DJA (1)Biography

A six month stint working on a Falkland Island sheep farm at the tender age of 17 instilled in me an insatiable desire to explore the globe, not to mention a lifelong aversion to mutton. Strange as it may seem, gutting sheep and foraging for dinner on those windswept isles in the South Atlantic hooked me on travel, permanently.

They say variety is the spice of life. I research, write and shoot images on an eclectic range of subjects – from contemporary architecture in Chicago and investment in Indonesia to coffee production in Kenya and rhino conservation in Nepal. I may have treehugging tendencies, but that doesn’t stop me writing objectively when it comes to oil exploration in Norway’s Lofoten Islands, Chinese investment in Africa, geothermal energy in Iceland, or the rise of sustainable tourism in Mozambique.

I am always learning – about myself, about what I can do, and about this amazing planet on which we live. If you’ve enjoyed the work on this site, feel free to get in touch.



“Topical ideas, strong words, great images – what more could you want from a freelancer? Daniel has been one of my go-to contributors for years because he always provides absorbing, well-written copy supported by powerful, relevant photography.”  (Geordie Torr, Editor, Geographical)

“Daniel’s articles are well researched and beautifully written. With stunning photography, attention to detail and punctual delivery, he is a joy to work with.”  (Amanda Soila, Editor, Blue Wings)

“A long time contributor to Silk Road magazine, Daniel is an extremely professional journalist who always delivers well-crafted stories with an insider’s angle.”  (Amy Lo, Editor, Silk Road)

“Daniel has worked extensively for INTHEBLACK in recent years,  covering complex, big picture issues on the Asian region, in particular the economic rise of China and Southeast Asia. He frequently generates and develops his own feature ideas, but also writes well to brief, both with insight and unerring accuracy. With his contacts across the region bringing dry issues to life, Daniel’s all-round professionalism means that we will always commission him.” (Deborah Tarrant, Editor, INTHEBLACK)


International Storytelling

Copy, images and articles by Daniel Allen have featured in numerous print and online publications, including those below.

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Go Go Gadget

Having the right photographic gear, in the right place, at the right time, is essential to creative photography. Having said that, I try not to get too hung up on the tech. For those interested, this is what I’m carrying, right now…

* f-stop Satori camera bag / Think Tank Speed Freak v2.0 camera bag
* Canon 1DX / Canon 5D Mk III
* Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II IS USM
* Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L II IS USM
* Canon EF 200-400 f/4 L IS USM Extender 1.4x
* Canon EF 50 mm f/1.2 L USM
* Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
* Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 35 Optic
* Manfrotto tripod & head, variable and graduated ND filters, polarizing & UV filters, flash, bean bag…..