Photographer Thomas Allen does some remarkable things by combining old books, cutouts, a camera, and a whole lot of talent. Allen has such a remarkable eye that his creations are used as dust jackets and covers for new books, completing the cycle.
I don't begin to understand how all of this is accomplished and Allen's website doesn't really make clear how he pulls it all together. But you have to see it, to believe it.
This is my favorite of the images I've seen. In fact, I like this original art even better than the book jacket into which it was later transformed.
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