Tom Allewell is a British photographer, best known for his abstract and minimalist natural and urban landscapes, that typically incorporate elements of geometry and surrealism.
Whilst much of his photography can be described as tending towards abstraction, it remains true to reality, although a subtly different view of it. What was observed and exposed for is accurate, except for the removal of colour in his black and white imagery.
His photography explores geometry, symmetry and colour relationships at different scales and from different perspectives that are ever present in the visual environment, but are often overlooked. This is done with the aim of challenging the notion that abstract art should not correlate with the real world, and also to show how the photographic medium can be used to see reality in a different way; to invigorate the imagination and evoke consideration and an emotional response in the viewer. His use of long duration exposures, that allow for the visualisation of time, through the superposition of motion (moments), also plays an important role in this respect.
A key focus of his work is the urban fringe, at the point of intersection between manmade and natural landscapes, where strong relationships and juxtapositions can be found between geometric manmade structures and nature’s more fluid forms.
Natural landscapes, particularly those less explored, and remote, do continue to interest him however; as does the challenge of photographing and highlighting the beauty in the often overlooked, less conventional everyday scenes.
He predominantly works in black and white, as the medium is inherently abstract, allowing much greater latitude to interpret a scene and present it in a unique way, in addition to its ability to more directly convey an image’s underlying essence and atmosphere. Increasingly, his colour photography is generally reserved for more abstract compositions, that focus on strong forms and contrasts in colour, light and shadow; and border on an optical illusion.
Whilst he does focus on specific projects; his preference is toward a more organic, instinctual type of photography, that is dictated more by the prevailing environment he finds himself in through exploration, rather than via detailed planning.