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Posted in Photography on September 16, 2015 by Thomas Allen


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.


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.


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).



Posted in Photography on April 21, 2015 by Thomas Allen


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.


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.


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:


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:


This was left over:


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:


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.


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




Posted in Commissions, Freelance, Photography on February 17, 2015 by Thomas Allen

Recent commission for Telerama (Paris)


Posted in Photography on February 5, 2015 by Thomas Allen


Driving to Mt. Pleasant, MI today to visit Central Michigan University. Speaking at Wightman Hall at 5:00 this evening. Workshop tomorrow from 10am – 3pm!


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