Timothy Allen

05.03.2012 in20:13 in City scape, architecture, Documentary -->

Timothy Allen was born in Tonbridge in the South East of England in 1971. At 22, after graduating from Leeds University with a BSc Zoology he left the UK and spent three years traveling around Indonesia which was the catalyst that sparked his passion for photography. In the nineties, after beginning a part-time diploma in photography, Timothy joined an aid convoy to Bosnia in order to shoot his first year reportage project. Six months later he had dropped out of college, moved to London and begun working for the Sunday Telegraph, later inspiring commissions from all the British broadsheet publications and finally, a six year position at The Independent working predominantly on features and portraits. Timothy joined Axiom Photographic Agency in 2002 leading him to cover a dynamic and broad spectrum of global stories with subjects ranging from the civil war in the remote Spice Islands of far eastern Indonesia, to the intriguing subculture of The World Taxidermy Championships in Springfield, Illinois.In recent years, the focus of his work has turned to our planet’s remaining indigenous societies and he currently devotes his time to documenting the diversity of humanity’s cultural heritage. His multi award winning documentaries have taken him to every corner of the globe, from 19,000 ft up in the Himalayas to40 metres beneath the South China Sea as well as projects within communities in the Arctic, tropical rainforest and remote desert locations.For his latest body of work, Timothy spent almost two years shadowing BBC film crews during the production of the landmark television series Human Planet. The weekly blog he wrote documenting his experiences during that incredible journey can be found here.
Buzludzha is a mountain in Bulgaria that has seen a number of historic events. In1441 the Turks were defeated there and driven from Bulgaria. In 1891 Bulgarian socialists met there clandestinely and organized. In 1981 the ruling Communist Party erected a huge monumental building, memorializing these events and meant to be a meeting space for Bulgarian Communists for centuries to come. Last year, the monument was gifted to the Bulgarian Socialist Party who may restore it if they can find the funds.
The monument has fallen into disrepair. The tonnes of copper that once sheathed its dome have been stripped and the roof is open to the weather.
 The Buzludzha Monument…