Glen Allison | A Steam Punk Steam Train Dream

Abstract steam train 1 | Glen Allison

Abstract steam train 1 | Glen Allison

Glen Allison

For me, art is crafting creative visual compositions that can flip your mind away from mundane reality causing you to ponder deeply while embracing a subliminal sense of balance and harmony in your mind’s eye.

My latest indulgence was a nostalgic steam dream chasing magical vintage steam locomotives of a bygone era across India to create my “Steam Punk Steam Train” series. For this fine art collection I’ve crafted abstracted renditions of old locomotives utilizing multi-image composite layering merged with bold color graphic design elements blended with photographic snippets of grungy urban textured chaos found along the way.

“The smoke and the fire and the speed, the action and the sound . . . the steam engine is the most beautiful machine ever made.” ~ Q. Winston Link

I draw from design training as an architect fifty years ago followed by two decades honing my eye as a self-taught architectural photographer examining nuances of light, shape and color. And after three additional decades of almost endless vagabonding I keep harnessing new explorations of creativity unleashed along the way. In my artworks I’m driven to achieve balance incorporating subliminal pivot-point rotation and measured visual control.

Abstract steam train 2 | Glen Allison

Abstract steam train 2 | Glen Allison

I’m a vagabond fine art photographer, pretty much homeless by choice for the better part of the past three decades, though I’ve parked myself if a few exotic destinations from time to time to execute extensive photoshop digital creations like this steam train series. Vagabonding seeped into my soul and deep into my psyche back in the 90s when at age forty-five reeling from a massive economic turndown I left a previously thriving architectural photography career behind in Los Angeles. In one bold leap toward the future I sold all my worldly possessions and began what ultimately became an extended midlife reinvention of myself as a travel photographer. My very first nonstop trip lasted nine years and took me through more than a hundred countries and remote locales.

The thrust of my work in the 90s was to capture exquisite travel icons across the globe that are represented by Getty Images through which I’ve garnered more than a hundred thousand publications including most of the world’s leading travel magazines. Today, at age 74, I’m free to play in the great whirlpool of creative ideas. I devote all my time to traveling and fine art image pursuits. I still maintain no permanent residence.

Abstract steam train 3 | Glen Allison

Abstract steam train 3 | Glen Allison

I loathe the idea of planting myself in one spot very long and I have no emotional need for sinking permanent roots. Freedom pulls me by the shirttail. The only baggage I allow in my life is a small camera bag with a Sony A7R3 mirrorless camera and a few lenses plus a tripod, a laptop and a couple changes of clothes. No car, no goldfish. Hey, deep friendships can be forged everywhere.

Nostalgic visions of steam locomotives caught my pause, spurring me to create these artworks.

The renowned American social theorist, Jeremy Rifkin, once said, “The steam engine was born on the eve of the American Revolution, consummating a relationship between coal and the new Promethean spirit of the age, and humanity made its first tentative steps into an industrial way of life that would, over the next two centuries, forever change the world.”

I’m not sure of my next destination. Tomorrow I’ll see which way the wind blows.

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