Hi! I’m a photographer based in the suburb of Lidcombe in the heart of Sydney, Australia. About five years ago my husband and I bought a little 1930s cottage a stone’s throw away from Rookwood Necropolis, the largest cemetery in the southern hemisphere. What I hadn’t realized when we moved in was that this incredible historic place also functions as one of Sydney’s most important green belts and is crucial to many of the local animal species. That means that our little backyard not only hosts the lizards and insects common to this part of the world, but also gets more unusual birds for a city dwelling such as black cockatoos, pardalottes, various finches, goshawks and grass parrots. In addition to that, I’m a big fan of gardening to promote smaller animals. Now that the garden is maturing the population of many of the species at home there is booming: particularly the native bees, butterflies, skinks, hoverflies and mantises. I absolutely love getting out there with my camera and checking out which critters are active on any given day. As an ex-pat of Vancouver, Canada I’m also thrilled that Sydney’s temperate climate means there is no real winter lull – every day there’s something interesting to photograph.
If you’re interested in visiting my business website you can find it at www.sjallenphotography.com.