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Ongoing series, Girls on Trains. Japan.

©2014 Brenden Allen

Revisiting Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture. Almost the entire town was destroyed following the Tohoku earthquake in March 2011, that triggered a giant Tsunami. Three years on the town and people are still rebuilding their lives.

©2014 Brenden Allen

Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

©2014 Brenden Allen

Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

©2014 Brenden Allen

Barry Smith, Australian motorcycle racing legend, Isle of Man TT and Grand Prix champion. Holder of over 150 Australian and world endurance racing records that stood for over 20 years and that truly is only scratching the surface of his achievements in the sport. A true gentleman and at 74 years of ages, speaks of his exploits on the worlds circuits like a man half his age. The glint in his eye as he remembers battles with Nieto, kicking tyres out from beneath riders (though that was “not his style”) and being offered incentives to allow Spanish team-riders to beat him on Spanish racing team Derbi in the quest for a local champion. 
It was such an honour to meet and photograph him.
Barry Smith portrait © 2014 Brenden Allen
Other images copied from Barry’s own collection. 
Story shot for Australian Motorcycling News.

Barry Smith, Australian motorcycle racing legend, Isle of Man TT and Grand Prix champion. Holder of over 150 Australian and world endurance racing records that stood for over 20 years and that truly is only scratching the surface of his achievements in the sport. A true gentleman and at 74 years of ages, speaks of his exploits on the worlds circuits like a man half his age. The glint in his eye as he remembers battles with Nieto, kicking tyres out from beneath riders (though that was “not his style”) and being offered incentives to allow Spanish team-riders to beat him on Spanish racing team Derbi in the quest for a local champion. 

It was such an honour to meet and photograph him.

Barry Smith portrait © 2014 Brenden Allen

Other images copied from Barry’s own collection. 

Story shot for Australian Motorcycling News.

Mojo Webb, solo.
The Joynt, Brisbane 30 Jan
© 2014 Brenden Allen

Mojo Webb, solo.

The Joynt, Brisbane 30 Jan

© 2014 Brenden Allen

A chance meeting with a 1927 AJS atop Mt Glorious.
Named "Emily" after the owners unexpected grand daughter, his daughter was apparently unable to have children. He made a classy, smoky arrival to Maiala Teashop, not sure until that point if his old steed would make it up the mountain on his maiden effort. Given it’s namesake, hardly surprising that it did. 
(shot on Iphone)

A chance meeting with a 1927 AJS atop Mt Glorious.

Named "Emily" after the owners unexpected grand daughter, his daughter was apparently unable to have children. He made a classy, smoky arrival to Maiala Teashop, not sure until that point if his old steed would make it up the mountain on his maiden effort. Given it’s namesake, hardly surprising that it did. 

(shot on Iphone)

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Puerto Lopez is a small fishing village in southern Ecuador that is also a popular whale watching destination. Humpback whales mate off the nearby islands from June to October. Large sea birds - pelicans and giant frigates, keep fishermen on their toes landing the morning’s catch on the beach.

© 2010 Brenden Allen

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Phu Quoc Island. Vietnam.
© 2009 Brenden Allen

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Phu Quoc Island. Vietnam.

© 2009 Brenden Allen

Solace in the City - ongoing project

Largely populated cities the world over seem to have a central place where people can go to escape. 

Left: The Maidan. Kolkata, India

Right: Yoyogi Park. Tokyo, Japan

© 2012 Brenden Allen

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Mosaics of images made using an Holga during a year in South America. A film camera first made in Hong Kong in 1981. Lo-fi results from light leaks, poor quality plastic component and lens, on medium format (120) film long past it’s expiry date and subject to numerous extreme temperature fluctuations and airport scanners with varying levels of radiation. The hipsters have gotten hold of them these days but I was fortunate to have bought mine over ten years ago to avoid the increased demand price tag for a princely $2.99 inc postage.

This is stripped back - compose, shoot and think of nothing else kind of photography. Perfect for cruising around South America with little thought of technique to crowd the head space.

Top: Bolivian altiplano and the salt flats of Uyuni

Middle: Southern Ecuadorian coast.

Bottom: La Paz, Bolivia

© 2010 Brenden Allen

Aquaculture New Zealand

It has been my pleasure to travel to Nelson in New Zealand for the last three years for Aquaculture New Zealand.

Top left: Andrew West. Vice-Chancellor Lincoln University, Christchurch.

Top right: The Right Honourable Jim Bolger. Former New Zealand Prime Minister.

2nd Top left: Andrew Forsyth. Former Frontera CEO

2nd Top right: Nicola Bell. CEO Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand.

Middle: A selection of New Zealand’s Aquaculture products.

Bill James. Executive Chef at The Rutherford Hotel, Nelson.

Bottom: King Salmon farm on Marlborough Sound.

The Venice of Peru

Belen is a small village adjoining Iquitos on the Itaya River in the Peruvian Amazon - a place only accessible by air and via the mighty Amazon River toward the Brazilian border.

Much of lower Belen exists as floating houses or on high stilts to cope with the river’s huge level fluctuations during rainy season, which completely inundates low lying areas by some 5-6 metres.

Most residents are in abject poverty with no access to clean water, sanitation or power and rely on various river trade to make a living, such as these men who are transporting plantains (banana-like staple of the region).

© 2010 Brenden Allen

Mae Pa 
A small food station feeding Burmese workers on the Mae Pa rubbish dump in Mae Sot, Thailand. Illegal migrant workers having fled Burma collect rubbish, mostly plastic for the nearby recycling plant. Workers also have makeshift homes atop the piles of rubbish. Numbers vary from time to time as random Thai police raids tear down the residences and send truckloads back over the nearby border to very uncertain futures.
© 2009 Brenden Allen 

Mae Pa 

A small food station feeding Burmese workers on the Mae Pa rubbish dump in Mae Sot, Thailand. Illegal migrant workers having fled Burma collect rubbish, mostly plastic for the nearby recycling plant. Workers also have makeshift homes atop the piles of rubbish. Numbers vary from time to time as random Thai police raids tear down the residences and send truckloads back over the nearby border to very uncertain futures.

© 2009 Brenden Allen 

There’s a bushfire sky out tonight. Inspiring a sky/cloud shot from the archives.
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Train yard, Uyuni. Bolivia.
© 2010 Brenden Allen

There’s a bushfire sky out tonight. Inspiring a sky/cloud shot from the archives.

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Train yard, Uyuni. Bolivia.

© 2010 Brenden Allen