Lennell Allen is an image maker who lives at the edge of the ocean in San Francisco. A UCSF specialist in microscopy, she combines a lifetime professional career in scientific imaging at UCSF with a lifetime love of art photography. Her microscopy work has appeared on multiple national science journal covers; her art is in public collections as well as national and Bay area group shows. Her ocean images are in the SFPUC collection (2013); four images are being installed by SF Art Commission in the new Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (opening in 2015). She was on the SF Art Commission Registry from 2012 – 2015. Shows have included Arc Gallery, Pacific Art League Gallery (Palo Alto), McKinley’s Serenity shows, Photoplace Gallery (Vermont), and Misho Gallery (resident photographer), as well as National Women’s Caucus show “Choices”.
Lennell captures natural light with an eye and a lens. She is drawn to real images seen from a different perspective. She uses a camera, tripod, and slow exposures to combine layers of moving color to create a new final image. She uses photoshop lightly. Whether she is capturing evening seascapes, chasing drifting feathers on shallow ponds, or focusing ethereal reflections of sunlight through blue bottles, Lennell strives to capture the essence of an object, images that suggest rather than starkly inform.