Woodman, English 310, CSUB
Jessica DelgadilloIn Thomas Allen’s photograph the symbols of an intellectual woman and a romance is portrayed. While the idea of romance is blurred out in the background, the image of a female scientist jumps right out of the book. This could represent how a woman’s career and goals should be at the forefront, while romance should be a less important aspect of their life. It is also important to note the image is in black and white with a splash of red on the woman’s dress. Red is associated with “masculinity”, “fire,” and “passion,” which portrays women as acquiring masculine characteristics in Allen’s photograph, and the theme of equality among men and women is made present.(Stevens, 148). Even though women are viewed as maternal figures who obtain feminine qualities, Allen’s photograph depicts them in a different light; he conveys a strong image of how women can have both careers and a fulfilling love life.
Nadee Ramirez:Thomas Allen painting of a woman and a man can be sexually interpreted. This painting seems to have so much meaning behind it, but the fact that the words “all the way down” stands out can be misleading. In this image the man is on his knees touching the woman in a seductive way; the woman’s facial expression seems very inviting and provocative. The woman is leaning on a book, and the book read “all th way down, had her kisses betrayed..” The audience interpretation can definitely be sexually interpreted.
In Thomas Allen's picture, he portrays a woman experimenting with potions of love, and her experiment caused chemistry between her and her lover. In the blurred out background, it shows the lady's results. A mad scientist has created the perfect potion, and as shown she had much success in her chemistry. This picture symbolizes the chemistry as romantic chemistry instead of scientific.
Diana Camacho (mine was the one above)
Trisha MorrisseyThomas Allen illustrates the desire for family in a portrait of a showgirl, a loving husband, wife, and two children. The attractive showgirl, wearing her beautiful, expensive costume is on stage in the spotlight, but has no interest in being the star. Her body language is directing the audience to a family in front of her; an example of unity. On stage she is surrounded by no one except the longing for something more. The family in front of her is comprised of a father, mother, and two kids who are singing, smiling, and enjoying their time together. The parents are slightly blurred putting an emphasis on the children which could signify the showgirl's past childhood being full of singing and happy times, when now it is shadowed by competition and performance. Even though the showgirl is the center of attention; her longing lies elsewhere.
Chemistry, 2006 - Thomas AllenThomas Allen illustrates a form of chemistry between lovers. However, chemistry does not represent love in this picture; the physical attraction between this couple only represents lust. While their emotions were not supposed to take place in this passionate relationship, one of them begins to realize the he has slowly fallen in love. Since he began to slowly express his love towards her, she realized that it was time to end things to avoid hurting him, so she moved away to another country and continued her life alone. Therefore no one should mistake chemistry and physical attraction with love.
Chemistry, 2006 - Thomas AllenThomas Allen illustrates a form of chemistry between lovers. However, chemistry does not represent love in this picture; the physical attraction between this couple only represents lust. While their emotions were not supposed to take place in this passionate relationship, one of them begins to realize that he has slowly fallen in love. Since he began to slowly express his love towards her, she realized that it was time to end things to avoid hurting him, so she moved away to another country and continued her life alone. Therefore no one should mistake chemistry and physical attraction with love.
Lindsey GaribayThomas Allen’s last photograph depicts a family singing songs and at the window a woman dressed in a very flashy and revealing way. The family and the woman at the window have a similar appearance, but they seem to be of completely different social environments. Allen seemed to want to depict the way people try to appear perfect on the surface, when in reality people have some kind of alternate life or hidden desire. Although Allen does a great job of depicting a perfect American family, he also shows what hides behind the surface in a typical household, thereby allowing the outsiders to see what really goes on behind closed doors in American families.
Basil Qumsiyeh:In Thomas Allen’s fourth picture, it represents a story of deception. While the wife is busy working in the chemistry lab, the husband was cheating on her with her sister. The wife came home early one day, when she was surprised with her husband kissing another lady. She couldn’t believe what she saw. The one person that is supposed to be the most loyal to her is deceiving her with her husband. After she saw them together, she pulled her gun and shot both of them. The police came and arrested the wife; she didn’t resist when the police arrive, because she was still in a shock. Even though the wife killed two people, the judge sent her free, because it was considered as an honor killing case.
In the Thomas Allen photograph a women is fantasizing while studying. The women with only half of her body displayed may be describing only half of who she really is, since only a portion of her is shown. Because the center object in the photo is of a women studying chemistry, the women proves that educating herself is at the top of her priority list. The blurred image in the background of the women in love expresses only the illusion of love in the future, for she has placed love as her second priority. The partial body of the woman stands for how incomplete she really is; she remains incomplete without love in her life.
