D. Laird Allan
I was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1949 and grew up in Windsor, Ontario. In 1971 I joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and went west to the training academy (Depot) in Regina, Saskatchewan. From there I was stationed in British Columbia, where I spent my 31 year career. 29 of those 31 years were spent in the traffic and collision analyst/reconstructionist field. Over that span I photographed every conceivable type of motor vehicle collision, attending over 4000.
At leaving the Force in 2002 I started a small professional business with my camera and expertise. I successfully completed the New York Institute of Photography Course. I am a people person and my favorite subjects are in fact people, especially children. I use a photo journalistic style to try and capture the essence of the subject's personality in a candid and spontaneous way. I have and will continue to attempt to capture our history for future generations to enjoy.
I continue to gain experience and am trying to keep up to date in the ever expanding digital world. I have studied at the Image Explorations in Victoria, B.C. under the tutelage of Masters of Photography, Joseph and Louise Simone of Montreal, Quebec. I will continue to follow my passion for life through my view finder. In 2009 I under went a medical event that has changed my life and slowed me down a touch. I have gone into semi-retirement and am picking and choosing the events that I want to capture. I hope to some day meet you in my view finder.
Carpe Diem and be safe.
D. Laird Allan