Tom Allewell is a British landscape and urban photographer, with an abstract and minimalist style, that typically incorporates elements of geometry and surrealism.
His photography is more suggestive than descriptive, more an interpretation than a literal reflection of reality; that aims to evoke consideration and an emotional response in the viewer.
Geometry plays a crucial role in his photography, as does the use of novel perspectives, and long duration exposures that allow for the visualisation, through superposition, of time and motion.
A key focus of his work is the urban fringe, at the point of intersection between manmade and natural landscapes, in particular; the lesser photographed industrial and coastal town areas, 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 contrasts in colour.
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.