Pond in Winter!
All High Parkers and visitors can enjoy this jewel of Toronto, and now through these images, share it with friends around the world!