Erma MoralesIn the Thomas Allen photograph a women is fantasizing while studying. The women with only half of her body displayed may be describing only half of who she really is, since only a portion of her is shown. Because the center object in the photo is of a women studying chemistry, the women proves that educating herself is at the top of her priority list. The blurred image in the background of the women in love expresses only the illusion of love in the future, for she has placed love as her second priority. The partial body of the woman stands for how incomplete she really is; she remains incomplete without love in her life.
After observing "Chemistry" created by Thomas Allen, i discoverd its message, and I realized that true love cannot be scientifically solved. This message may be directed towards women, for both novels focus on women. Because the scientist is broken, love can only be experienced through becoming involved. It doesnt take a genius!
Thomas Allen's photograph of the lone man and woman is very revealing. The woman in the picture is depicted in a flirtatious manner, whike the man seems to proceed with caution. They both have a desire for eachother's bodies and they express that in their face expressions and body positions. The flirtatious mood symbolizes sexuality. They are sexually attracted to eachother. Ofcourse, while the man desires him, the man does too, because the mood depicted; the position of their bodies; and there face expressions, show us that. Mostly, there is an invitation on the woman and the man seems to proceed, but with caution. -Response by: Maria De La Riva
Janae BurresSlim, 2004- Thomas AllenIn this photo is a man walking across pages of a book or journal. The photograph symbolizes the idea of the horizon; the horizon “always acts as a magnet to the eye and a stimulus to the imagination: it encourages one to explore and to fantasize what lies beyond it” (Stevens 107). Thomas Allen uses the book to symbolize the horizon because the open, blank pages allow us to “see further [the] greater clarity…” of whatever is ahead of us on said journey (107). Even though the man is walking by himself across blank pages of some sort of book, the notion that he could be meeting someone is possible, yet he continues his secluded journey across the horizon.
The art piece Chemistry utilizes various symbols to portray the theme of possibilities. In the front of the piece is a woman working with chemicals and in the background are two lovers embracing each other in lust. The image of the female scientist conveys the idea of mixing two or more things with a potential unknown to all but those who specialize in that field, whereas the background image portrays a sense of desire and chemistry between two people. The blurring of the background image leads people to focus more on the frontal image, and inspires them more towards the idea of unknown possibilities then that of single lust, thus it gives people hope for the future with multiple outcomes. These and other symbols come together to bring a common theme of possibilities to the minds of those who see it. (Brian Dolph)
Eva Marie SalasIn Thomas Allens picture, “Hindsight, 2006” shows a beautiful women in clear view but placed in the distant yet another women stare’s about at the women passing’s beauty and confidence and she just slowly sips her drink. This picture shows jealousy by saying, if your too busy worrying about others you wont have much confidence in yourself, then you will present yourself in a false image to the people who are looking at you. The women up close in a slight blur is obviously jealous, which makes your appearance weak and gives a negative outlook in your life, while walking with confidence and a smile makes you feel in charge and well in control of others. Jealousy is an evil characteristic and ruins your confidence.
Nathan WhitingThe image of the man walking away from the setting sun symbolizes the return home after a hard day’s work, possibly life on the ranch or in the proverbial field. Whatever the work was, it was hard. The clothing of the man in the photo hints at his occupation; he is possibly a rancher with his rope in hand and his full brim hat, and his boots, thus eluding to the lack of a horse in the scene, nonetheless symbolizing physically rigorous tasks that merit sturdy clothing and protection from the elements. Although seemingly burdened, the gate of his walk is proud, and he is enjoying the trip home to the rest he as earned.
Jorge SolisThe Chemistry photograph of Thomas Allen is really interesting. People can see two images on the photograph; the images can be connected together to predict the meaning of the photograph. The photograph can be predicted as showing a woman that is making a potion because she wants to conquer her true love and live happily ever after. Even though the woman is trying her best to have this man to her side; we all know that potions only work in fairy tales and in the movies, but similar to the movies, hope is the last thing a person could ever lose.
Ashley Black:Fancy, 2006- Thomas AllenThomas Allen's last picture depicts entertainment's distortion on families. The family is shown bonding in the picture; also, the use of a piano is the family's form of entertainment. Because the family is blurry, the Marilyn Monroe look-a-like is now the spotlight of the picture. Although the family of four is at the forefront of the picture, the lady symbolizing a new form of entertainment takes up a majority of the picture and the family's way of life looks distorted.
Megan Reimer:As her heart is shattering, and she is losing her mind, the broken hearted woman is mixing up a potion filled with poison. She sees the happy couple so deep in love and is planning a plot of revenge. This woman's heart is filled with hate. If she tries to break the bond, she might risk her chance of ever finding love with this man, but something must be done, so she is going to follow what her heart desires.