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Allen has both creative and intellectual skills, likely a product of his pronounced Ideasthesia. It’s a real thing.
Ideasthesia can be defined as the network of sensory associations that create ideas. So being sensitive to his environment leads to clear ideas that lead to fine photography.
A biologist before he was an award-winning photographer, Allen worked as lab technician in the Army and once published an article in The Lancet, a British medical journal. His abundant creativity launched a highly successful commercial photography career of 35 years until he co-founded Snapsold in 2015.
He and his soul mate Lydia have a daughter, Alexandra, who holds a doctorate in molecular medicine and works at MIT. Not bad. Their pet rescue dog Stella has no academic credentials but is an enthusiastic cuddler.