Meet Evan Allan

We call it the #ICMEETSERIES and thought it would be interesting to find out a bit more about the people behind the disposables. We asked a few IC contributors to tell us a bit about themselves and this is what we got in return…

IC MEET SERIES – Q+A with…

Evan Allan
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Who are you?
That’s either a big question or a small question. Small version, I’m Evan Allan, a Brooklyn based photographer and video editor.

Where’s home?
Brooklyn right now, but I grew up in Asheville, NC.

What do you do for a crust?
I’m a video editor for a production company called North of New York. I edit, color, do motion graphics etc.

Can you tell us about your creative background?
I went to school for video production but we used Canon 5D Mark II/III so I was always taking photos. My Mom is a visual artist who was always taking pictures and her dad (my grandpa) was a professional photographer in Detroit 50s-70s. Using his cameras started me down the film photography path.

Best advice you’ve ever been given?
I can never remember this type of stuff, I’m sure I’ll think of something in a day and kick myself.

What do you do with your free time?
I tend to stay in on the weekdays, I try to always shoot on the weekends, go to parks and hang out with friends.

Tips for making your ideas and dreams come to life…
I find writing about my photos and ideas to be very illuminating. Also just try to execute your ideas and see what happens.

What inspires you to shoot film?
Finally seeing the results and seeing shots you forgot you took. The color of film and the texture of grain.

How did you come to connect with Indisposable Concept?
Through Instagram.

How did you find the experience of using the disposable camera? Enjoyable or painful?
Really fun! Haven’t used one since I was a kid. I’m not really a flash user so having to think about and rely upon that was interesting.

When shooting with disposables/film, how does it make you feel not being able to see the photos as they are taken?
I only shoot film so I’m no stranger to not being able to see what I’m shooting.

Analogue Vs Digital? What do you prefer and why?
Always analog, because I’m a sucker for punishment. It makes me think more about each shot, it makes it so I’m not trying a dozen variations of the same shot, I enjoy the results more, I love the look of film and the simplicity of film cameras.

It seems film photography and disposables are making a comeback, why do you think that is?
At this point people are so used to digital everything that I think they like the physicality of it. There are a lot of factors, obviously it’s seen as “cool” by some people, some people like to wear cameras as accessories, some people are realizing film cameras have never been cheaper and do give great results etc.

If someone destroyed all the disposable cameras in the world and you had the very last one, what would you capture?
My journey to find and kill whoever destroyed all those cameras. Honestly though I feel like I would try to give it to a museum or something, sorry I’m no fun.

What does the future hold for you?
Hoping to put together a few photo zines this summer, not sure if it’ll just be me or be a collaborative thing but I’m trying to make more prints and create more physical objects.

How would you describe your photographic style?
It’s sort of docu-style, I enjoy taking portraits but I hate when people pose. My style is waiting for people to forget that I have a camera.

Who or what influences you creatively?
Everything, movies, TV shows, books, but mostly other photographers who have a clearly defined style.

Where do you find inspiration?
Mostly instagram for photos but also movies.

What’s the biggest issue facing the world right now?
Maybe the monetization of everything? It’s hard to find the root of the self interested, us vs them mentality that we are often faced with. 

Worry less about….?
If people “like” my work…

Focus more on….?
If I am proud of my work..

Fave place to shoot?
Prospect Park in Brooklyn is great but also I like shooting anywhere that feels new to me.

5 at 5… (For lack of a better name)

5 Instagram accounts that inspire you?
1. @mayabeano
2. @prideaux
3. @joanapol
4. @patrickjoust
5. @alexandercoggin

5 things we need to watch on Netflix?
1. The Life Aquatic
2. Frances Ha
3. No Country for Old Men
4. Barton Fink
5. There Will Be Blood (if it’s still on there)

5 blogs/websites we need to follow?
1. Japan Camera Hunter – japancamerahunter.com
2. Shoot Film Co – shootfilmco.com
3. Negative Feedback – negativefeedback.co.uk
4. reddit.com/r/analog
5. pdexposures.com

5 places on planet earth you’d like to capture with your disposable?
1. Maine, USA
2. Washington State, USA
3. Marfa Texas, USA
4. Scottish Highlands
5. Lima, Peru