I'm Allie Astell.
Born in Morocco to a Syrian mother and English father, as a child, I travelled much of the world with my parents.
My web consultancy business allows me to work from anywhere that has an internet connection, which enables me to indulge in my two real passions – travel and photography.
It was the iPhone, and particularly the Hipstamatic app, that got me into photography in Spring 2011. Once I started taking shots I was hooked.
My most recent trips have been to the Middle East (Syria, Morocco and Egypt), Norway and Las Vegas (for their Beard and Mustache Championships).
A self-confessed iPhone addict, Hipstamatic, Instagram and Leme Cam are my favourite apps for photography.
I'm currently based in Dahab, South Sinai, Egypt and have been for the past three years now. That’s where my passion for mobile photography really began.
This website is dedicated to my late Syrian mother, Hayfa, and my father Geoff, who inspired my fascination with travel and the Middle East. I would also like to thank my sister Jenny, my grandmother, Hilda May Plant, and my partner Sofian for their constant love and support.
The Children of Dahab, South Sinai are joyful, colourful and never camera-shy. During my time in Egypt they captured my heart more than anything else. Every day I would go for a walk and come across boys and girls, Bedouin and Egyptian, playing on the streets or at the beach. As soon as they saw me taking photographs they would gather their friends, run over and beg me to take more. This book is dedicated to all the beautiful children I met.
All photographs taken with the Apple iPhone 4 using the Hipstamatic and Leme Cam apps.
With candid depictions of life in the streets around the world, photographers include me (Allie Astell), Lecia Badran-Doane, Allan Bedford, Clay Butch Benskin, Hans Borghorst, Estevan Calcagno, Rosanna Cappiello, Roger Clay, Christophe Gremaud, Aaron J. Heiner, Michael Hyman, Arjan van der Horst, Eliano Imperato, Martin van de Kreeke, Jennifer Lee , Jessy Menchaca, Stefan Naurin, Paul Posadas, Natali Prosvetova, Marie Raffalli, Flemming Schmidt, Andrew David Shaw, Steve Stern, Noel de Los Reyes Villa, Cara Gallardo Weil, Anders Wesslén and Steve Wewerka.
Candid depictions of life in the streets around the world. Photographers include me (Allie Astell), Lee Atwell, Lecia Badran-Doane, Rosanna Cappiello, Fiona Christian, Roger Clay, Gina Costa, Alex Dejecation, Mikey Dela Peña, Donna Donato, Alon Goldsmith, Christophe Gremaud, Vivi Hanson Sacerdote, Arjan van der Horst, Eliano Imperato, Martin van de Kreeke, Heline Lam, Ric Maniquis, Jessy Menchaca, Christine Mignon, Paul Moore, Simone Muresu, Pajamadays Nobu, Natali Prosvetova, Marie Raffalli, Catherine Restivo, Noel de los Reyes Villa, Michelle Robinson, Flemming Schmidt, Andrew David Shaw, Mark Allan Smith, Roberto Ursino, Cara Gallardo Weil, Anders Wesslén, Steve Wewerka and Matthew Wylie. All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to Médecin sans Frontières.
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Prints & Downloads
My work can be ordered in a number of different formats, depending on the image and your format preference. I'm investigating the best way to be able to offer all of these formats direct from my website, but for now you can order them by contacting me with your requirements.
- Limited Edition signed prints
- Framed prints
- Canvas prints
- Digital downloads (coming soon on this website)
iPhone Photography Courses
Many people have asked me to teach them how to use their iPhone for photography, which apps to use and how to make the most of the many effects and filters available. Courses can be held in the United Kingdom or South Sinai, Egypt, where I am based much of the time.
Photographing Occasions & People
If you have a special event such as a wedding, holiday or party that you would like me to photograph, or if would like me to create portraits of your children, family or pets, please get in touch.
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Behind the Scenes of Hipstaland
Deadly is the Female Blog
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Adventures in Hipstaland
As I'm a web consultant, you'll find me mentioned here too... ;-)