Thomas Allen

Inspired by a View-Master and pop-up books as a child, Thomas Allen became interested in recreating these three-dimensional experiences by using mid century books and pulp fiction paperbacks as still life subjects. Allen gently cuts around the shape of his figures, physically releasing them from their two dimensional surface, and then places them in a new display of meaningful interactions. His characters are brought to life from their pages and covers by detailed lighting and selective focus, ultimately telling a distinct narrative with their newly defined settings. He explores the human experience by exploring sexuality, desire, childhood and scientific norms. In his earlier work from Uncoveredand New Releases, Allen portrayed unrequited love, dramatic sexuality, violence and dynamic scenes of movement. InBeautiful Evidence, Allen plays with the findings of science, the complexity of the universe, identifying with the wonder and innocence of childhood. With an offbeat and cinematic way of storytelling, Allen continues to create photography that is animated, contemplative and intriguing.