NEW YORK (AP) — Keegan Allen spends much of his life on camera on the ABC Family series "Pretty Little Liars," but he spends his free time behind the lens, taking photos.
His love of photography was born at age 10, when his father (the late actor Phillip R. Allen) let him borrow a Leica M6, a range finder camera.
"I was very introverted and that was my way of sharing my life with people. ... I wanted people to relate to the images that impacted me," Allen, 25, said in a recent interview.
His new photography book, "life.love.beauty," was recently published by St. Martin's Press.
Allen talked about photography and the identity of the mysterious character known as "A'' on "Pretty Little Liars" (Tuesdays, 8 p.m. EST) in a recent interview with The Associated Press.
FILM VS. DIGITAL
I feel like something has been lost with digital (photography). There was something about shooting film that was romantic with time spent waiting to see what the image was. It was a lot more thoughtful. There was a process to it. Not to say it was better, but it was more thoughtful. Also my parents would be like, 'Every time you click that shutter it's $1.75' because you'd have to go and get it developed.
ON BEING A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
I've been getting calls from my friends being like, 'Hey, we've hired a wedding photographer but ...' and I'm like, 'No, no, no, no, no. I see where this is going.' But I always bring my camera so it's like they know if I come to an event, they're gonna have some sort of pictures.
HE'S STILL LEARNING
I don't consider myself in any way, shape or form a professional photographer. It's a hobby that I love and I'll continue to do it for the rest of my life and try to get as happy with the result as possible.
I don't have a problem with selfies. I don't think anybody should have a problem with new things. ... It's just another form of expression and every form should be celebrated.
It's all about practice and understanding light. Lighting is 90 percent of photography. If you don't have light, you don't have photography. Also, I think it's important when I see people clicking away if you want a photo that speaks to others, have it speak to you. Make sure you know why you're keeping a photo or an image. It will change the way you look at the world.
WHAT HE'S LEARNED FROM BEING THE SUBJECT IN PHOTOS
It's given me a new understanding of the way that things are shot now. When I do photo shoots, the photographers and I end up becoming really close friends ... because we'll geek out instantly over equipment or the way things are shot and I enjoy that process.
HE KNOWS THE IDENTITY OF KILLER "A'' ON "PRETTY LITTLE LIARS"
It's shocking, it's stunning, it's exhilarating, it's tremendous. ... If you really go back to season one and watch it all the way ... and you really pay attention, you will know and understand who it is from the clues that they place there. ... It's a really amazing fable of four girls being traumatized by this character and (it's) pretty heartbreaking and gut-wrenching when you really find out.
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