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PA1NT BY NUM8ER5 – FULL COVERAGE

Posted in Photography on December 23, 2015 by Thomas Allen

PA1NT BY NUM8ER5 — FOLEY (59 Orchard Street |  New York, NY 10002) until January 24, 2016.

 

Statement:

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Spotify Playlist (from opening night). You can hear is for yourself is HERE.

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The images:

WGB14 (Clear Blue Sky)

WGB14 (Clear Blue Sky)

W-B-210U (Divine Pleasure

W-B-210U (Divine Pleasure

VRO498B (Leaping Lizard)

VRO498B (Leaping Lizard)

SW 6543 (Soulful Blue)

SW 6543 (Soulful Blue)

NT584 (Sea Urchin)

NT584 (Sea Urchin)

NT567 (Shipwreck)

NT567 (Shipwreck)

NT549 (Blowfish)

NT549 (Blowfish)

N22 (Wild River)

N22 (Wild River)

MSL227 (Fossil)

MSL227 (Fossil)

MQ5-2D (Dark Shadows)

MQ5-2D (Dark Shadows)

HGSW4053 (Storyteller) [Self-Portrait]

HGSW4053 (Storyteller)
[Self-Portrait]

HGSW4020 (Dot-To-Dot)

HGSW4020 (Dot-To-Dot)

HGSW1354 (Find The Best Sheen)

HGSW1354 (Find The Best Sheen)

EB31-1 (Night Sky)

EB31-1 (Night Sky)

CI 127 (Purple Rain)

CI 127 (Purple Rain)

BP24 (Inevitable)

BP24 (Inevitable)

A50-1 (Shooting Star)

A50-1 (Shooting Star)

51C-2 (Magical)

51C-2 (Magical)

45YY 61:368 (Vintage Yellow)

45YY 61:368 (Vintage Yellow)

30GG 74:048 (Bluegrass White)

30GG 74:048 (Bluegrass White)

19B-4M (Golden Ticket)

19B-4M (Golden Ticket)

18C-2U (Saturday Morning)

18C-2U (Saturday Morning)

10C-4M (Orchard Street)

10C-4M (Orchard Street)

10C-1 (Milkweed)

10C-1 (Milkweed)

8-9 (Sickeningly Sweet)

8-9 (Sickeningly Sweet)



PA1NT BY NUM8ER5

Posted in Photography on November 28, 2015 by Thomas Allen

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PAINT BY NUMBERS, my exhibition of new work, debuts at FOLEY on December 9, 2015. The 22 photographs in the show will be uploaded here after the opening. In the meantime, you can preview everything here.

TEMPEST

Posted in Photography on September 16, 2015 by Thomas Allen


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SONG TO THE SIREN, 2015   |  C-Print   |   5″x7″ printed on 12″ x 12″   |   #1 OF 5
My silent auction donation for the upcoming Aperture Foundation event.

Contributors were asked to create an image based on a favorite song title.
I chose the This Mortal Coil cover of the Tim Buckley song.

A slight twist on the classic myth.

Image courtesy of FOLEY and G. Gibson Gallery.

FATHER FIGURE

Posted in Photography on September 11, 2015 by Thomas Allen

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My recent illustration for The Atlantic is the current leading image on their site. Here’s a screen cap detail. Click for the full version.

LIVE

Posted in Photography on June 19, 2015 by Thomas Allen

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On May 14th, I participated in Pecha Kucha Night at The Livery in Benton Harbor Michigan. CLICK to view HIT OR MISS—my 20×20 presentation (20 slides / 20 seconds each).

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WORKSHOP

Posted in Photography on April 21, 2015 by Thomas Allen

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I will be teaching a workshop on photographic constructions at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) this fall. MAKING PICTURES WITH THOMAS ALLEN,  a 20-hour, hands-on event, takes place September 18-20, 2015 following a lecture/presentation on Thursday September 17 at 7:30pm.  Register before April 30th and receive 20% off tuition. Complete details can be found here.

IMAGINATION

Posted in Photography on April 5, 2015 by Thomas Allen

Since the book is now available for pre-order, I think it’s safe to share details about a  recently completed project.

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The idea to picture an open book shaped like the United States (lower 48) came from Nayon Cho (Art Director at Penguin) along with this rough sketch:

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My immediate thought—”I can do this with a scroll saw!”

To do this,  I selected a medium-sized book to work with and broke the spine to make it lie flat. Next, I glued a template (with an outline of the U.S. printed in reverse) to the covers on the flattened backside. Then, with a thin, spiral-shaped blade attached to the saw, I slowly followed the guideline and made one, continuous cut all the way around.

This was the result:

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This was left over:

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The end product was too flat, so I glued the spine back together and rolled the pages. Here it is with the background color changed to red:

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Now, if you were paying attention, you saw that the title of the book I altered is DISPATCH THE GENERAL (see the negative space photograph above). However, the text pictured in the final image is from a classic work of fiction—added post-camera (by request). To make it work, I had to remove the particular pages from my own worn, paperback copy of Mark Twain’s HUCKLEBERRY FINN, affix them to the pages of another book with a matching curl and then photograph the entire thing at a similar angle.

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The end result was achieved with a bit of Photoshop magic and a whole lot of patience:

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